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Smoking and the Health Care System: The Cost of Cigarettes

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You know about the cost of smoking in terms of longevity—smokers live shorter, sicker lives. But did you know that smoking costs health care systems across the globe billions of dollars every year?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention smoking  related-illnesses account for 6-8% of all health care costs in the United States, with parallel costs worldwide. Thus, health care systems are putting a lot of their time and resources into helping those with problems like lung cancer, emphysema, and circulatory illnesses.

Total economic cost of smoking

This is more than $300 billion a year, including:-

  • Nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults
  • More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke

Even when smokers quit, the health care system is still taxed by the health problems that they experience as a result of their deadly habit. However, if smokers can stay smoke-free for at least two years, the costs even out.

So what does all this mean?

For one, smoking is an expensive habit that impacts more than just the individual. When you smoke, you are asking tax payers to help fund your medical care, medical care that may not have been necessary if you never used cigarettes in the first place.

Furthermore, research shows the importance of quitting smoking in the long run; if you quit smoking for at least two years, then you no longer are an extra burden to the health care system—instead, your costs are similar to non-smokers.

how much money could be saved if people gave up their smoking habits for good? Think, for a minute, how much money you could save if you gave up your smoking habit for good? While you can’t control what everyone else does, you can control what you do; you can be a part of the rising health care cost solution by giving up cigarettes for good—and encouraging others you know to do the same.

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Smoking: Why Is It So Hard to Quit?

It is common knowledge that quitting smoking is hard—but it isn’t necessarily common knowledge that it doesn’t have to be.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

Quit Smoking Cold Turkey

Quitting smoking is hard if you go about it the hard way. Trying to quit smoking cold turkey? That’s the hard way. Using nicotine patches to give up cigarettes? That’s the hard way, too.

The reason it is so hard to quit is because many smokers—and medical practitioners alike—view smoking as a physical addiction. Therefore, smokers believe that if they just get nicotine out of their systems, their bodies won’t crave it anymore. But smoking is not a physical addiction—it is actually a psychosocial habit. And addressing the psychosocial issues underlying your smoking habit will actually make quitting a much easier endeavor.

What are your Triggers

Take a moment to think about why you smoke and when you smoke. Is it because of stress? Because you want to socialize? Because you want to look cool? Your smoking habit stems from a need to fulfill a psychosocial need. You learn to associate the act of smoking with a specific emotion or social situation and then smoking becomes an unconscious habit. And this is why it is hard to quit: because, although you aren’t always aware of it, smoking fulfills your emotional and social needs.

So how can quitting smoking be made easy for you?

By identifying and resolving the psychosocial issues underlying your habit. One excellent way to do this is to engage in quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you identify the reasons you smoke and then give you the ability to create new thoughts and beliefs vis-à-vis cigarettes so that you no longer you need them—consciously or unconsciously. Our thoughts create our reality, and so what we think controls what we do. Instead of thinking, for instance, ‘cigarettes make me feel more social’ you will think ‘cigarettes can kill me—and I don’t need them.’ If you use the quit smoking hypnosis services provided by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can give up your smoking habit in as little as 60 minutes—something that you could never do by trying to quit any other way.

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Plain Packaging: Is It Working?

Over the years, anti-smoking initiatives have tried numerous approaches to keeping cigarettes out of the hands of smokers.

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Big Tobacco fight hard to keep their product selling

But Big Tobacco has always stood in the way, marketing their brands as cool and rewarding, even when they lead to serious health complications and death. However, the fight against Big Tobacco took an interesting turn when Australia became the first country to employ what is known as plain cigarette packaging in December 2012. But, the vital question at hand is still: will plain packaging work?

What does plain packaging mean?

Plain packaging means that all branding is removed from cigarette packages. No colours, no logos, no images, no nothing from the tobacco company distributing the cigarettes. Instead, the packages are only printed with the brand name in a small, standardized size and then massive pictures of people suffering the health drawbacks of smoking are plastered across the package in an almost macabre manner. Furthermore, health warnings and the toxic ingredients are included in the packaging.

Pre-implementation research—such as that conducted by Cancer Council Australia—has shown that smokers generally have a negative response to plain packaged cigarettes and thus are less likely to buy them. But, as Craig Glasby of the Alliance of Australian Retailers points out, “plain packaging hasn’t had any impact on my customers who are smokers and there’s been no decline in my sales since its introduction”. Still, the verdict is far from in; plain packaging hasn’t been on the market long enough for researchers to understand its true effect on the smoking economy.

Smoking is a Habit

While plain packaging is a great idea—a definite step in the right direction—it still doesn’t get to the heart of the matter: that smoking is a psychosocial habit that can only be broken through the power of the mind and will. Packaging can help smokers see that smoking is dangerous, but it can’t help them change their attitudes and beliefs towards cigarettes so that they are no longer dependent on them. Only a method like quit smoking hypnosis can help smokers achieve that outcome—so if you are a smoker, pay attention to the health warnings on plain packaged cigarettes as incentive to give quit smoking hypnosis a try.

Plain packaging won’t make you quit smoking—only you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then visit us on Facebook and Twitter and get involved in the discussion.

References:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/plain-packaging-will-cut-smoking-says-plibersek-as-tobacco-claims-no-effect-on-sales/story-fn59nokw-1226654819421

Help! Cigarettes Are Controlling My Life—And I Hate It!

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Are Cigarettes Controlling you?

Do you have the feeling that cigarettes are controlling your life? Do you wake up every morning and your first thought is—‘I need a smoke’?

Well you don’t have to live this way. Many people do not realize that the smoking ball is in their court, so to speak; that is, quitting smoking is entirely up to you and you have the power to take back control of your life.

Is Smoking an Addiction

While smoking is typically promoted as being a physical addiction, in truth, it is a psychosocial habit. This means that the reason you smoke is because cigarettes fulfill an emotional and relational need(s). For instance, you smoke because you feel more comfortable at a party or because you think it relieves your stress after a long day of work. Thus, you begin to associate positive emotions and beliefs with cigarettes—and unless you address them, cigarettes will maintain their power over you.

But if you have had it with cigarettes holding court in your life, then you are in luck: you can get your life back. And all by using the power of your mind.

Our thoughts—and beliefs—create our reality. This is the concept underlying hypnosis, quit smoking hypnosis included. Quit smoking hypnosis can help you get your thoughts and beliefs back under your control so that you can shape the reality that you want. And the reality that you want is to be smoke-free.

What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

Hypnosis can help you identify the thoughts and beliefs that keep you smoking—and then a hypnotherapist will guide you through suggestions that cause you to change your thoughts and beliefs with respect to cigarettes.  Once you have created new thoughts and beliefs about cigarettes, you can begin to be smoke-free. And if you use the method promoted by lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com, you can be free from your cigarette prison in only 60 minutes, which may be hard for you to believe—but it is guaranteed.

Feeling Trapped with Cigarettes

Nobody likes to feel trapped under someone’s—or something’s—thumb. If you want to be the leader of your life again, then you have the power to do so. You don’t have to be a slave to cigarettes anymore—with quit smoking hypnosis, you can take your life—and your health—into your own hands.

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The Cost of Living with a Smoker – Bad for Your Health, Bad for Your Finances

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health
Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

Cigarettes Cost Money and Health

There are millions of smokers worldwide and thus millions of people who live with smokers. Living with a smoker can be challenging; especially given that you’re constantly subjected to the smell. However, you also know how difficult it can be for smokers to quit smoking.

If you live with a smoker, however, it is in your best interest that he or she quit—as soon as possible. The reason is two-fold: smoking has a negative impact on both you and your smoker’s health and finances.

Health-wise, living with a smoker means you are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke. According to the United States Surgeon General, second-hand smoke is just as deadly as first-hand smoke; breathing it in can cause cancer, heart disease, exacerbate asthma symptoms and contribute to the development of a variety of other life-threatening health conditions. If you are living with a smoker, every time they smoke you smoke, too.

Finance-wise, living with a smoker is also detrimental. According to a study conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, smoking households in the United States spend a whopping $227 million dollars a year on cigarettes. That is $227 million dollars a year that could have been spent on groceries, bills, loans, savings and even vacations. If you live with a smoker, then, you might want to start paying more attention to how much money goes to his or her habit.

Living with a smoker is dangerous to your health and harmful to your finances. The idea that smoking is an individual habit is false; smoking has a negative impact on the friends, family and even community of the smoker. If you are tired of your smoker’s smoking habit, or if you are a smoker tired of exposing the people that you love to cigarettes, then it is time for you to get some help. Quitting smoking is a very attainable goal, something that you can even do in 60 minutes if you give the services of Life Coach to Quit Smoking a try. So get started saving money—and saving lives.

Quitting smoking doesn’t have to be difficult—you have the power to make yourself smoke-free for good! If you want to find out more about how to quit smoking in as little as 60 minutes, then visit us on Facebook and Twitter