By David Heard-Smith D.H.P.
The debate on smoking is at last entering the social and business elements of life in Cyprus due to the dictates of the EU. Things are going to change and those who choose to smoke will become the pariahs that they are in the UK and other countries. Personal choice is defined, seemingly, as some people having a particular view being able to dictate what other people with a differing view may or may not do.
Personally, I am of the opinion that if a person chooses to smoke then they are entirely within their rights to do so, as are those who choose to eat and drink excessively. These last two are probably more hazardous to good health and longevity and invariably caused by a neurosis.
Clearly, however, consideration should be made for other people’s comfort and wellbeing. I believe that those who profit from the patronage of smokers, drinkers and diners have some responsibility to use a little of their profits to provide reasonable air conditioning or separation to ensure their clients’ comfort. Business premises should provide areas for those who wish to smoke to do so. Good sense could well be encouraged. Smokers, and this is the subject on which I write, do not, generally, like to be in smoke filled rooms anymore than non-smokers. Just as most people equally object to being in close proximity to those amongst us who allow themselves to pollute the atmosphere with their personal body odours. I have noticed that the loudest protesters to other people smoking are ex smokers who resent the fact that they no longer allow themselves to partake whilst others continue to do so. To some, smoking is offensive but no more so than a drunken non-smoker or having to watch the appalling eating habits of so many of the population.
Good sense and consideration would probably solve the problem but there is little of that to be found and vociferous fanatics amongst the ex and non-smokers really do not have the right to enforce their views upon others in an attempt to curtail their respective human right to smoke if they wish.
All that said and done, it is true to say that smoking is as likely to do a body more harm than good as is drinking and eating too much and avoiding reasonable amounts of exercise. With this in mind you will be well advised to stop smoking but only if it is by you exercising your own free will.
The medical fraternity in general will and do use every method they can to convince the populace that smoking is the cause of practically every ailment known to man even though a great many lifelong non-smokers are affected and die from these same ailments. By so doing they damage their own argument and do disservice to us all. It is more likely that most of the vices with which we dabble would be fairly harmless if that indulgence took a moderate form.
The content of tobacco smoke, particularly in cigarettes, is a noxious concoction of extremely dangerous toxins or poisons. The following lists a number of them.
What is in Tobacco Smoke?
Cigarette smoke contains 4000 chemicals amongst which are nicotine, carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic and tar. At least 50 of the chemicals are known to cause cancer of the throat, mouth, bladder and/or kidneys.
NICOTINE is a powerful drug that acts as a stimulant and is said to be responsible for your dependence on tobacco. It causes the release of adrenaline, which, in turn, raises the heart rate and blood pressure. Another effect is that it narrows the arteries and this is compounded by the build-up of fatty substances in the walls of the blood vessels increasing the possibility of heart attack.
CARBON MONOXIDE, a gas present in the tobacco smoke, attaches itself to the haemoglobin in the blood and thus lessens the available oxygen carrying capacity of the blood. This causes breathlessness and, over time, swelling of the airways reducing further the supply of air to the lungs.
TAR is the collective name for the many chemicals that form a thick sticky substance that coats the inside of the lungs and, in turn, increases the risk of lung cancer. Changing to low tar cigarettes does not solve this problem because the smoke is simply inhaled more deeply into the lungs.
All is not lost, however, as you can see below.
The Health Benefits of Giving Up!
There are immediate and long-term benefits to giving up smoking which are ~ after approximately; 20 minutes. Blood pressure and pulse rates return to normal and circulation in the hands and feet improves.
8 hours. Oxygen levels in the blood return to normal and the chance of experiencing a heart attack starts to fall.
24 hours. Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body and the lungs commence clearing debris from within. This will cause a period of coughing and spitting but all in the cause of improved lung function.
48 hours Senses of both taste and smell are greatly improved and the breath smells better.
3 months Lung function increases so breathing is easier and the nagging ?smokers cough? disappears. Risk of gum disease is reduced and tooth staining starts to fade.
9 months The risk of experiencing complications during pregnancy has reduced to the level of a non-smoker. Clearly any woman intending to become pregnant should stop smoking 9 months before conception for the baby to enjoy the full benefits of having a non-smoking mother. That’s a difficult one unless you are very clever.
18 months The lungs have completely cleared to the level of a non-smoker.
5 years The probability of contracting mouth, throat and oesophageal cancer is reduced by 50%.
10 years The risk of lung cancer is reduced to half that of a non-smoker and the risk of heart attack drops to that of a lifetime non-smoker.
What is the best way to stop smoking?
Hypnotherapy has been proved to be, by far, the most successful method for Stopping Smoking. You can check the facts of this statement in WHICH Magazine and NEW SCIENTIST Magazine 2001. Both report the findings of a large and comprehensive study carried out by the University of IOWA. (Check the internet for this report.) The least successful method was found to be the help offered by the medical fraternity. Have you ever questioned why so many nurses and health professionals smoke?
The method I use approaches the subject comprehensively and is approximately 95% effective.
Using the method of hypnotic suggestion, which the subconscious will accept because you WANT to Stop Smoking, changes the way the client thinks and feels about smoking. It changes the powerful Belief System and gives Tangible Reasons to stop rather than ‘nice ideas’. I will ask some probing questions before the therapy to ensure that I am not about to remove the client’s much-needed crutch. If the client suffers powerful neuroses then it would be unethical or cruel to stop them smoking until they have undergone an analysis to resolve their inner conflict. The new successful non-smoker will not experience powerful withdrawal symptoms, put on weight nor will he/she become grumpy and bad tempered.
I have said on many occasions that Hypnotherapy will only work if the client genuinely wants it to because a hypnotist is unable to make a person in hypnosis do anything that is against their will or beliefs. Please forget all the rubbish that you have read in books and seen on the television to the contrary, this is for dramatic effect. Ignore all the tales that your friends tell you about a hypnotist MAKING someone do something at a show they have witnessed or been told about. What I have stated is the truth and after 20 years of practice I believe I know more about it than your friend.
To Stop Smoking successfully and without all the reported side effects most people need help. The best method to use is Hypnotherapy but only if you genuinely WANT to STOP. What I find amazing is that so many people are prepared to pay good money for treatment to stop smoking when they really only feel that it is a good idea to stop or that, perhaps, they ought to stop. Of course they then take great delight in announcing that ‘It didn’t work’ or ‘He couldn’t make me stop’ as if it is some sort of badge of merit. The truth of the matter is that they really didn?t want to stop in the first place and refuse to take responsibility for their own actions or desires. Many other people will come for treatment but refuse to go into hypnosis and say ‘I can’t do it’. ‘Can’t’, a non-existent word meaning either ‘I don’t know how’ or ‘I don’t want to’. Everyone can enjoy hypnosis unless they are brain damaged or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Having a ‘strong mind’ is no bar to this pleasurable therapy unless it is strongly against receiving help.
For those amongst you who genuinely want to stop smoking it will be successful if you use hypnotherapy. For those who do not have that ‘want’ it will probably fail as any method of stopping smoking will, making their life and the lives of those around them a misery.