Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy

Adopt a quit-smoking plan this year

If your new year’s resolution is to quit smoking, you’re in good company. It’s a popular goal and many, many people succeed. There are more former smokers in the United States – nearly 50 million – than current smokers. Planning ahead can help make your healthy resolution a reality.

Knowing the facts about smoking can make you more determined to stop smoking this year.

stop smoking Adopt a quit smoking plan this year• Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds.

• Hundreds are toxic, and about 70 cause cancer.

• Smoking causes immediate damage to the body.

• Tobacco use causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year. It kills more people every year than human immunodeficiency virus, illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, car crashes, suicides and murders combined.

• For every person who dies from a tobacco-related disease, another 20 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.

People who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. The younger you are when you quit, the better your chances of avoiding health problems.

Save your breath

Smoking causes most cases of the serious lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The disease makes it harder and harder to breathe. The disease can make people too sick to work and leads to an early death. When you quit smoking, you can:

• Reduce your coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath

• Reduce your risk of developing COPD

• Slow the weakening of your lungs, if you already have some damage

When you quit smoking, you also help protect your children, family, and friends from exposure to secondhand smoke. It can cause immediate harm to those who breathe it.

No one said quitting would be easy

Quitting smoking can be challenging. Most people make multiple attempts. That’s because nicotine is a very addictive drug. But don’t give up trying just because you haven’t succeeded in the past.

Think about your past attempts to quit – what worked and what didn’t. If one method didn’t work, don’t hesitate to try another method. You can learn something new every time you try. This time might be the time you quit for good.

Choose the best quit method for you

Many effective quit methods are available. The science-based strategies listed below have worked for many people:

Prepare ahead and change your routines

• Prepare for the day you plan to quit. Think about your environment and what you need to change. Get rid of all tobacco products (and other items such as ashtrays) in your home, car, and where you work.

• Don’t let people smoke around you. Ask them not to use tobacco near you or leave cigarettes and other tobacco products where you can see them.

When you first try to quit, change your routine. Use a different route to work. Eat breakfast in a different place. Do something to reduce your stress. Try to distract yourself when you feel an urge to smoke or use tobacco. Talk to someone, go for a walk, exercise, or read a book. Plan something enjoyable to do every day.

Let others help you

Get support from other people. There are many ways to do this. For example, tell your family, friends, and coworkers that you are going to quit and that you want their support. Studies have shown that you have a better chance of being successful if you have help.

Consider signing up for individual, group, or telephone counseling. Counseling doubles your chances for success. Counseling can help you identify and overcome situations that trigger the urge to smoke. Free programs are available at local hospitals and health centers. Call your local health department for information about programs in your area. Telephone counseling is also available free of charge across the United States at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Talk to your doctor or health care provider

Talk to your health care provider (e.g., doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, psychologist, or smoking cessation coach or counselor), especially if you want to consider using medications. Medications can help you stop smoking and lessen the urge to smoke.

Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies can help. These are medications that contain nicotine to help reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms so you can focus on changing the behavior and habits that trigger your urge to smoke. Some NRTs are available without a doctor’s prescription, including nicotine lozenges, nicotine gum and nicotine patches.

You also can get a prescription from your doctor for NRTS, such as nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays, which act much like the over-the-counter NRTs.

Other prescription medications – like bupropion SR and varenicline tartrate – do not contain nicotine and work in different ways to help reduce your urge to smoke. These medications are FDA-approved and proven to be effective in helping smokers to quit.

Regardless of how you decide to quit – whether you use medicines, counseling, or simply stop smoking on your own – it’s most important to commit to quit, make a plan, and stick with it.

Five ways councils can help people to Quit Smoking

As we welcome in 2014, many will resolve to stub out smoking for good. How can councils help people kick the habit?

One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is to give up smoking. Smoking remains the number one preventable cause of preventable death in the UK, claiming 81,400 lives each year and costing the NHS approximately £2.7bn annually.

Every year in the UK more than 200,000 people become addicted to tobacco and 90% of these do so before they are 19-years-old.

stop smoking new year Five ways councils can help people to Quit Smoking

Increasingly, public health professionals view smoking as a childhood addiction brought on by the successful initiation of tobacco use in children from the poorest areas. Finding out who or what is behind this child initiation and stopping it is the challenge for local authorities.

Helping people who smoke to stop is an important objective, but if a thousand people give up smoking with stop smoking support services each year, 1,100 are initiated into smoking and that is a strategic failure. For this reason, many local authorities are looking to move the balance of their investment from smoking cessation support into preventing children starting in the first place.

Even though cessation services are very cost effective, the majority of ex-smokers will have managed to quit without the direct support or the intervention of cessation services. However, local authorities are ideally placed to mobilise their diverse resources to achieve the dual aims of protecting children from the harms of tobacco and helping people who do smoke to quit, and they can do so in a number of ways:

1) High quality stop smoking services
Evidence shows that people who use structured support through these services are up to four times more likely to be successful than those that go it alone. Blackburn with Darwen borough council is using sports and leisure centres, children and family settings, community pharmacies and healthcare settings to help people give up.

2) Campaigns and marketing strategies
These need to promote the benefits of stopping smoking and raise awareness of Stop Smoking Services, as well as encourage smokers to quit. This includes promoting national campaigns such as “Stoptober” and the “New Year Quit” campaign, as well as developing local campaigns tailored to their communities. For example, in Blackburn the council has run campaigns and community engagement work to raise awareness of the harms associated with smoking shisha (tobacco water pipe).

3) Smoke-free homes and cars
This continues to ensure that, wherever possible, tobacco and smoking become de-normalised in society and that many parts of the community, particularly settings where children are present, are smoke-free.

4) Enforcing smoke- free legislation
Communities also need to be free from illicit tobacco.

5) Strong leadership
Councils across the country (including Blackburn with Darwen) are signing up to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. This declaration states the high priority given to tackling tobacco by these authorities and outlines steps to be taken to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco, including protecting public policy from the influence of the tobacco industry. Local authorities are well-placed to lobby national government to enact tobacco control legislation.

Local authorities have the best opportunity to reduce the prevalence of tobacco smoking in their boroughs. Protecting children from the harmful effects of tobacco and helping smokers to stop is probably the best gift any local authority can give to its residents for 2014.

New Years Resolutions – How to Keep Them and Make It Work

o NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS 300x150 New Years Resolutions – How to Keep Them and Make It WorkIn a flurry of champagne tinged kisses, gorging on hors d’oeuvres and the high ofa New Years celebration, millions across the country utter one promise that is rarely kept or remembered resolutions. By the afternoon of the following day, the headache, the aches and pains start blurring the lines of the resolutions. Sometimes people just go overboard with the resolutions. One cannot honestly lose weight, get a new job, quit smoking and stop stressing completely all within one year with a 100 percent success rate. The psychology of change would implode resulting in another failed year of resolutions. There are ways and methods on how to keep them and make resolutions work. Make the madness stop, it is time to address resolutions and ways to keep them.

“I am going to lose weight!”

This writer has been a culprit of this number one resolution echoing throughout the country. Vague promises more than likely will not be kept, let alone work. Steps to success works – start by something simple that has not been completed before previously in the list of previous attempts. Speaking personally, there is a fantastic friend who developed her own blog to share her journey of a healthy lifestyle. It has done incredible things for her health. Become creative.

download 2 New Years Resolutions – How to Keep Them and Make It WorkStart a digital journal and set weekly goals. Start with cutting out soda pop for the first week for a total weight loss of 0.5 pound for the first week. Habits develop and something will happen – weight will be lost. Keep the fact-o-meter on cheating open to oneself, the world does not need to know. Instead, develop another journal for those cheating moments and in a week, go back and review the calories consumed during those moments. It may just illicit a motivational factor to get moving and eat clean.

Just because the local gyms are going to be rolling out their red carpet of discounts does not mean to jump at enrollment. Sometimes, it is better to begin at home to understand routine or start with a friend, to keep one another motivated. Think about the commitment before making the leap. The pizza does not need to go into the trash – think baby steps. Instead of three slices of pizza, try two. Next time try one with a large green salad. Changes do not need horns and announcements, the silent and noticeable resolutions attack is best.

“I am going to get a new job!”

whos hiring 150x150 New Years Resolutions – How to Keep Them and Make It WorkTired of the job? Endless hours of hatred staring back when the computer is flickered on? Yes, it sounds like it is time to move on. There are ways to determine how to handle this change. Consider opening the job search across the country (if possible) and review the opportunities beyond the state border. If tired of the same position and doing the same thing over and over – the same position in another company is not going to work. Develop a list of skills, experience and education – and review it thoroughly. Is there something from that list that demonstrates a need to explore more? It takes time to make this change, perform it with calculated risk, assessment and finally, execution.

“I am going to quit smoking!”

Oh really? How about that cig lit up in the car on the way home? Oh it does not count? Sure it does. This, with weight stop smoking 150x150 New Years Resolutions – How to Keep Them and Make It Workloss, are massive changes. Like weight loss, having an accountability partner, digital journal or app would be beneficial. Smoking is an integral part for many who need a stress release to avoid weight gain and massive stress. Start by counting out cigarettes and leave the pack home. Instead of smoking 10, take five in a baggie and understand that is it for the day. During downtime, write out a list of other activities to complete during the empty smoke breaks. How about a quick workout like a walk, squats or even calling a friend. Refill the moment with constructive activities, to avoid destructive thoughts. There are apps like QuitSTART which are amazing for celebrating milestones and understanding smoking triggers. Consulting with the family doctor is always a suggested preference to acquire and learn monitoring tools.

“Seriously, I am going to stop stressing!”

Resolutions can be a funny thing. They can result in raising the stress flag, resulting in an immediate failed resolution. Understand that control of things desired, may not be attainable. Let it go. Stressing about the bills, the kids and the car sounding funny does nothing to ease the situation. So, how to manage it? Sometimes, it is best to just walk away. Correct. Walk away. This writer would not recommend this, if not attempted, but it has been attempted and it has been successful.

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Bringing home the groceries, the kids screaming and nerves stretched to the point of breaking, as the phone rings because work or a client is calling? Yes, been there. Take the milk, meat and ice-cream from the trunk, leave the rest there – herd the kids upstairs. All without saying a word. Put those items away, give the kids a snack and TV time (yes this is where TV works!) and walk away. Walk away to a favorite room in the house, walk away to the garage or into the bathroom and lock the door. Cry, pray, meditate or grab the tablet or phone and call or message a friend. Breathe. While not a fix-all it is a great starting point to avoid stressing out to the max.

Pick up a class: yoga, kettle bells, zumba or hip-hop dancing. Commit to this, regardless it is a DVD in a spare bedroom to a local YMCA. Make this the scheduled time for alone time, no kids, no interruptions. Pencil it in and commit to a moment of developing oneself to be stronger and less stressed. Another suggestion for immediate stress relief? WebMD states to breathe deeply, in a room alone for just five minutes to relax the body. Sit up straight, hand on the stomach and breath deeply through the nose and exhale out of the month. Set a time if necessary to allow the full five minutes to work.

News Years Resolutions

Of course, the easiest remedy is to stop making resolutions to stop becoming aggravated and frustrated. Or learn a step process. Attack one item on the list and even if it takes two years, stay committed and learn to develop habits for one resolution at a time. As one resolution is concentrated upon, one may be surprised on how the others may fall in line. How to keep resolutions and make them work requires the process of accountability and being present. Happy New Year!

10 ways to stop your smoking habit

For most tobacco users, tobacco cravings or urges to smoke can be powerful. But you are not at the mercy of these tobacco cravings. When an urge to use tobacco strikes, remember that although it may be intense, it will be short-lived, and it probably will pass within a few minutes whether or not you smoke a cigarette or take a dip of chewing tobacco. Each time you resist a tobacco craving, you are one step closer to stopping smoking or other tobacco use for good. It can be difficult but not impossible.

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So here are 10 ways to help you resist the urge to smoke or use tobacco.

1. Delay. If you feel like you are going to give in to your tobacco craving, tell yourself that you must first wait 10 more minutes and then do something to distract yourself for that period of time. This simple trick may be enough to derail your tobacco urge. Repeat as often as needed.

2. Don’t have ‘just one.’ You might be tempted to have just one cigarette to satisfy a tobacco craving. But don’t fool yourself into believing that you can stop at just one. More often than not, having just one leads to another, then another — and you may wind up using tobacco again.

3. Avoid triggers. Urges for tobacco are likely to be strongest in the situations where you smoked or chewed tobacco most often, such as at parties or functions, in the car or while watching television or giving adda. Identify your trigger situations and have a plan in place so that you can avoid them entirely or get through them without using tobacco. Don’t set yourself up for a smoking relapse. If you usually smoked while you talked on the phone, for instance, keep a pen and paper nearby to occupy yourself with doodling rather than smoking.

4. Get physical. Physical activity can help distract you from tobacco urge and reduce the intensity of cravings. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can make a tobacco craving go away. Get out for a walk even in the office. If you are stuck at home, try squats, deep knee bends, push-ups, running in place, or walking up and down a set of stairs a few times. If physical activity does not interest you, try prayer, writing or reading books.

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5. Practice relaxation techniques. In the past, smoking may have been your way to deal with stress. Trying to resist a tobacco craving can itself be stressful. Take the edge off stress by practicing relaxation techniques. These include deep-breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, yoga, and massage.

6. Call reinforcements. Spend more times with family member, friends or relative for moral support as you struggle to resist a tobacco craving. Chat on the phone, go for a walk together or simply share a few laughs.

7. Remember the benefits of quitting. Write down or say out loud the reasons you want to stop smoking and resist tobacco cravings. These might include feeling better, getting healthier, sparing your loved ones from secondhand smoke or saving money.

8. Go online. Join an online stop-smoking programme. Go to Google and type quit smoking or stop smoking you will get lot of information which might help you in quitting.

9. Try nicotine replacements. Try a nicotine replacement product instead of a cigarette. Some types of nicotine replacement therapy, including patches, gums and lozenges may get in local market or you can bring it from any country by your relatives abroad, these are available over-the-counter.

10. Chew on it. Give your mouth something to do to fight a tobacco craving. Chew on sugarless gum or labanga, elachi etc.

Remember, trying something to beat the urge is always better than doing nothing. And each time you resist a tobacco craving, you are one step closer to being totally tobacco-free. It is never too late to stop, so please try it from today.

Hypnotized to forget smoking?

It’s hard to believe there was a time when doctors helped sell cigarettes and were featured endorsing them.

Even Fred Flintstone lent a hand, the cartoon character depicted buying Winston cigarettes.

But times have changed for this dangerous and deadly habit. Most recently, graphic public service announcements from the government highlight the after-effects of patients suffering the consequences of their addiction.

Dont Forget Hypnotized to forget smoking?In 1966, the Beach Boys released their hit album, TV said goodbye to Dick Van Dyke and Mr. Ed, and the world greeted Star Trek.

It’s also the year Ginnie Graham picked up her first cigarette.

“I had just graduated, and at the time, my boyfriend was smoking. I thought that was pretty cool. Once you try it, you get hooked,” Ginnie recalls.

Decades later, she was up to two packs a day.

“I tried in 1984 to quit smoking. I did. I succeeded for two weeks. My three children came back to me and begged me to stop smoking. I was not nice,” she said.

So Ginnie went back. She’d again want to quit for her health and the cost.

She was finally successful in 2001 when she signed up for hypnosis.

I am a non-smoker. I am strong. I am capable and courageous. I am happy. I am peaceful,” said Rena Greenberg, a certified hypnotherapist, in session with Ginnie.

“I think (her) persistence is very inspirational for all of us,” Greenberg said.

She led Graham through one session that would turn out to have a big impact.

“It helps rewrite the script in the subconscious so you don’t want to smoke anymore. You no longer associate it with pleasure,” she said.

“It was easy,” Graham said.

When the thought came into her head to reach for a cigarette, the hypnosis blocked the response.

Graham is smoke-free 13 years later. She said the results were instant.

Her smoking is nothing more than a memory, as she looks forward to a healthier future.

While hypnosis helps some, studies have not supported its effectiveness, according to the American Cancer Society.

Cognitive behavior therapy may also be an alternative for those who don’t want the hypnosis, according to experts at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Hypnotized to forget smoking Hypnotized to forget smoking?

While many are trying e-cigarettes as a way to kick the habit, there are still no long term studies on safety or effectiveness.

One study did show a small benefit over patches, but more research needs to be done. Researchers in Europe at a recent conference believe e-cigarettes could save lives.

However, others want tighter regulation to ensure that the ingredients in the liquid stay safe, citing the issue that many tobacco manufacturers are buying into e-cigarettes companies.

Another potential treatment is under study. This one uses TMS – or transracial magnetic stimulation. Addiction centers of the brain are targeted. One small study showed there may be a benefit, but more needs to be done.

The University of South Florida uses TMS treatment to treat depression. It’s also been used in eating disorders.

Your doctor can help you find other treatments like pills, patches, gum or lozenges.

TobaccoFree Florida has a quit line offering free patches while quantities last. They also have a program to help regulate weight in the process.