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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.

Plain Packaging: Is It Working?

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

Help is available to Quit Smoking

Help is available to quit

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

Quit Smoking and Get Rid of Your Chest Pain

Whether you have just quit smoking or even if you are still smoking, chest pain is a problem you are likely to encounter with cigarette usage. If you experience smoking-related chest pain, then you know that it can be a scary experience; chest pain causes many smokers to worry about diseases such as cancer and emphysema. However before you diagnose yourself (or dive into the scary medical information flooding the internet) take the time to understand the various kinds and causes of chest pain—and then make sure to see your doctor to get the final verdict on what you are experiencing.

Are you a long term smoker?

Long-term smokers, short-term smokers and the newly smoke-free all have the potential to experience chest pain. Chest pain, as a term, is  very vague. There are different kinds of chest pain: sharp, shooting pains when breathing, dull aching, throbbing, pain with coughing etc.

Smokers often experience all of the above mentioned types of chest pain, but not all indicate the presence of a medical condition. Still, if you are a smoker and you experience sustained chest pain, then you need to get to a doctor right away; you could be suffering from lung cancer, emphysema, or angina pectoris—insufficient blood flow to the heart which can result in a heart attack.

For the newly smoke-free, chest pain and even black mucus are very common in the first few weeks after you quit smoking. However, if you notice that the pain does not subside, or that the mucus is black and also streaked with blood, it is important you go to the doctor for a check-up to make sure there is not something more serious going on.

How to avoid chest pain

The best way to avoid chest pain? Don’t smoke, obviously! In other words – quit smoking! But if you are a smoker, then it is never too late to take charge of your health and get rid of that nagging sore feeling in your chest for good. There are many methods out there that can help you, such as quit smoking hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis will help you re-wire your brain’s beliefs and feelings about cigarettes so that you no longer depend on them for emotional and/or psychological soothing.

You have the power to quit

You just have to make the decision to stop. 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 get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are ready to stop smoking, then go and book yourself in for your Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.  Alternatively call 1300 619 684 and have a chat to one of our friendly staff.