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Smoking - A Deadly Addiction Quickly Broken With Self-Hypnosis

by Alan Densky

Smoking is an addictive and harmful habit that affects millions of people around the world. Today, we are aware of the dangers of smoking, and smokers are encouraged to find ways to quit smoking for the benefit of their own health. This is not an easy feat, as most smokers begin at an extremely young age. The average age of a new smoker is only thirteen years old.

A habit formed at that age is not easily broken. Nicotine affects many parts of the body and it is hard to break this addiction without some help. There are many different diseases which can be caused by smoking. Most smokers need assistance to quit smoking and many methods exist for this very purpose.

There are many different reasons why people begin smoking and develop a smoking habit. The main reason that people start to smoke is peer pressure. Some young people believe smoking will make them seem more mature, and be popular with their peers. It also is forbidden which makes it all the more alluring to teenagers, thus the low starting age for many people. This young age makes quitting smoking more difficult in your later years.

Media can also have an impact on the decision to begin smoking. Smoking portrayed in movies or on television can lead someone to think that smoking is a harmless activity. Parents can wield the biggest influence over their children by setting a good example and not smoking, or quitting smoking. Parents who smoke are much more likely to have children who start to smoke.

Smokers begin to crave nicotine, a drug within tobacco. Nicotine can affect your mind and body in many different ways. Nicotine, once inhaled into the lungs reaches the brain in a mere eight seconds. Once in your brain, nicotine affects your blood pressure and heart rate. Over time it can increase your bad cholesterol levels and narrow your arteries. Nicotine in concentrated doses is a lethal poison, so imagine the damage it inflicts on your body. Nicotine is also addictive and this is why many smokers cannot quit smoking.

Smoking can affect your health on many different levels. Low stamina is one side effect of smoking. More serious smoking related diseases include cancer and emphysema. Strokes and heart disease are also closely associated with cigarette smoking. A person who quits smoking will dramatically reduce their risk of developing these diseases for every year they go without smoking.

The outcome of these medical conditions caused by smoking is grim. Lung cancer is almost always fatal unless detected very early and a full 80% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. Lung and heart disease can take years from your life unless you learn how to quit smoking. Emphysema cannot be cured but only managed, plus the damage to your lungs cannot be repaired. The benefits of quitting smoking include a longer life span and a better quality of life.

There are several different ways to quit smoking, and you must select the right method for you as an individual. Nicotine patches and gums are made to help slowly release you from the nicotine addiction. Only about 10% of the people who use them quit smoking. Another option is going cold turkey, and this works for up to 11% of the smokers who choose this option. Other popular methods to quit smoking include an herbal kit that can guide you through quitting. It has a success rate similar to that of nicotine patches and gums.

Hypnosis for smoking cessation is a very popular option for those who want to quit smoking without weight gain or withdrawal. Hypnotherapy has a high success rate with smokers who have made a decision to quit smoking. Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation might sound like an extreme solution but it delivers solid results up to 70% of the time. This success rate is far greater that of other methods.

The reason hypnosis is so effective is that it while the addiction to nicotine makes up only about 10% of the smoking addiction, the emotional and mental aspects of the habit make up a full 90% of the smoking addiction. Hypnotherapy treats this aspect of the addiction.

In addition, 45% of the smoking behavior is caused by stress, and hypnotherapy has proven to be a powerful, non-invasive tool that can help reprogram the mind to divert it away from stressful thoughts, and towards more positive and relaxing thoughts. In addition, the very essence of hypnosis is that it incorporates a deep state of relaxation.

And about 45% of the smoking behavior is prompted by conditioned responses. This occurs when smoking is associated with other activities and events at the unconscious level of mind. For example, if you smoke and simultaneously watch television, your unconscious will associate the image of a cigarette in your hand with the image of the TV. Every time you see the TV, your unconscious flashes an image of the cigarette in your hand, and you experience an urge to smoke.

Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation is regularly used to "extinguish" the conditioned responses by disassociating the unconscious links between cigarettes and TV, driving, coffee, working on your computer, or any other environment where an unconscious association has been formed.

In summary: While most smokers believe that their inability to quit smoking is due to their addiction to nicotine, in truth it's the mental aspects of a smoking addiction that present the largest barriers. Hypnotherapy was accepted by the American Medical Association in 1958 as an effective tool. And hypnosis for smoke cessation is the second most common use of hypnotherapy today.

While hourly rates for hypnotherapists climb higher and higher, there are some effective hypnosis CDs on the market that can greatly reduce its cost. Since everyone is different, there are no specific "magic" words or post-hypnotic suggestions that will work for everyone. So when choosing hypnosis CDs, look for those that incorporate a broad variety of hypnotic and NLP techniques in a series of at least six or more sessions to achieve the best possible results. In any event, the fee for the best self hypnosis programs equates to much less than the amount that an average smoker spends every month on cigarettes.

Alan B. Densky, CH created the Video Hypnosis stop smoking technology which helps smokers easily break the habit. He also created other ways to stop smoking with Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP. Visit his Neuro-VISION self improvement hypnosis site for free hypnosis videos and downloads.

Published June 30th, 2008

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