Why is smoking so harmful? On the surface a cigarette may look harmless, but it’s the smoke released when the cigarette is burned that causes problems. Cigarettes are not just tobacco wrapped in paper. They contain a whole cocktail of chemicals, which are added during the manufacturing process to make them taste better and get you hooked. The following is a list of some of the harmful substances you are breathing in every time you smoke:
Nicotine This is the drug that stimulates the brain and causes addiction in smokers. If you smoke regularly, you may find as soon as you withdraw from the nicotine you experience unpleasant symptoms. These may include intense cravings, increased anxiety, irritability and headaches. Smoking immediately relieves these symptoms.
Tar Tar is the residue that deposits in your lungs after smoking tobacco. From here it enters the bloodstream and gets carried to other parts of the body. Shockingly, it contains over 4000 chemicals, over 50 cancer-causing carcinogens and other poisons. This is why smoking is considered one of the biggest causes of disease.
Carbon monoxide This gas affects how much oxygen your blood can carry around the body. As a result, smoking prevents your body from getting the oxygen it needs to function smoothly. This can lead to shortness of breath, low energy levels and poor circulation.
Why you should stop smokingSmoking increases your risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases. Below we explore some of the most common:
- Lung cancer – More than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly related to smoking.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – Again, eight out of 10 cases of this distressing lung disease are caused by smoking.
- Heart disease – Considered the UK’s biggest killer, around one in six cases is caused by smoking.
- Other cancers – Including mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervix and pancreatic cancer.
- Infertility – Smoking affects the fertility of men and women, making it harder to conceive.
- Gum disease – On top of staining your teeth, smoking can cause premature tooth loss due to gum disease.
Smoking not only harms your health, it can also negatively impact the livelihood of those around you. Children and babies living with people who smoke are vulnerable to a whole host of health problems. These include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and an increased risk of dying from cot death.
Adults who endure passive smoking for a long period of time are at increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Tobacco is also an irritant so it can make conditions such as asthma worse.
The benefits of quittingThe above information may make for a scary read, but for some the long-term risks are not enough to encourage them to quit smoking. If you are young and a smoker, you may find it hard to be concerned about your health and the illnesses that could strike decades later. If you are older, you may assume it’s too late to stop smoking and reverse the effects it has had.
In reality, it is never too late to quit. The sooner you quit smoking, the faster your body will recover and your risk of developing life-threatening conditions will decrease.
Longer life expectancy – If you quit smoking by the age of 30, you could increase your life expectancy by 10 years. Even if you are in your 60s when you decide to quit, you can still add three years onto your life. Not only will you have a longer life if you stop smoking, you should also have fewer health problems.
More energy – Carbon monoxide robs your body of oxygen, which makes it difficult for it to work properly. When you stop smoking you will be lowering the carbon monoxide levels in your blood, allowing your lungs and muscles to work the way they should. More oxygen to the brain will also help you to feel more alert, energised and awake.
Boosted immune system – When you smoke, your immune system is lowered. This makes you more susceptible to colds and flu. When you quit smoking your immune system gets a boost, which means you will pick up less illnesses and generally feel healthier all round.
More money – If you have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 years, how much money will you have spent? Take time to figure it out… Every time a craving hits – think about what you could do with that extra money.
Better breathing – Within nine months of quitting smoking, your lung capacity should increase by as much as 10%. This will help you to do simple things like climb stairs without feeling out of breath. Your smoker’s cough should also disappear and any breathing difficulties or conditions you have (such as asthma) should be dramatically reduced.
Reduced stress – Many smokers reach for a cigarette when they are feeling stressed. While the immediate hit of nicotine after withdrawal may make you feel relaxed at first, in the long-term, smoking increases stress levels. Studies have shown that ex-smokers are less stressed than they were when they were smoking.
Younger looking skin – Smoking prematurely ages the skin. Regular smoking can leave your skin dull, dry and prone to wrinkles. When you quit smoking, this effect is reversed as your skin receives the nutrients it needs. In time, you should find your complexion brightens up and any lines you have may appear reduced.
Hypnotherapy for smoking is just one of the ways you can quit for good and fully embrace the benefits of being a non-smoker. Book your hypnotherapy session with Lynn Thier, HERE Certified Hypnotherapist, Time Line Therapist, NLP Practitioner, & Nutritionist.
Hypnotherapy for smoking – When it comes to quitting smoking, a key aspect is letting go of the routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently. Hypnotherapy for smoking is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help you do this. If you are considering stop smoking hypnosis, the first step is to make sure you are choosing to quit for yourself. Hypnotherapy is most effective when you really want to quit. For example, if you are stopping because friends or a family member is pushing you, you may not get the results you want.
Hypnotherapy works by putting you in a deep, relaxed state where your mind is more open to suggestion. At this point your hypnotherapist will look to change your thought patterns. You may also be taught various tools and techniques, which you can practice at home.
Some people find stop smoking hypnosis is enough to break the habit, while others prefer to combine the treatment with NLP or medication. This helps to tackle both the physical and mental addiction together. By exploring all the avenues you should find a suitable treatment that will help you quit smoking for good.
It is important to remember that hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix. While for some people just one session is enough to quit smoking, others may benefit from a follow-up session. The ultimate aim of stop smoking hypnosis is to empower people to take control of their addiction and develop new patterns of thinking that promote healthier behaviours.