Cigarette Prison: The Smoker’s Isolation

Very often, we think of smoking as a social habit; that is, smoking is something that people do to connect with others around them. But as smoking becomes more and more of a taboo—especially in the public sphere—many smokers are beginning to feel isolated and alone as they see their friends around them quit smoking one by one.

Depressed as he would like to quit

Depressed man smoking cigarette

Not so long ago, smokers were everywhere. On planes, in the office, at parties, in their beds reading at night. And even though Big Tobacco is still a multi-billion dollar industry world-wide, headway has been made in the effort to get people to quit smoking: In Australia, for example, the smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces makes it impossible to light up in bars and restaurants.

Smoking bans

These bans plus people’s awareness that smoking is deadly, have contributed to lower rates of smoking in some cases here in Australia. But the shadow side is that smoking is now a stigmatized activity. In today’s world, smokers are usually looked down on by non-smokers.

The Stigma Surrounding Smoking

This can lead many smokers to feel isolated and alone. Some even go as far as to engage in their habit in complete secrecy. Others worry that they will be shut out or mocked by friends, family and colleagues because of their dependency on cigarettes. As a result, many smokers become depressed and unsure of what to do—they want know they want to quit, but aren’t sure how. They just feel so alone.

The good news

Is that smokers don’t have to feel isolated. They can give up their smoking habits without being stigmatized. Quit smoking professionals, like those who employ quit smoking hypnosis, help smokers quit without feeling ashamed of themselves. Smoking cessation professionals help smokers empower themselves to kick their cigarette habits for good. With the guidance of a good quit smoking professional, smokers learn to value themselves and build self-esteem. With self-esteem comes the ability to be alone without feeling isolated as well as the ability to socialize without feeling stigmatized.

No smoker need ever feel isolated because no smoker is ever really alone. There is always help for those who need it—and help to quit smoking is no exception.

Are you looking to quit smoking?

You have the power to quit—you just need to make the decision to do it. And when you do contact Maureen Hamilton 1300 619 684 or go to http://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/ for more information and/or to book online. Maureen has been helping people to quit smoking for years and still gives a Lifetime Guarantee. So if the person smokes again, they come back at no extra cost.

Maureen is very committed and only sees people if they are also committed and have a real want to quit. So do give Maureen a call today.

Smoking and Pregnant

Impact of smoking on kids

Quit smoking before it harms your kids!

Smoking used to be cool, the coolest thing you could do. Just watch an episode of Mad Men or turn on a Humphrey Bogart flick for proof—tobacco used to be the King of suave. These days cigarettes have lost their glitz and glamour. In most Western countries, smoking is frowned upon and is quickly losing is social acceptability.

How Does Smoking Affect the Unborn Baby

Just because something is stigmatized does not make it an anti-social behavior. Many smokers would still claim that smoking is an act of community during which people can socialize and make and maintain friendships. However, recent research has linked prenatal smoking to anti-social behavior in children. If this is true, it has wide-ranging consequences for our society since many pregnant women are exposed to cigarette smoke on a daily basis even if they have made the conscious decision not to smoke themselves.

Potential Issues Due to Smoking While Pregnant

According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, a “small but significant” link exists between maternal smokers and the development of ADHD and unruly behavior in their progeny. They speculate that this has to do with the reduction of oxygen to the fetus when mother’s smoke during pregnancy, which can damage brain development as well as other parts of the body. While this claim is still quite controversial (as many psychiatrists see ADHD and unruly behavior as phenomena engendered by socialization), it is still worth pondering. How many children and the lives of those around them, are negatively impacted by the fact that they were exposed to the over 4000 toxins present in cigarette smoke? We know how fragile fetal development is and we know what cigarettes do to adult bodies. So it isn’t that far of a stretch to see the link between maternal smoking and the development of anti-social behavior in children.

What Can You do for Your Unborn Child

If you are a smoker and are considering having children or are around pregnant women, then you should seriously consider the implications of your habit relative to the healthy development of the baby growing inside you or growing inside the women around you. Children are born into this world innocent and dependent and rely on the judgment of their parents for their health, development and safety. Children are a great incentive for you to find the will power to break the chains of your tobacco habit. There are many smoking cessation methods that can help you put out your last cigarette. One method worth looking into is hypnotherapy or hypnosis to quit smoking as it helps you change your beliefs and restructure your habits—it is never too late to create a new you!

Unfortunately when quitting smoking it is important to be focused on being a non smoker. So preparation is extremely important. Going cold turkey is painful and there is an emotional struggle. That’s because smoking is a habit and you are trying a break a habit built up over years and years. The unconscious mind is there to protect you emotionally as well as physically. So that habit is keeping you happy. So changing that habit is going against your unconscious mind making quitting very difficult. This is where hypnosis comes in. Hypnosis is an easy pleasant way to become a non smoker in just one session.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

 

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion?

Does Smoking Cause Indigestion

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Many of the negative side effects of smoking are well-known:  quit smoking campaigns have made the dangers of cancer, emphysema and heart disease crystal clear to consumers. However, smoking can lead to a great many other health complications, including indigestion. Let’s look at some of the ways that tobacco use affects the gastrointestinal system in order to drive home the point that it is important to quit smoking as soon as possible.

What is Indigestion?

Indigestion is often defined as some kind of impairment of the digestive process. When this occurs the symptoms are very uncomfortable and include bloating, heartburn, nausea, belching and general discomfort in the stomach. There is nothing at all pleasant about indigestion.

Indigestion, however, is often a symptom in itself of a larger medical condition. For example, many people with chronic pancreatitis, ulcers, and gastro esophageal reflux disease experience the many discomforting aspects of indigestion listed above.

Aside from medical conditions that walk hand in hand with indigestion, smoking plays a big role in creating the right conditions for digestive disruption in the body. When a smoker inhales the tobacco smoke, the stomach and the esophagus is irritated, as well as the valves connecting them to the stomach lining. This boosts acidity and contributes to heartburn, bloating and indigestion.

This kind of disruption occurs every time a smoker inhales, and thus people who smoke many cigarettes on a daily basis are constantly irritating their digestive system and creating discomfort. The more the digestive system is mistreated, the higher the chance of a person developing gastrointestinal diseases. Thus, smoking contributes to a destructive gastrointestinal cycle.

Quit Smoking and Stop Indigestion

Luckily, a vexatious case of indigestion can be mitigated or even cured by giving up cigarettes. One of the great things about quitting smoking is that the benefits are immediate; that is, the body begins to heal in a New York minute. Once the body is no longer exposed to toxic tobacco smoke, the indigestion begins to fade as the gastrointestinal system is no longer agitated by the cigarette poisons.

Quitting Smoking is Not Always Easy

Especially since it is a matter of will power. Recent research conducted at the University of Tel Aviv confirms that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit. However, the good news is that there people can overcome their smoking habit by taking on a mind over matter mindset and this can best be done by enlisting the help of a hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapists help people change their core beliefs and thought processes in order for them to live more healthy and fulfilling lives. Quitting smoking takes commitment and persistence, but the long-term health and happiness benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of giving up a bad habit.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Can Smoking Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Can Quitting Smoking Cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Many people fear quitting smoking for a variety of reasons. It will be too hard, it is impossible to quit, it will make socialising harder etc. However, many of the fears that people associate with quitting smoking are really just excuses; many people want to justify their habit by creating a litany of reasons why they can’t quit smoking.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

One such excuse that some people have come up with, but that is not grounded in truth, is that quitting smoking causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In fact, the reverse is true: smoking very often leads to a person developing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Let’s take a closer look at IBS to understand what it is and its relationship to smoking.

IBS is an uncomfortable bowel disorder that comes with a variety of unpleasant symptoms:

  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Nausea

IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder and the medical community has not pin-pointed one cause of the disease. It seems to be the product of many different types of activities from poor diet to smoking. People who suffer from IBS are generally in a constant state of discomfort which can then cause them to suffer mood swings.

Smoking both contributes to the development of and irritates  cases of IBS.

This is because cigarette smoke irritates the valves connecting the esophagus and the stomach as well as aggravating the lining of the stomach. Tobacco smoke has been linked to acid reflux, indigestion and other gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, so it can definitively be labeled as a contributing factor to IBS and other digestive problems.

So why do people believe that quitting smoking causes IBS?

There are a variety of reasons and some make sense and some don’t. However, many people falsely believe that quitting cigarettes causes IBS because of the discomfort that is experienced by people immediately after they quit smoking.

Most people who quit smoking experience some form of digestive discomfort as their body learns to re-adjust to life without cigarettes. Heartburn, indigestion, nausea, constipation—these are all possible side effects of quitting smoking. However, these problems were originally caused by the cigarettes.

If people begin to experience digestive problems for longer than several weeks, they might want to consider other aspects of their lifestyle—such as diet and exercise—as roots of the problem and seek medical attention accordingly.

So the long story short: quitting smoking does not cause IBS. Smoking disturbs the body (and may be the direct cause of IBS itself) and when a person stops smoking, then the body is still off kilter and takes some time to adjust to life without tobacco smoke.

To assist with quitting smoking, reach out to a hypnotherapist who will step you through an easy and relaxed session so you can become a non smoker.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and Risks of Habituation

Nicotine Replacement Therapies and the Risks of Habituation

Smoking is a habit and NRT only prolongs that habit

The mainstream public has been led to believe that the main culprit behind tobacco use is the addictive nature of nicotine. Despite evidence to the contrary, such as studies that confirm that smoking is not an addiction but rather a psychosocial habit, many smokers cling to the idea that kicking smoking simply means kicking nicotine addiction. Thus, many smokers readily enlist the services of nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs). However, there is a major problem with this approach to quitting smoking: NRTs can create the same psychological dependency as cigarettes.

What is NRT

Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT is used by many people who want to quit smoking for good. The method is pretty simple: smoking cessation is achieved by administering doses of nicotine by way of either nicotine patches or nicotine gum. The idea is that as long as the smoker gets a little bit of nicotine, he or she will have satisfied the craving for cigarettes. Unfortunately, NRT very often becomes a bad habit of its own.

Research on NRT

According to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, NRTs are not effective in the long-term battle against tobacco use. In other words: those who smoke before they start chewing nicotine gum will likely keep smoking later on in life.

Tel Aviv University’s study that demonstrated the fact that smoking is a psychosocial habit and not a physical addiction shows that the reason for both cigarette and NRT dependency is a belief system that creates an unhealthy reliance on the former and the latter. Smokers continue to smoke because they learn to associate positive emotions and phenomena with the act of smoking a cigarette.

NRT users continue to chew gum or use patches because they become dependent on the psychological satisfaction they get from believing that they are controlling their smoking habit.  In the end, both dependencies are rooted not in the physical body but in the needs of the psyche.

So why do many quit smoking professionals continue to advocate NRTs?

The unfortunate truth is because there is money to be made in the manufacturing of such products. Helping people conquer the smoking habit via quit smoking hypnosis or other mind over matter methods is not very lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry. Hence, the mainstream has a tendency to promote NRTs.

The most surefire way to quit smoking for good is not to depend on NRTs but instead to create new beliefs and thought processes that diminish the need for the tobacco habit. Quitting smoking is really about getting to the psychological root of the problem and then fixing it.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.