The facts speak for themselves, the negative effects of smoking affect all area’s of your life.
Each cigarette contains around 4500 different types of poison.
That’s right, each time you light up a cigarette you are inhaling 4500 poisonous substances.
Below are a few of the chemicals (with a little information on each one), that can be found in a cigarette.
HYDROGEN SULPHIDE – A poisonous chemical with a characteristic smell of bad eggs.
METHANOL – A fatal poison – small internal doses, prolonged exposure of the skin to the liquid, or inhalation of the vapour can cause blindness.
ACETONE – Nail varnish remover, also a form of paint stripper.
AMMONIA – Ammonia solutions are used to clean, bleach and deodorize. To etch aluminium, to soponify (convert into soap) oils and fats, and also in chemical manufacture.
Ammonia and ammonia vapours are irritants – prolonged exposure and inhalation cause serious injury and may be fatal.
DDT – Once considered a wonder pesticide it is now banned from commercial use because of its lethal side effects.
BENZENE – An aromatic chemical, proven to be a major carcinogen.
HYDROGEN CYANIDE – Used in the American gas chambers to execute people.
NICOTINE – A highly toxic nerve poison, which contracts the arteries and at the same time increases adrenalin production. It raises the Blood Pressure. IT IS A STIMULANT, IT DOES NOT RELAX. In some areas of the world it is used to destroy sick animals, and is highly effective at this task.
If the arteries are already narrowed as a result of ageing or a build up of cholesterol, then this extra restriction can be very serious indeed, in some cases even resulting in amputation or sudden death.
The damage these toxins cause reaches every organ of your body. They enter your bloodstream and are carried into your muscles, fibres, sinews, tendons and nervous system.
1 person dies every 5 minutes from a smoking related illness in the UK.
1 puff of cigarette smoke contains 4,500 chemicals, including arsenic, acetone and formaldehyde (which is actually embalming fluid!!!).
According to the Lung and Cigarette web page smoking causes 10 different types of cancer:-
Mouth and Tongue – Throat and Larynx – oesophagus – pancreatic – bladder – Kidney – Blood (Leukaemia) – Lung – Brain and Liver.
90% of Lung Cancer is caused by smoking.
90% of Emphysema is caused by smoking.
90% of Lung Cancer is PREVENTABLE.
Nicotine can cause Cancer wherever it reaches.
It is secreted in the Cervix of women smokers. A woman who smokes is much more likely to have fertility problems.
New research conducted at Boston Massachusetts General Hospital has discovered that the chemicals and toxins found in cigarette smoke can prematurely trigger a genetic signal which causes women’s ovaries to shut down and her egg cells to die. These signals would not normally be activated in non-smoking a woman until her mid-forties, possibly even as late as her early fifties.
In today’s world many women elect to establish themselves in a career before becoming a mother. As a result a growing number of women are waiting until their late thirties to try for their first pregnancy.
The head of research Dr. Jonathon Tilly has discovered that a woman of this age who smokes runs a far higher chance of infertility, as the effects of smoking are likely to have damaged her fertility in a very specific way.
The chemicals inhaled through smoking, can bind to a receptor inside the immature egg cells whilst they are still in the ovaries, this then triggers the release of what he calls a “suicide gene” which programs the egg to die.
These lost eggs cannot be replaced and therefore every one that is lost reduces the chances of a pregnancy.
In the UK statistics show that over a third of women between the ages of 16 to 49, and that as many as 40% of 20 to 24 year olds are regular smokers.
Richard Kennedy, a consultant Obstetrician and gynaecologist who is also secretary of the British Fertility Society believes that for now the best way to protect your fertility is to give up smoking.
The BMA believes that many Hysterectomies are performed that would not be necessary if the patient was a non-smoker.
This is strong motivation for any woman to become a non-smoker however male smokers do not get an easy time of it either. Male fertility is also adversely effected by smoking.
In 2005 scientists at the University of Buffalo, ran an investigation into the effects of smoking on a mans fertility.
In this study they compared sperm from screened donor’s to sperm from 18 male smokers.
In the subsequent lab tests it was revealed the smokers sperm was less likely to bind tightly to the egg, a vital step if is fertilization is to take place.
Almost all smoking damage is repairable. Your body is a wonderful piece of construction which can heal itself. Below is a chart showing how quickly the healing process begins to take effect.
Low risk indicators:- Under 35 years of age. Smoking 15 a day or less. Good fitness levels, regular exercise taken. No persistent cough. Low total consumption since becoming a smoker.
High risk indicators:- Over 50 years of age. Smoking 30 or more a day. Poor fitness levels, no regular exercise taken. Persistent cough. High total consumption since becoming a smoker.
Benefits of Becoming a Non-Smoker
Low Risk High Risk
Blood pressure and pulse rate drops to normal.
Temperature of hands and feet return to normal.
Carbon Monoxide levels in the blood drop to normal.
Oxygen levels in the blood increase to normal.
Chance of heart attack decreases.
The nerve endings start to re-grow.
Sense of taste and smell improve.
Your Circulation improves. Exercise, including walking, becomes easier.
Lung function has increased by up to one-third.
Cilia have re-grown in the Lungs and Airways.
Overall Energy levels have increased.
Coughing, sinus problems, tiredness, shortness of breath all decrease.
1year. 12 – 18months.
Excess risk of heart disease is halved.
Recovery rate from heart bypass surgery has almost doubled.
24 – 30months. 5years.
Lung cancer death rate for the average former smoker has almost halved.
The risk of mouth and throat cancer has halved.
The risk of Stroke is now similar to that of a non-smoker.
Lung cancer death rate is now the same as for non-smokers.
Pre-cancerous cells have been replaced by healthy ones.
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, kidneys and pancreas decreases.
Risk of heart disease is now that of a non-smoker.
These figures 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, (including those who have smoked in the past) live longer with a higher quality of life than those who smoke.
Research shows that 69% of smokers want to quit.
This is hardly surprising when you realize that 31 deadly diseases are linked to smoking.
Asthma – Emphysema – Bronchitis – Coronary Artery Disease – Gangrene of the legs and feet – Strokes – High Blood Pressure and of course ten different types of Cancer, to name but a few.
The nicotine from just one cigarette, if injected directly into the bloodstream in its undiluted form, would kill a horse or four grown men.
Nicotine is more deadly than cyanide.
A link has been made between childhood Asthma and parents who smoke.
A women who smokes just 3 cigarettes a day, is TWICE as likely to have a heart attack as a women who does not smoke.
Becoming a non-smoker can even improve your sex life!!!
As arteries become blocked through smoking the blood flow is impaired which results in a loss of sensation.
Once you become a non-smoker your arteries begin to widen, allowing increased blood flow throughout your body.
This increases your sensitivity levels dramatically.
Women who become non-smokers frequently find they become aroused more easily than in their smoking days. They also report improved orgasms.
Men who quit smoking find they get better erections due to the increased blood flow throughout their body.
All Round Well Being.
When you quit smoking you are not depriving yourself of anything!!! You are in fact doing yourself the greatest possible service, you will see improvement in all areas of your life, your energy levels will increase as your body is no longer spending all its time fighting off the poisonous substances ingested every time you light up.
Your skin tone and complexion will improve once you stop shrouding your face, several times a day, in toxic smoke.
Oxygen and other nourishing nutrients will be able to get to work on your skin, improving its appearance and texture.
Your eyesight may improve as the damaging smoke and fumes are no longer entering your eyes on a regular basis.
Dental health improves as your mouth is toxin free, and smoking is not causing damage to your teeth and gums any more.
Breathing becomes easier as your lungs and airways are no longer being polluted by these noxious substances.
Once the residue tars and nicotine etc. that are stored in your body have cleared you can find your lungs feeling clear and fresh, you will be coughing less and generally feeling fit and healthy.
Being able to exercise and go about your daily business with greater ease and comfort.
Concentration levels increase as a greater amount of pure oxygen reaches the brain, allowing you to focus more easily.
You will be setting a far better positive example to children who look up to you, maybe your own children or grandchildren.
By quitting you are demonstrating to them that smoking is a bad thing, and that you are wise enough and strong enough to kick this habit.
You are also protecting them from becoming passive smokers, as they are no longer breathing in second hand tobacco.
Although these days most parents try not to smoke in front of their children it lingers on your clothes and on your breath, even on your skin.
Your sense of taste and smell improve dramatically as your taste buds and nasal passages are no longer coated in the tar from nicotine and dulled by the chemicals and toxins in every cigarette smoked.
You vastly increase your chances of a longer healthier life, research shows that around 50% of all long term smokers suffer an early death from smoking related illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and bronchial illness.
Remember 90% of lung cancer is preventable. You can add years to your life, quality years not time spent gasping for every breath, simply by quitting now.
On top of all these benefits to your health and life style there is also the financial aspect to be considered. The average price of a pack of twenty is £7.46.
If you smoke twenty per day, that is £52.22 EACH WEEK.
£208.88 each month and £2506.56 every year.
Think what you could do with that money.
Imagine the difference that kind of money could make to the lives of you and your family.
When you Stop Smoking it is advisable to put away each day the amount you would have spent on smoking, by separating it you make sure the extra money does not just get swallowed up unnoticed on day to day living.
The money will very quickly mount up, making you feel very good as you realize this is the amount you were giving to the tobacco companies each day and in so doing buying all the negative problems that accompany smoking.
By the end of your first Smoke Free Year you could pay a lump sum off your mortgage, or perhaps you would prefer a dream holiday, a conservatory on your home, put the money toward a new car, maybe a new kitchen.
Your choices are endless, but now they are your choices. Instead of this money automatically going to the tobacco companies, you now, as a non-smoker, have the freedom to choose how best to spend your money.
However the best reason of all to Stop Smoking is quite simply to do it for yourself, you deserve it.
Why choose Hypnotherapy?
New Scientist Magazine carried out a survey, (the biggest of its kind ever undertaken), in which 72,000 ex-smokers were interviewed, by the Institute of Actuaries. It concluded that Hypnotherapy is the single most effective method of stopping smoking.
Further research studies have also come to this conclusion.
In October 2007, Faysal Hasan MD, FCCP, of the North Shore Medical Centre, Salem, MA. announced the results of a new study, into becoming a non-smoker.
His findings were that patients who had just one Hypnotherapy session, for stop smoking, were more likely to still be non-smokers six months down the line, compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy, or those who tried to do it by will power alone.
The University of Iowa conducted its own Stop Smoking trials way back in 1992. Data from both America and Europe were included, in total 72,000 people were taking part, at the time this was the largest scientific comparison ever to take place.
They found that Hypnosis was more than three times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy or patches, and a massive fifteen times more effective as trying to stop on your own.
In Washington the University Medical School held their own study.
They logged the results of 43 patients who underwent Hypnosis for Stop Smoking, and followed up on them for a further three years.
They found of the original 43 studies, 39 remained non-smokers.
Their conclusion was that Hypnotherapy for Stop Smoking is an extremely effective method, their study showed a success rate in excess of 90%.
Surveys carried out in Texas, at the University College of Medicine reported an 81% success rate. Of twenty one patients who received Hypnosis to quit smoking 81% claimed to have stopped.
Ohio State University, College of Nursing, made a study of 71 people. In their two year follow up it was revealed that those who quit with the use of Hypnosis as opposed to those who stopped on their own were twice as likely to remain smoke free.
Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions for Smoking Cessation
One on one Hypnosis is more effective than group Hypnosis, however the group Hypnosis sessions still proved to be more effective than drug intervention.