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Little-known Facts About E-cigarettes

Despite our growing knowledge that smoking tobacco is bad for us more than 8 million Australians have tried smoking at least once in their life and 3.1 million are currently cigarette smokers. Smoking cigarettes is known to cause damage to every organ in your body, and smoking-related illnesses are responsible for 14,900 deaths in Australia [source: Better Health AU]. But nearly 70 percent of smokers report they want to quit, and a little more than 42 percent say they’ve tried to quit during the past year. In 2013 there was a 10 percent decrease in cigarette sales in the Australia and while that directly followed an increase in the cigarette tax, it’s not only price that’s changing the habits of Australian smokers. Electronic cigarettes (known also as e-cigarettes) have also contributed. Global sales of smokeless tobacco products, including smokeless inhalers, has grown to nearly $3 billion — and continues to grow. In an attempt to quit the tobacco habit as many as one-fifth of smokers have tried e-cigarettes [source: Ross].

Where did e-cigarettes come from?

E-cigarettes were first developed in China and were introduced to the Australian market in 2009. Many are similar enough in appearance to be mistaken for regular tobacco cigarettes. But one look inside and you’ll see the main difference: This is a tobacco-free product. E-cigs are actually vaporizers; instead of burning tobacco, the mechanism heats up a liquid. The liquid turns into vapor, which is then inhaled, or “vaped.” While some argue that vapor offers health advantages over traditional cigarette smoke, regulatory agencies and some health experts aren’t so sure that’s true. Before you consider taking up the e-cigarette habit, read on to get the facts.

How E-Cigarettes Work

They look like the real thing. The end glows as you inhale. As you exhale, you puff out a cloud of what looks like smoke. It’s vapor, similar to the fog you might see at rock shows, says M. Brad Drummond, MD. He’s an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

All e-cigarettes work basically the same way. Inside, there’s a battery, a heating element, and a cartridge that holds nicotine and other liquids and flavorings. Features and costs vary. Some are disposable. Others have a rechargeable battery and refillable cartridges. Using an e-cigarette is called “vaping.”

Are They Safe?

The nicotine inside the cartridges is addictive. When you stop using it, you can get withdrawal symptoms including feeling irritable, depressed, restless and anxious. It can be dangerous for people with heart problems. It may also harm your arteries over time.

So far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette. But what’s in them can vary.

“E-cigarettes may be less harmful than cigarettes,” Drummond says. “But we still don’t know enough about their long-term risks or the effects of secondhand exposure.”

Pro and Con

E-cigarettes have triggered a fierce debate among health experts who share the same goal — reducing the disease and death caused by tobacco. But they disagree about whether e-cigarettes make the problem better or worse.

Opponents say that because nicotine is addictive, e-cigarettes could be a “gateway drug,” leading nonsmokers and kids to use tobacco. They also worry that manufacturers — with huge advertising budgets and celebrity endorsements — could make smoking popular again. That would roll back decades of progress in getting people to quit or never start smoking.

Others look at possible benefits for smokers. “Obviously, it would be best if smokers could quit completely,” says Michael Siegel, MD, MPH, a professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health. “But if that’s not possible, I think they’d be a lot better off with e-cigarettes. They’re a safer alternative.”

Siegel compares replacing tobacco with e-cigarettes to heroin users switching to the painkiller methadone. The replacement may have its own risks, but it’s safer.

Some supporters believe that e-cigarettes could help people quit, just like nicotine gum. Research hasn’t shown that yet, though.

 

Why Are People Still Smoking Cigarettes?

Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes is not good for them. Everyone knows they spend too much money on cigarettes.

So, why do People Continue to Smoke?

And better yet, why is it so hard for those people who are still smoking. Research shows that 63% of smokers want to quit. But they don’t. Why?

Because we are all different!

Reasons why People are Still Smoking Cigarettes

• Some people do not want to put on weight
• Some people do not want to go through the withdrawal symptoms.
• Some people do not think they have the will power to quit cigarettes
• Some people smoke to relieve stress and relax
• Some people are addicted to cigarettes

The biggest reason of all – because smoking cigarettes is not actually under their control.

How Many Cigarettes do Smokers Enjoy?

How many cigarettes a day do you actually enjoy? If you are like most, maybe 4-5. All the other cigarettes you smoke, you do it almost unconsciously. Smoking cigarettes is usually done by your unconscious mind. You may recall a time when you had planned to only smoke a certain number of cigarettes during the day. Then you look down and find that wretched cigarette in your hand.

It is like driving. When you first learned how to drive you had to consciously think about it. But what do you do now when you drive? You go down the road, eating your lunch, talking on your phone, and/or playing with the stereo. You drive unconsciously.

When you first started to smoke you did it consciously. But now it is something your unconscious mind does automatically.  Your unconscious mind is so efficient, it actually reminds you when to smoke.

So unless you deal with the individual reasons unique to you, you will struggle with quitting cigarettes long term.

So if you would like to become a non smoker and remain a non smoker for life book your appointment now.

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Quit Smoking Hypnosis and What to Expect After the Session

When it comes to quit smoking hypnosis, most smokers want to know: What will I feel like when the session is over.

Will I Still Have Cravings?

The answer is that there are no cravings with Quit Smoking Hypnosis. For most people, hypnosis will have the” I-was-never-a-smoker” effect. They don’t think about cigarettes and will go about their daily lives as if cigarettes do not exist. There are no cravings or withdrawals especially if they have followed directions prior to their session (see below).

Some people will have the occasional fleeting thought about cigarettes, but it will disappear as quickly as it came. The rest of the time they will feel great and have no cravings.

Some people have the potential to fall back into old associations, meaning that the things they used to associate smoking with—drinking coffee, socializing, stress etc.—may cause them to have thoughts about smoking on occasion. This is easily handled as long as the person remembers to just say no to those thoughts, drink water, breathe deeply and do something they enjoy as those thoughts will pass.

What Happens if I Start Smoking Again?

On very rare occasions, a person may struggle with smoking cravings and thoughts after their session—but this is usually because they didn’t really want to quit smoking in the first place.  The key to a successful quit smoking hypnosis session is truly wanting to be there and truly wanting to quit smoking. So people who are forced or cajoled into a quit smoking session with hypnosis—often by caring friends and loving family—tend not to have the best results until THEY make the decision to quit on their own. It was mentioned that it is extremely rare for this to happen as the therapist likes to talk to the person before their session to ensure there is a real WANT to stop smoking.

Following Directions

Another reason why people may struggle after their session is lack of preparation.  Information is sent out including the following:-

  • A two track audio – either on CD or online
  • A number of forms
    • Confidential Information
    • Reasons and  Benefits to becoming a non smoker
    • Triggers or any time they smoke
    • Ideas to Replace Cigarettes
    • Pre Session Action Plan
  • Confirmation Letter with instructions and the address. On this letter clients are asked to bring water and fruit and this is explained to them during their session.

So it is important the forms are filled in by them and not a member of the family. It is important to listen to the audio with the two tracks.

So if this isn’t completed then it is an indication people are not committed to the process.  They have to be responsible for their own lives because the hypnosis works however the clients has to also work with it.

What Guarantee do I Have?

Quit smoking hypnosis is so successful that Life Coach to Quit Smoking offers a Lifetime Guarantee to people so if they ever fall back into their old habit of smoking then they can come back for a free follow up session.

Note:  The reality is that when people really want to stop smoking they are non smokers at the end of their session.  It is only if they start smoking again that they need to come back.

The key to quit smoking hypnosis success, however, is truly wanting to quit smoking—truly wanting to make a change. Hypnosis is all about the power of the mind. If the person’s mind isn’t in the right place—that is, if their mind doesn’t agree with the idea of quitting smoking—then it will be difficult for them.

Remember: Change is something that has to come from within; change has to be something they truly want.  So if they really want to quit smoking, then quit smoking hypnosis will work for everyone. Some people say that for them, it was like magic. However it is the power of the subconscious mind and the WANT.

Are you ready to quit smoking and are ready to Book Your Appointment? Then go right ahead and once you have made that commitment you will already commence feeling the joy of making the decision.

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.

 

Living with a Partner Who Smokes

Are you a non-smoker living with a partner who smokes?

How does that feel? Did you ever smoke and are now a non smoker? You must feel so proud of yourself and your achievement. Yes, it is an achievement and you have made it – so well done!

Have you been receiving lots of comments and congratulations from family and friends?

Family are usually the ones who appreciate the sacrifice and effort you have made because they are the ones who worry about you. Clients often tell me that their partner hasn’t made them give up. However so often the smell, mess and worry about their partners health as a smoker is the true reality of their concern and silence. They feel helpless as I did with my husband when he continued to smoke. Being a trained nurse and knowing the facts resulted in a great deal of stress especially with four young children. When he had his first heart attack I was scared and worried even more when he decided he wanted to work in PNG. Thankfully the hospital on Bougainville was the best equipped hospital in PNG. So we were blessed.

Twenty months later when he had his second heart attack I was working as the Nursing Superintendent at the hospital. The Medical Superintendent medivac’d him out the next day so he was in Brisbane when they diagnosed him two days later with extensive lung cancer. This had caused a blockage of one of the main arteries to his heart resulting in his heart attack. I sent one of the trained staff to travel with him so I could stay with the children.

The dangers of living on Bougainville

At that time Bougainville was becoming more isolated with the violence; the airport had been destroyed along with all the planes except one which had been severely damaged. However the staff were able to repair the plane sufficiently which allowed it to continue flying. It was a difficult time as I had two children still on the island. However a very dear friend agreed to care for the children until we could organise flights out of Bougainville. They also packed up our house which was a huge task. Such kindness is never forgotten as another very kind person gave up their seat on the next available flight to allow me to travel to Brisbane all the while unsure of how my husband was doing. We had to make four stops including an overnight stay in Cairns due to the problems on Bougainville. At every stop I wasn’t sure if I had a seat as I hadn’t booked. However the airline used their emergency seating to accommodate me. When I arrived in Brisbane my husband was very sick as they had started chemotherapy. There was such a lot of cancer the body struggled to remove the dead cells from the cancer and chemo.

What about the Children?

I was delighted when the children arrived three days later and we could spend time with their father. We had 11 months with him before he died a most unpleasant death having gone through chemo and later on radiotherapy when he was diagnosed with brain tumours. However I will always look back on those 11 months and feel gratitude for this time with him. Wherever I can I will continue to help other families so their loved one can have additional time with them. So love your partner, families and the world at large. You have had your life extended by up to 14 years now so love your life and enjoy those people around you.

If you or someone you care about are stuck in the grip of a tobacco habit there are people who can help empower you to make the choice to quit smoking. To learn more about strengthening your willpower, visit: http://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/

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