Why do Farmers Grow Tobacco?

Farmers grow tobacco for the following reasons:
• It is a legally traded agricultural commodity for which, in global terms, there continues to be brisk demand;
• It thrives on the less fertile soils on the farm or region;
• There is no better cash crop in most environments suited to tobacco;
• As a rule, sale is guaranteed and price negotiated or determined by free auctions;
• Holdings are generally small in tobacco areas, necessitating high value cash crops to ensure family income;
• Good returns can be achieved per unit area of land;
• Tobacco-growing attracts sound infrastructure providing financial aid, technical assistance, transport and storage;
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Successful Hypnosis

To have a successful hypnosis session the customer must want to quit smoking and then trust the hypnotherapist. Without these two components the hypnosis session will not be successful.
As has been said time and time again the customer must want to quit smoking. It’s like all things in life, if you don’t want to you wan’t. It’s surprising the number of people that come to a quit smoking session that don’t want to quit. It seems a bit bizare but a lot of people come to a quit session because their partner has basically forced them to come. In this […]

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How to get the best out of Hypnosis

When hypnosis is used to quit smoking it is obvious that for it to succeed the customer has to go into trance and trust the hypnotist. Despite this customers will still resist or doubt and if this occurs there is a very real chance that they will start smoking again. Here are a few tips on how to get the best out of hypnosis:
Want to quit smoking – you cannot be made to do what you do not want to do. Despite what you see on the stage those people still wanted to show off and do strange things. Get […]

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Cigarette Cravings and the Brain

Within the mind of every smoker trying to quit rages a battle between the higher order functions of the brain wanting to break the habit and the lower order functions screaming for another cigarette (Science Daily, Mar 2007)
Brain scans reveal that there are three specific regions deep within the brain that appear to control dependence on nicotine and craving for cigarettes. These regions play important roles in some of the key motivations for smoking: to calm down when stressed, to achieve pleasure and to help concentration.
“If you can’t calm down, can’t derive pleasure and can’t control yourself or concentrate, then […]

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Smoking and Blood Sugar

Blood sugar plummets in many people when first quitting. The most common side effects felt during the first three days can often be traced back to blood sugar issues. Symptoms such as headache, inability to concentrate, dizziness, time perception distortions, and the ubiquitous sweet tooth encountered by many, are often associated with this blood sugar drop. The symptoms of low blood sugar are basically the same symptoms as not having enough oxygen, similar to reactions experienced at high altitudes.
The reason being the inadequate supply of sugar and/or oxygen means the brain is getting an incomplete fuel. If you have […]

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Have the Goal in Mind

Many people when they come to me are afraid that they will fail and start smoking again. A lot of this is due to the fact that they do not have a goal of what their life will be like when they quit smoking. Instead of developing and focusing on their goal they spend their time looking over their shoulder at things that happened in the past. If you drive down the road and continiously look in the rear view mirrow you will have an accident. That is the same thing that you are doing when you keep looking over […]

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How Effective is Hypnosis for Quitting?

Here is a brief review of some of the research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis:
90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis
Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.
87% Reported Abstinence from Tobacco Use With Hypnosis
A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At […]

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The Tobacco Plant

Tobacco is a plant of the nightshade family. The term is applied also to the cured and processed leaves of certain varieties of the plant, which are used in the manufacture of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff. Nicotine, an alkaloid contained in tobacco, is used for medical purposes and as an insecticide. Tobacco is one of the most important commodities in world trade, and is of major importance in the economy of the United States.
China is by far the world’s leading tobacco producer, with the United States ranking second. Most of the United States crop is produced […]

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Smoking Statistics for Australia

Around the middle of the last century, a clear majority of males aged 16 and over were smokers, compared to about one quarter of females (Table 1.1). In the following decades smoking among men declined, probably in response to the initial publicity regarding the health effects of smoking which first emerged in the 1950s and early 1960s. Women have always had a lower prevalence of smoking than men, but smoking among women continued to increase in the 1970s.
Percentage of Smokers in Australia 1945 – 1976
Year Male Female
1945 72 26
1964 58 28
1969 45 28
1974 45 30
1976 43 33

Smoking in both sexes declined from 1980 to 2007, the most dramatic drop being in males […]

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The History of Tobacco Smoking in Australia

Tobacco smoking first reached Australian shores when it was introduced to northern-dwelling Indigenous communities by visiting Indonesian fishermen in the early 1700s. British patterns of tobacco use were transported to Australia along with the new settlers in 1788. Among free settlers, officers and convicts, tobacco smoking was widespread and in the years following colonisation, British smoking behavior was rapidly adopted by Indigenous people as well.
In the earliest days of the colony the tobacco supply was unreliable and usage among convicts, in particular, was restricted, but by the early 1800s tobacco was an essential commodity routinely issued to servants, prisoners and […]

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