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When is the Best Time to Quit Smoking?

How about NOW!

It's so easy to put off quitting...

Has anyone ever told you that "you'll quit when you're ready"? If you wait for the perfect time to quit smoking, it may never come. You could find yourself facing a serious smoking-related illness while you're waiting "to be ready" . Not a pleasant thing to think about, but the fact is, it happens every day. Tobacco kills upwards of 114,000 people in the UK every year. And globally, a person dies a smoking-related death every 8 seconds.

  • Smoking causes numerous diseases and health problems, some fatal, among both smokers and non-smokers. For this reason, smoking is prohibited in public places in the UK and Channel Islands, so now may be the perfect time to quit smoking.

    Avoiding a smoking habit

    Many smokers say they started smoking before the age of 16, even though the law prevents anyone selling tobacco, cigarettes or cigarette papers to those under this age. Avoiding the temptation to smoke at an early age is therefore important to prevent you developing a habit.

    Reasons to quit smoking

    People give up smoking for many reasons, from a desire to improve their health and to save money, to wanting to appeal to the opposite sex or reduce any potential harm on someone else's health.

    Improving your health

    In the UK one person dies from a smoking-related disease every four minutes. Smoking causes:

    • lung cancer (smoking causes over 80 per cent of all lung cancer deaths)
    • heart disease
    • bronchitis
    • strokes
    • stomach ulcers
    • leukaemia
    • gangrene
    • other cancers eg mouth and throat cancer

    It can also worsen colds, chest problems and allergies like hay fever, bronchitis and emphysema, as well as have unpleasant side-effects such as wrinkles and bad breath. Smoking can also make you cough, sneeze or feel short of breath when you exercise.

    Boosting your sex appeal

    Its a myth that smoking helps you lose weight, in fact it can cause cellulite. And kissing someone with a mouth like an ashtray isn't sexy.

    Saving money

    Calculate how much your smoking habit is costing you in terms of money and you might be surprised how much you could save.

    Protecting other people's health

    Breathing in other peoples cigarette smoke, called secondhand smoke, can also cause cancer.

    • smoking around children - children exposed to secondhand smoke are twice as likely to get chest illnesses like croup, pneumonia bronchitis and bronchiolitis, and more likely to get ear infections, tonsillitis, wheezing and childhood asthma
    • mothers-to-be and smoking - smoking during pregnancy can affect both you and your babys health, and if you are exposed to secondhand smoke this can pass on harmful gases and chemicals to your baby
    • smoking in public - smoking is banned by law in many public places, including: all forms of public transport; theatres; cinemas; and public buildings


    Want to stop smoking?

    When willpower alone is not enough Multisession Hypnotherapy has been proven to be the most effective way to quit the habit.

    Smoking GraphMany therapists offer a one-off session for smoking cessation with free follow-up sessions if necessary. A stop smoking consultation with a hypnotherapist will generally involve gathering information into your personal reasons for wanting to quit smoking.

    The stopping smoking session or sessions will include hypnotherapy techniques, positive affirmations and suggestions. At the end you will often be given a stop smoking tape or CD to take away so that you can continue to reinforce the suggestions in your own time.

    The cost of a hypnotherapy session for stopping smoking will be minimal compared to the financial and health costs incurred during a lifetime of smoking.

    Quitting smoking should not be difficult or unpleasant. Granted nicotine is a difficult substance to go without when giving up smoking, but after a few days it is out of your system and most smokers agree that quitting smoking for a few days is difficult but very achievable.

    So that's it! A tricky few days and then a lifetime of freedom. So why hasn't it been that easy previously? Simple - you didn't deal with the psychological addiction of smoking. In fact, you probably put cigarettes up on some kind of a pedestal.

    If you think that stopping smoking is depriving you of something, then it is just a matter of time until you start again. Hypnotherapy is ideal for this. Using hypnosis, you can deal with all of the emotional and psychological aspects of giving up smoking.

    Hypnotherapy has enjoyed a high success rate with smoking cessation and stopping smoking is one of the most common reasons why people consult hypnotherapists. When quitting smoking, it best not to dwell on negative aspects such as ill health, but instead to aim for positive outcomes such as good health, fitness, freedom and energy.

    Stopping smoking - What can you do?Would you like to know how to stop smoking in a positive and easy way?

    How about starting right now by making a list of all of the benefits you will enjoy as a non-smoker? Imagine yourself in the future, say six months time from now.

    How good is it going to be when someone offers you a cigarette and you find yourself saying 'no thanks'? Perhaps you can imagine how proud you are going to feel and how positive you will be about yourself.

    Hypnosis is not the mind control technique that is often represented on TV and in the media. In fact, you cannot make people do anything using hypnosis. Quite the opposite, if someone doesn't want to stop smoking, they will be even more definite about that in hypnosis! Did you realise people can lie in hypnosis as easily as they can out of hypnosis?


    Hypnosis is the best way to stop smoking.