Stress and Smoking

The majority of smokers smoke cigarettes when they are stressed to help calm them down. The question is, does smoking help to reduce stress?

The answer is yes and no.

When you get stressed your whole body tenses up and blood is pumped into the muscles. This is in reaction to a survival program which gives you the option to fight, flight or freeze. When you take nicotine into your body it causes the blood vessels to constrict and this interferes with your blood circulation. This in turn adds to stress. Smoking cigarettes actually adds stress into an already stressful situation!

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Smoking and past trauma

Just recently I had a client who although she said age wanted to quit smoking could not.

After two visits we explored why this was happening. It turned out that over the last few years her husband and many of her friends had died of cancer. She said it was as if everybody had abandoned her. Smoking cigarettes had been the only thing that did not abandon her, the only thing that she could rely on.

Consciously she wanted to stop smoking cigarettes but unconsciously smoking was the only thing that she could rely on. With this programming in place she will […]

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I can’t seem to Quit!

Just about everybody that smokes tries to quit smoking at one time or another. They quit for a time and then go back to smoking. Why is this?
When you stop smoking cigarettes you leave a gap in the subconscious mind. The mind does not like gaps and will try to fill that gap, usually by getting you to go back to smoking. That’s what the cravings are all about.
In most cases people resort to hypnotherapy to stop smoking cigarettes after they have exhausted every other avenue. This is a shame as hypnosis is probably the most successful way to stop […]

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Think it will work!

You get what you think. If you think that you will succeed, then you will. If you think that you will not succeed, then you won’t.
I get a lot of people who come to me to quit smoking who are extremely anxious about stopping smoking. They have the thought process of, what if it doesn’t work. This thought process puts doubt into the mind and reduces your chances of succeeding in quitting smoking.
What if you had in your mind, what if it does work? Your chances of success are so much better. Even better what if you also think; what’s […]

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Smoking. What’s the real cost?

When people want to quit smoking the cost of quitting is often a major factor. When you really think about it the actual cost of the process to quit smoking is small compared to the other costs involved in smoking. Let’s look at these costs:
Firstly, and more importantly is the cost to your health from smoking. How much is vitality and longevity worth? How much is the quality of your life worth? It probably can’t be measured. Even if the cost to quit smoking cigarettes is $1000 it’s a small cost when you compare it to quality, longevity and vitality.
Secondly, […]

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I messed up !!

I had a lady come to me to quit smoking in 60 minutes. With this program I use a mixture of hypnotherapy and NLP to help people to stop smoking cigarettes.
One of the keys to success is that you have to want to, but you also have to have good reasons to quit. In other words you have to want to but you also have to have a why!
In the course of the discussion before starting the process of quitting smoking I asked her why she wanted to quit smoking. She gave me her reasons and at the time I […]

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Are Electronic Cigarettes Healthier?

There is more and more research coming out about the adverse effects of electronic cigarettes.
At first the main objection to electronic cigarettes was that they used liquid nicotine. Nicotine when put into the body causes the blood vessels to constrict. This interferes with blood flow and causes your blood pressure to suddenly increase and opens you up to stroke.
In an effort to bypass this the manufacturers of electronic cigarettes brought out mixtures that did not contain nicotine, supposedly a good thing.
Last year researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that three of the flavouring chemicals have adverse effects […]

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Pressure from Others

I had a client the other day who phoned me to enquire about quitting smoking. During the conversation he said that his wife really wanted him to quit smoking cigarettes.
This was like a red light to me so I asked him did he want to quit smoking or was it his wife that wanted him to stop smoking. When I asked this there was a long pause before he answered which said it all.
His answer was that he thought he should stop smoking cigarettes as his wife did not like it and wanted him to stop. For a person to […]

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Cigarette filters

In 1925, inventor Boris Aivaz patented the process of making a cigarette filter from crepe paper, with some variants including cellulose wadding. Aivaz produced the first cigarette filter from 1927 in, but uptake was low due to a lack of the machinery required to produce cigarettes with the filtered tip.
From 1935, a British company began to develop a machine that made cigarettes incorporating the tipped filter. It was considered a specialty item until 1954, when manufacturers introduced the machine more broadly, following a spate of speculative announcements from doctors and researchers concerning a possible link between lung disease and smoking. […]

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Subconscious vs Conscious Mind

We have two states of mind, the conscious and the unconscious. There is a vast difference in the size of these two states.
If you were to imagine a sitting room, then one of the chairs would be the size of the conscious mind whilst the rest of the room would be the size of the subconscious mind. It stands to reason that the bigger state of mind, the subconscious, will always win.
When you want to quit smoking cigarettes then to succeed changes need to be made in the subconscious mind. You may consciously want to stop smoking cigarettes but if […]

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