" Just thought I would drop you a line to tell you that since seeing you over two months ago, I have not craved a cigarette, in fact the thought of one makes me feel physically sick. My husband still insists on continuing with his acupuncture which obviously still doesn't work as he smokes just as much as he ever has, I am pushing him to come and see you, but he is being stubborn. I lit a cigarette for him the other day, and had no urge to smoke it, in fact the taste made me sick. Thanks for changing my life for the better, I am forever grateful and will recommend you to anyone who really wants to quit for good." Debbie R

 

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Can Hypnotherapy Help you to Quit?

Professional hypnotherapy is proven as the most effective way to stop smoking. You can quit smoking with hypnosis and be free:

Guaranteed to succeed if you really want to - it usually takes just one session. Convenient appointments available day time and weekends.

One-off payment of £60.00.

Email Sarah now or call 01277 220620 to book your appointment.

The Dangers of Smoking

The beginnings...Most people who smoke started when they were adolescents, in a hurry to achieve adulthood. It is so easy to believe as teenagers that we are invincible and the suggestion that we might become addicted to and dependent on cigarettes seems ridiculous. This is the age when we really do know it all! But the harsh reality is that we are too young to be wise and too old to be told...

The survival instinct...The first response to a cigarette is always the same as the subconscious mind strives to carry out the primal survival function. It deploys its defences against the poison which has entered the body, choking and coughing in an attempt to expel the dangerous substances.

Dizziness and disorientation are experienced as the brain is suddenly deprived of oxygen. The delicate taste buds in the mouth react violently in protest at the foul mixture. The heart beat quickens adding to the anxiety that is part of the warning system alerting us to imminent danger.

Chemical content...There are over two thousand chemical compounds in tobacco smoke. Around thirty of those are known carcinogens and many are lethal poisons. We are all aware of the most common chemicals, nicotine and tar but what of the others?

Arsenic is present in tobacco smoke as is cyanide, ammonia, benzo-pyrene, carbon monoxide and prussic acid. Added to this are the insecticides and chemical fertilizers sprayed on tobacco crops. All these chemicals and many more are present in cigarettes and other tobacco products and are now absorbed into and pollute the tissues of the smoker's body.

Arsenic and cyanide! Both of these substances are instantly recognisable as extremely poisonous to humans. Are you aware that nicotine is one of the most poisonous substances known to man? If you were to extract the nicotine from one cigarette and, with a hypodermic needle, inject it directly into a vein, you would be dead in seconds.

"It helps me to relax"...Nicotine is a recognised vasoconstrictor - it causes the arteries to contract. The heart has to work harder to pump blood around the body. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, your heart has to beat an extra 10,000 beats in that 24 hours.

The effects of smoking are devastating for your heart. Nicotine raises blood pressure and increases the risk of blood clots. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood's ability to absorb oxygen and is responsible for the development of cholesterol deposits on artery walls. The overall effect is increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Cancer is the bogeyman of smoking. Smokers are at greatly increased risk from almost all forms of cancer.

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

Within 20 minutes - Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal and the body temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal levels.

Within 8 hours - The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.

Within 24 hours - Your chances of having a heart attack already decrease.

Within 48 hours - Your nerve endings start to grow and your sense of smell and taste improve.

Within 72 hours - Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and you can breathe more easily. Your lung capacity increases which means you can do more physical activities more easily.

Within 2 weeks - 3 months - Your circulation improves, walking becomes easier and your lung function increases by up to 30%.

Within 1 month - 9 months - Coughing, sinus infection, fatigue and shortness of breath continue to decrease and your overall energy levels increase. The cilia regrow in your lungs increasing your ability to handle mucus and clear out your lungs to reduce infection.

After 5 years - The chances of lung cancer drops dramatically.

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After 10 years - The chances of lung cancer for the average smoker drops to almost the rate of non-smokers. Risk of other cancers is also dramatically decreased.