Currently, in the UK, a pack of 20 cigarettes costs around £8.00. Assuming you smoke 20 a day, do you know how much that is in a year? It may surprise you to find that the answer is £2,880! Per year! The cost will only go up, but the ill-effects on your health is immeasurable.
We all know that smoking is bad, expensive and will most likely kill you – so why do so many of us carry on?
The answer lies in chemicals the brain releases when we are relaxed and happy – the best known of these is called serotonin. This is a ‘reward’ the brain gets for being positive. Sadly, smoking interferes with this reward, and introduces it’s own chemicals – your natural serotonin production is greatly diminished, and the brain will accept the chemicals in cigarettes as a substitute because any chemical response is better than nothing! The smoker will become less and less able to produce serotonin, and become more and more reliant on the chemical rush from the cigarette… It’s a vicious circle that results in the subconcious mind wanting to promote smoking.
It’s no coincidence that people who stop smoking will often make great strides in their lives – with more confidence, more self-esteem and more self respect.
During the stop smoking session, we will discuss this – and much more. The best time to quit is NOW! The consultation is a one-off session of approximately 2 hours.
What about Electronic Cigarettes?
The following statement is taken directly from the NHS UK Website:
Electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes – are electrical devices that mimic real cigarettes but using an electronic cigarette or ‘vaping’ as its come to be known, produces a vapour that’s potentially less harmful than tobacco smoke. Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine and, when they do, it’s the vapour that gives the nicotine hit.
Since their emergence around five years ago, e-cigarettes have become increasingly popular. They’re typically marketed as a healthier (and cheaper) alternative to traditional cigarettes. And, because they don’t smell or produce smoke, they may be used in places where smoking is banned, like bars, restaurants, public transport, planes and even hospitals (though it is courteous to get permission from those around you beforehand).
While e-cigarettes may be safer than conventional cigarettes, we don’t yet know the long-term effects of vaping on the body. There are other potential drawbacks to using them:
Electronic cigarettes aren’t regulated as medicines so you can’t be sure of their ingredients or how much nicotine they contain – whatever it says on the label
The amount of nicotine you get from an e-cigarette can change over time
They aren’t proven as safe. In fact, some e-cigarettes have been tested by local authority trading standards departments and been found to contain toxic chemicals, including some of the same cancer-causing agents produced from tobacco
So far, there’s no proof that they can help people to stop smoking
There are clinical trials in progress to test the quality, safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes, but until these are complete, the government can’t give any advice on them or recommend their use.
If you have any further questions about stop smoking hypnotherapy, or wondering if Hypnotherapy is right for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me. All enquiries, just like my consultations, are held in the strictest confidence, and with your safety and well-being in mind.