I was just recently reading an article of how a university in America was going to ban smoking on campus. In the article the writer said that few or if any people gave up smoking after 26 because it was so addictive.
At Quit Smoking Expert here in Capalaba we help a lot of people to quit smoking cigarettes in 60 minutes. Because of this I think we are in a position to say that this is really not true at all.
What we have found is that the majority of people that come to us to quit smoking using hypnosis are 30 plus. I hardly have clients under the age of 26. When you are under 26 you think that you are bullet proof and nothing can touch you. At this age it is important to fit in and socialisation is a top value. Smoking cigarettes fits the bill.
This is also an age where you are usually in peak fitness and health and the effects of smoking have not become too apparent. There is damage from smoking but it hasn’t become too noticeable.
As for smoking being addictive, that is simply not true. Smoking is a habit and you can see it when you ask a person when they smoke. They will cite you a whole load of triggers and still have places in their lives where they do not feel the urge to smoke.
You can smell the second hand smoke or even be the recipient of second hand smoking and it doesn’t make you want to smoke a cigarette. Sure nicotine does have some effect on the pleasure centres of the brain but the longer and more you smoke the less the effects.
Probably the biggest effect you get from smoking is that your blood vessels constrict which causes a rush of blood.
In summary smoking cigarettes is not addictive and you can quit smoking because of this. Anybody who smokes regardless of age should consider giving up, it’s just not healthy for you!