People still smoke!
With the advent of the smoking ban in 2007 many people gave up smoking and smoking in the UK is at an all time low. However, The Office for National Statistics (2016) reported that 16% of adults still smoke. This equates to 7.6 million people in the population. On average a smoker will get through 11.5 cigarettes each day at a cost of over £5 a day (approximately £35 per week or £1,820 annually). The effects of smoking both direct and second hand are well publicised and widely known with deadly diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke at the top of the list.
In fact, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the UK with 85,000 deaths recorded as smoking related in 2015. Yet despite the direct links between smoking and ill health too many people still persist with this deadly and expensive habit.
Your body can recover quickly once you give up
Reasons people give for not quitting often involve a sense of fatalism ‘it’s too late for me’ or ‘what is the point if I am already suffering from the effects.’ What they don’t realise is how quickly your body can recover once you give up. Just 24 hours after quitting smoking your risk of heart disease decreases and after one year you will have halved your excess risk of heart disease. You will notice how much easier it is to exercise as it takes only 3 months for your lung function to increase by up to a third, your circulation improves and your energy levels increase. Between 5 and 10 years after giving up smoking you will have reduced the risk of lung, mouth and throat cancer and after 10 years the risk of stroke or heart disease is similar to that of someone who has never smoked. Recovery rates for those under 35 who smoke 15 cigarettes or less per day and have a good level of fitness may be even faster especially if the rate of cigarette consumption has never exceeded 15 per day. *
How I can help you.
Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy I can help you to understand why you are one of those people who still has not given up and what you can do about it. A session to help you quit smoking is a one-off session that lasts for up to 2 hours with no need for an initial consultation.
What is involved in a session?
During the first part of the session I will explore with you why you smoke and the history of your smoking habit. We will look at what is good and bad about smoking for you. Most importantly you will learn what happens in your brain when you smoke and how to work from the area of your brain that will help you to quit. The session ends with hypnotherapy; a deep guided relaxation which helps to affirm your new learning. You will also have access to a language file to help you to continue listening to these positive messages as you start your new life as a non-smoker.
*These statistics are based on research by more than one cancer society and do not represent guaranteed clinical or physical improvements to any one particular individual. It is widely accepted that non-smokers even those who have smoked at some time in their lives, live longer and with a higher quality of life than those who smoke or continue to smoke.