You might have heard this phrase a gazillion times, ‘smoking is injurious to health’. However, have you actually paid heed to it?
According to the Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, cigarette smoking leads in 480,000 deaths annually or is the resultant of 1 out of every 5 deaths that take place in the U.S. Furthermore, 16 million Americans today are afflicted with a smoking-related disease. Despite which, in 2016, 15.5% of all adults (18 years or above) smoked cigarettes – there are 37.8 million adult smokers in the U.S.
Why do you need to quit smoking?
Did you know that smoking takes 11 minutes off your life on an average? This estimate is based on the research published in the British Medical Journal, conducted by University of Bristol researchers. 11 minutes that could have been spent elsewhere; 11 minutes that you could have spent with the people you love, doing the things that you enjoy. Aside from this, there are many other issues and health-related problems that active and passive smokers face as a result of inhaling these toxins.
Effects of smoking:
Some of the health problems and issues that might arise are:
- Breathing issues
- Heart disease
- Respiratory tract infections
- Lung diseases such as Emphysema and COPD
- Cancer of the lungs, throat and mouth
- Blood clotting that could lead to strokes
- Fluctuations in blood pressure
- Staining and yellowing of teeth
- Bad breath
- Declining of the sense of smell and taste
Smoking like any other addiction, this is also a hard habit to shake. While there are many ways and methods of smoking cessation, the one yielding immediate results are hypnotherapy. Other ways such as breaking the habit with nicotine gum, nicotine patches, pills, or counseling sessions require long grueling days where a person has to convince oneself of not smoking. Following a strict regime to break an addiction is not easy, in fact, it many a times leads to a relapse.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis therapy or hypnotherapy is a form of treatment where the patient is put in a trance by a hypnotherapist of through self-hypnosis. In this trance, the patient’s mind is in a state of consciousness with less peripheral awareness, focused attention, and a higher capacity of responding to suggestions positively. During this state, the hypnotherapist labor on the part of the brain linked to the generation of automatic thoughts. Their aim is to give positive suggestions to their patients, in order to replace their current responses and smoking urges with constructive ways to deal with the issues, thoughts, and incidents that lead them to smoke.
Aside from providing suggestions, the therapist may inquire about what the patient thinks are the impact and outcomes of smoking, to make them realize the harmfulness of their habit, whilst their guard is down.
Can Hypnotherapy help in just one session?
While hypnotherapy can plant the idea of smoking cessation and the harmfulness of smoking to a person’s health in just one session, a few more sessions are required to strengthen this belief. Thinking that only one session of hypnosis for smoking is enough to help a person quit this addiction, is somewhat of a utopian belief. Multiple sessions are required for achieving smoking cessation.
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