Isn’t It Time To Tell That Smoking Habit To Butt Out Of Your Life?

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Isn’t It Time To Tell That Smoking Habit To Butt Out Of Your Life? I’ve heard countless reasons as to why someone decides that it is time to quit smoking and to become a non-smoker once again. The one thing that they’ve all had in common was this; they knew that they wanted to become a non-smoker and to stop smoking, but it felt like there was a part of them that was constantly reaching for that packet of cigarettes. What we’re really looking at here is a classic example of the differences between the conscious and unconscious minds. The conscious mind is that part of them that got them into my room, sitting in the hypnosis chair, and telling me all the reasons why that smoking habit was bad for them. The conscious mind is that logical and rational part of them that knows all the facts about how their smoking habit is killing them and why they need to stop. The unconscious mind is where the emotions are stored. It’s where you ‘feel like having a cigarette’. It’s where all the automatic processes are stored so that you don’t need to think about it. For instance, have you…

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Maintaining Motivation Now You’re a Non-Smoker

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Maintaining Motivation Now You’re a Non-Smoker You’re finally free of that old smoking habit… In this last blog in a series that explores my 5 step D.R.E.A.M. Process that I use to help people reclaim their lives as non-smokers, I explore the fifth and final step, which is all about maintaining motivation and enjoying the benefits that will continue to present themselves day upon day after making the decision to leave that old habit behind. You can read part 1 of this series here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here. Step 5: Maintain momentum. Read the following and then do the activity straight afterwards. Close your eyes. Take in a few deep breaths. Notice the body relaxing as you do. Now, allow your mind to wander for a moment and to consider all the positive benefits that you’re going to have as a non-smoker. Start by imagining what the following weeks will be like as you tell your family and friends that you’ve become a non-smoker and notice their positive reactions. Imagine looking in the mirror over the coming weeks and, already, noticing how the skin is looking fresher and you’re looking healthier. Now, take it…

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GP Guide Is Wrong: Patches and Meds No Better Than Cold Turkey Quitting

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Unassisted quitting is mentioned in the guidelines but not as an option to be encouraged. Herr Olsen/Flickr, CC BY-NC GP guide is wrong: patches and meds no better than cold turkey quitting Ross MacKenzie, Macquarie University and Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University Comprehensive tobacco control legislation has led to a historically low daily smoking rate of 12.8% among Australians aged 14 years or older. Yet smoking is the country’s leading preventable cause of early deaths, taking around 15,000 lives each year. Getting smokers to quit, therefore, remains a critical public health challenge. Around 85% of Australians visit a general practitioner each year and these appointments represent important opportunities for GPs to explain the health risks of smoking and discuss strategies to quit. To assist GPs in providing advice about smoking, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the professional body for GPs, published Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals in 2011. Providing “practical, succinct and evidence-based” advice on cessation is clearly a sound idea, but there is a significant problem with the advice itself. The guidelines focus on pharmaceutical intervention, in the form of nicotine replacement therapy patches, gum or spray, or medication such as buproprion (Zyban) or…

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On The Pleasure of Smoking

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On the pleasure of smoking Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Repeatedly, studies have found a large majority of smokers regret ever starting to smoke: 85% in this study, 90% in this four nation study. Each year, some 40% of smokers make an attempt to stop, with most relapsing within weeks. Many fork out considerable money in pharmaceuticals along the way in the attempt to shake their smoking. Snake-oil, evidence-free quick-cure merchants advertising on telegraph poles for “laser therapy quitting” happily make up to A$500 from the more gullible. With 12.8% of Australians aged 14 and over smoking daily, and 90% of these regretting they ever started, today just 1.28% are contented smokers. Recent evidence shows 55% of young smokers now approve of plain packaging with their ghoulish, unavoidable picture warnings. Can there be any product that enjoys less consumer satisfaction and customer loyalty? One of the most common taunts pro-smokers hurl at tobacco control advocates with great relish is the claim they are enemies of pleasure: they just can’t stand the thought or sight of people taking pleasure from smoking. Perhaps they are right. Airport smoking rooms strike me as about the most fun and pleasure you could get. The…

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When Your New Year Doesn’t Start The Way You Wanted

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When Your New Year Doesn’t Start The Way You Wanted Did your 2019 start off the way you wanted? Do you want your New Year’s Eve back so that you can do it all again? Let me tell you, mine absolutely has not started the way I wanted. Here I am, day 14 of the new year as I sit to type this, only beginning to now feel like my year is starting. After beginning the year with a pinched nerve in my back that left me spending most of it horizontal, the ability to get my year underway has felt like nothing short of being robbed from me. The frustration of not having the start to the year that you hoped for can have such an impact too. Whether it was planning to quit a habit (such as smoking or over-eating) or plans to start a habit (exercising, meditation) when you feel like the year hasn’t provided the right space to achieve that, you can often feel like beating yourself up and downright complaining. Which, to be honest, is what I kind of did. Well, until the past few days anyway. I came to the conclusion that I would…

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No Butts – It’s Time To Help People With Mental Health Conditions Quit Smoking

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No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking Ben Harris, Victoria University; Holly Beswick, Deakin University; Jenny Bowman, University of Newcastle, and Kate Bartlem, University of Newcastle Australians with mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to be smokers as the general population. About 22% of people with a mental health condition smoke daily compared to a national rate under 13%. And the more severe your illness, the more likely you are to smoke. For example, about 60-70% of people with psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia smoke. We don’t have clear evidence for why this is the case, but there are several theories. These include that people with mental health conditions may smoke to self-medicate or to cope with social exclusion. People with mental health conditions are also more likely to have lower levels of education and higher levels of unemployment, which are accepted risk factors for smoking. Despite huge gains in getting Australians to quit since the turn of the century (22% of Australians smoked in 2001), people with a mental illness appear to have been left behind. They are a big group to overlook. More than 4 million Australians are…

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What Does That Smoking Habit Want For You?

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What does that smoking habit want for you? Part of you wants to smoke and part of you wants to quit As with any form of habit that can be perceived as ‘bad’ for you, there is often an internal conflict going on within a person as to why they maintain that habit. Smoking is absolutely the classic example here as nearly everyone who comes to see me about becoming a non-smoker has studied up on ‘the facts’ around smoking and they know all the reasons why they should quit but seem to struggle with fully embracing their identity as a non-smoker. Some may even recognise that inner-conflict and be confused by it, saying that as a logical, rational adult, they should be able to take control of the situation and to make that decision to give up that smoking habit and yet they just find it hard. Perhaps what they need to really look at is the intention behind that part of them that has the smoking habit. Each part has a positive intention Often when we sit down and begin to talk to that part that has been maintaining the smoking habit, we discover that it has a…

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Ten Myths About Smoking That Will Not Die

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Ten myths about smoking that will not die Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Across forty years I’ve come to recognise many factoid-driven myths about smoking that just won’t die. If I asked for a dollar each time I had to refute these statements, I’d have accumulated a small fortune. Their persistence owes much to their being a vehicle for those who utter them to express unvoiced but clear sub-texts that reflect deeply held beliefs about women, the disadvantaged, mental illness, government health campaigns and the “natural”. Let’s drive a stake through the heart of ten of the most common myths. 1. Women and girls smoke more than men and boys Women have never smoked more than men. Occasionally, a survey will show one age band where it’s the other way around, but from the earliest mass uptake of smoking in the first decades of last century, men streaked out way ahead of women. In 1945 in Australia, 72% of men and 26% of women smoked. By 1976, men had fallen to 43% and women had risen to 33%. As a result, men’s tobacco-caused death rates have always been much higher than those of women. Women’s lung cancer rates, for example,…

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Why My Stop Smoking Program Is The Best One For You

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Why My Stop Smoking Program Is The Best One For You So you’ve decided you would like to quit smoking… Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! I get it, you’ve reached that point where you just think it’s time. I’m laying bets that you probably don’t even really enjoy every cigarette that you smoke anymore either. It seems to be that you’re finding you’re struggling to enjoy them much anymore and you’ve probably reached that point where you just don’t understand why it is that you’re keeping up this habit. You’ve probably had a few friends who have tried hypnosis before and had success with it, and so you think you might give it a go. Then when you research into it and you’re not sure what you need. Between the programs that make promises of making you a non-smoker in one session through to more extensive and comprehensive programs, it can be very confusing – especially for something that you’re not even sure if it will work for you. Then read on because today, I’m writing something that is going to help you. Firstly, I’m going to look at the research and findings behind the success rates of…

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Training Review: Successful Smoking Cessation

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Training Review: Successful Smoking Cessation Clive Girdham Why hypnotherapists should do more training in smoking cessation When you think about hypnosis, right after ‘clucking like a chicken’ comes ‘can you stop me from smoking’. If truth is known, offering a quit smoking service can often be quite daunting for hypnotherapists. The reason for this is simple; there is a misconception out there that hypnosis can make you do anything and some people are quite disappointed to discover that they aren’t just ‘put under, told to stop smoking and then never smoke again’. This ‘magic bullet’ concept can make it quite hard for hypnotherapists as they need to determine early on if a person is actually at that right point where hypnotherapy can assist them to truly become a non-smoker. Additionally, there is often the idea that one session will do it when the reality is that it may take more. Of course, they will usually feel the benefits of the session after the first session but it can often be the difference between a habitual behaviour that someone has associated with a particular event versus smoking as a coping mechanism. What do you think would happen if someone removed a…

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