Psychological Effects of Marijuana

If you are a marijuana smoker, quitting smoking is important for your mental health.

How does Marijuan affect you

Is Marijuana Addictive?

Quitting Smoking Marijuana Keeps Your Mental Faculties in Better Shape

When we talk about smoking, particularly cigarettes, we are mainly concerned with identifying the physical hazards. When it comes to smoking marijuana, the psychological hazards often pose a greater risk. Let’s take a brief look at what marijuana is, what it does and how it can affect your mental health in order to underscore the importance of quitting smoking marijuana or as it often referred to as pot.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana is a plant from the nettle family known as cannabis sativa or cannabis indica. It grows in the wild and is also cultivated by farmers and drug dealers. Marijuana is used for many purposes: to make rope and textiles, medicines, and finally, as a recreational drug. Marijuana can be smoked for recreational purposes in both resin and dried plant forms; marijuana resin is commonly known as hashish.

How does Marijuana Affect Your Mental Health?

Marijuana’s active ingredient is THC and within ten minutes of smoking it, you will begin to feel its effects on your body as it is being absorbed into your blood stream. Theses effects include:

  1. · Euphoria
  2. · Paranoia
  3. · Fear
  4. · Panic
  5. · Increased appetite
  6. · Rapid heart rate
  7. · Slowed reaction time/perception of time

Marijuana is Psychologically Addictive

Like cigarette smoking, it becomes a strong habit that is hard to break. Quitting smoking marijuana is difficult because people become psychologically dependent on the altered state provided by the THC experience. Smoking marijuana can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and inability to function at normal social levels. It affects short-term memory, so it can make your job or studies more difficult. Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive because theories about it being biologically addictive have proven to be inconclusive. However, psychological addiction is often more difficult to break because habits can become deeply ingrained into our brains-we feel as though we cannot live without them.

Quitting Smoking Marijuana

This a good idea because it is a distraction from the reality of life. Altered mental states can become problematic when trying to forge interpersonal relationships or take care of your personal responsibilities. Smoking, whether it is marijuana or cigarettes, is a habit and quitting the smoking habit is something that only you have control over. The substances don’t control you, you control whether or not you are going to use them. Staying mentally fit is an important part of life and if you want to have optimal mental health, then a marijuana-free lifestyle is a good step in the right direction.

Is Smoking Marijuana Controlling Your Life

Many people who smoke marijuana have experienced negative experiences and even trauma in their lives. Smoking marijuana acts as an emotional buffer assisting people to live their lives and function as best they can. Many have sought assistance from various health professionals and while they may have assisted them to cope, they may not have been able to deal with the underlying trauma. The Richards Trauma Process is a comparitively new therapy where these events can be resolved in usually only three sessions.

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Hypnotherapy Concepts

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Chances are you have heard of hypnosis, but you may not believe in it. Many people are sceptical when it comes to anything that has to do with trances or altered-states of mind that are not induced by drugs. However, hypnosis is a very real phenomenon that can have many therapeutic benefits. In order to better understand how hypnosis can help people, it is important to first understand how it works, so let’s discuss the concept of hypnosis in a little more depth.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an imaginative mental state of mind and it is typically characterized by heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. Hypnosis is induced by hypnotic induction, a process that involves a long series of questions and instructions. Hypnotic induction can be administered by a hypnotist or by the subject him or herself. Contrary to popular belief, subjects who have been hypnotized are not asleep or engaging in sleepwalking, but rather are awake and responding to and focusing on the suggestions of the hypnotist.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the term used when hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes. Hypnotherapists use guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focus to help their patients achieve a heightened sense of awareness (a kind of “trance”) in which they are able to zone in on specific behavioural issues and address them by making positive changes.

The Power of the Mind

Hypnotherapy can help modify a variety of behaviours and habits and it is dependent on the power of the mind, not mind-altering drugs. In this way, hypnotherapy is not at all dangerous. The only danger is that it may or may not work in helping you achieve a specific behavioural goal, but it will not harm your body in any way. Hypnosis will not cause you to lose control of your free will, only make you more open to suggestions. So it is not a form of mind control or manipulation. It is completely safe and many patients find it extremely helpful in changing the way they think about things and perceive things.

Common Use of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be used to help a patient quit smoking,  relieve stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, and sleep disorders. It is considered an aid to psychotherapy and it has become increasingly popular as people are becoming more aware of how much power the mind has in influencing the way we think and behave. We are the creators of our thoughts and our thoughts are the creators of our actions. There are many certified hypnotherapists and there are hypnotherapy organizations in Australia , America, England as well as in various countries across the globe.

If you have some habits  you are looking to change, are struggling with a psychological condition, or are just seeking ways to expand your mind and the way you think about the world; hypnosis offers a great chance to condition your thinking in positive, creative, and helpful ways.  It is definitely worth considering when looking for ways to improve your quality of life.

One of those habits is often smoking.

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Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

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5 Ways of Showing Your Gratitude

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Being thankful and showing those around you gratitude is a healing and fulfilling way to approach living your life. It makes you happy, keeps you balanced, and humble and fills those around you with a sense of worthiness and warmth.

Showing gratitude is a simple task

Gratitude can be a simple thank you when someone lets you borrow their pen in a science class or the gesture of holding the door open for a mum struggling with her grocery bags. Gratitude is a good tonic for many of the ailments in life. It can help keep you balanced and centered in times of great struggle. Practicing gratitude everyday is good for your heart and your mind.

Here are five easy ways that you can show gratitude in your life every day

This will not require a lot of energy or effort.

Offer a little extra help

Offering help does not have to be a huge exertion. If someone drops something, pick it up. Let them know that they are worthy of help and a little extra attention. No matter how small the action, it is the intention behind it that counts.

Make thank you your favorite phrase

Do you say thank you enough? Think about it. Making thank you a hallmark of your social interactions will make people appreciate you and want to spend time with you because they know they are appreciated.

Praise someone

Give an extra compliment to someone, a coworker or a friend. Let them know that you value what they do, what they say, and above all who they are.

Listen

You can show that you appreciate someone by really listening to what they have to say. Sometimes people just want to know that they are seen and heard, and if you authentically listen to what they have to say, you will boost their self-esteem and self-worth ten-fold.

Replace criticism with gratitude

Did your spouse leave the towel on the bathroom floor again? Did your coworker start chewing his food too loudly during a meeting? Instead of criticizing the habits that annoy you, try to focus on showing gratitude to the people in your life, even when they annoy you the most. You will feel better and more centered if you dwell on the positive instead of the negative.

Gratitude is a major factor in keeping us connected to those around us.

As human beings, we are relational and the main purpose in our lives is to keep ourselves connected with those around us, as this facilitates our ability to receive love, safety, and comfort. Showing gratitude is a way of making the people around us feel that they are worthy of love, safety, and comfort. Gratitude is a humble way of nurturing the seeds of human relationships that lead us all to feel better about ourselves and our place in the world.

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Does Australia’s Strict Approach to Tobacco Advertising actually Help People Quit Smoking?

Australia is one of the world leaders in the war against tobacco advertising.

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Power of the Tobacco Industry

The idea has been that to help people quit smoking, the tobacco advertising industry must have its wings clipped. It has been illegal to advertise tobacco products on the radio and television since 1976 and in 1990 it became illegal to promote tobacco in Australian magazines and newspapers. The Tobacco Advertising Prohibition of 1992 now bans most forms of tobacco advertising, and plain packaging cigarettes became law in November 2011. This created a landmark legal challenge lodged by Big Tobacco in which Australia won.

Definite Changes

Australia is indeed a bellwether of global anti-tobacco initiatives, but do these efforts really help its populace quit smoking? According to the New South Wales Cancer Council, Australians have quit smoking in dramatic numbers, particularly Australian men. In 1945, approximately 72% of Australian men were regular smokers and 26% of Australian women smoked. Contrast these numbers with recent Australian statistics: In 2007, 18.6% of Australian men were regular smokers and 14.5% of women were regular smokers. On the surface, and when the entire populace is taken into account, it looks as though clamping down on the tobacco industry’s ability to advertise freely has massive amounts of people to quit smoking, and this is true.  But a deeper look at the statistics reveals a troubling trend: smoking rates in Australia are highest among both the youth and aboriginals.  The highest smoking rates among non-indigenous Australians are men aged 18-24 (34%) and women aged 25-34 (27%). Among the indigenous population, smoking rates are even higher, hovering steadily around 50%. This may be due to their disenfranchisement, but they are subjected to the same lack of tobacco advertising as the non-indigenous population, so something else is at play here because both young non-indigenous and indigenous Australians have not quit smoking—they have continued to inhale.

Disturbing Trends

What do these disturbing trends among Australian youth say about Australia’s strict curbing of tobacco advertising? If the Australian youth, a generation that has grown up under these strict regulations, are the primary smokers in Australia, then something must be amiss. The problem likely lies in the fact that too much emphasis is being placed on Big Tobacco and not enough is placed on the personal responsibility each person has in shaping their own tobacco use habits.  It is very easy to point the finger as long as we don’t have to point the finger at ourselves and today’s youth are accustomed to laying the blame for their behavior on external influences. But external influences do not force the habit of smoking—they merely influence.  If a person wants to quit smoking, they must make it a personal priority. It is an excellent thing that Australia places so much emphasis on taking the legs out from underneath tobacco advertising, but there needs to be more emphasis placed on the role that personal responsibility has in helping people quit smoking. A smoking commercial might show us cigarettes, but we are the ones who hold the lighters.

Are you a Smoker?

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Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
Call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and loving their new life.

Impact of Marijuana on Physical Health

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Many marijuana users and activists believe that cigarette smoking is more dangerous to your physical health than marijuana. While it is thought to be true that cigarette smoking is more harmful for your body than pot, it is completely false to assume that pot has no negative impact on your physical health.

There are many physical problems associated with pot smoking, and therefore it is important to avoid marijuana. Inhaling any smoke into your lungs on a regular basis can never be good for you, no matter how hard pot activists and users try to convince you otherwise.

Let’s take a look at some of the short-term and long-term physical side-effects of marijuana use in order to understand that it is a habit that. Like cigarette smoking, pot is harmful for your body.

Short-term physical consequences of marijuana use

Smoking marijuana causes the following short-term physical changes to your body:

· Increased heartbeat

· Change in blood pressure

· Dilated, bloodshot eyes

· Dry mouth

· Hunger

While these short-term side effects are not life threatening, they can cause an incredible amount of discomfort and it is not healthy for your blood pressure to rapidly spiral up and down-this can lead to heart problems and heart attacks later down the road. Your body is more sensitive than you think and even short-term changes caused by marijuana can play a role in affecting your mood and your long-term health.

Long-term Physical Consequences of Marijuana Use

There are many negative long-term physical effects associated with marijuana use:

· Increased production of phlegm and dry coughing

· Increased lung infections

· Increased acute chest infections

· Impaired memory

· Disorientation

· Impaired immune system

· Heart attacks and heart problems

Smoking pot can damage your heart, brain, lungs, and immune system. These are vital parts of your physical make-up and if they do not function properly your quality of life will suffer dramatically. While there hasn’t been a definitive link established between cancer and pot smoking, the other risks listed above should be enough to deter you.  Many people aren’t aware that there are other, sometimes far more damaging health risks associated with inhaling any kind of smoke.

Marijuana use does have a negative impact on your physical body, both in the short and long-term. While cigarette smoking gets the bad reputation, particularly relative to cancer, pot smoking shouldn’t be given a free pass. It is dangerous too. Both pot and cigarette smoking are habits that should be avoided at all costs especially if you want to maintain optimal physical health and lead an enjoyable life.

Are you a Smoker?

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
Call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and loving their new life.

Marijuana Vs Tobacco

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The healthiest lifestyle is one that is totally smoke free, avoiding both marijuana and tobacco. Many tobacco smokers feel that as long as they don’t engage marijuana use, their habit isn’t that bad because it is legal. Conversely, marijuana users believe that tobacco smoke is way more harmful than cannabis smoke and thus they feel as though their lifestyle is less of a health problem.

Facing the Truth

It seems as though both groups of smokers are trying their hardest to avoid the truth: that both marijuana and tobacco have very damaging physical and psychological effects. We are our minds and bodies in that we must live with them every day and if we want to be happy, we have to keep them healthy. The best way to keep your mind and body in top form is to stay completely smoke free.

To Stay Psychologically Healthy, Stay Off Pot

The major benefit of staying smoke free and pot free is better mental health. Marijuana is not as physically dangerous as tobacco smoke in terms of cancer. It does cause respiratory infections and other smoke-related illnesses. According to medical researchers headed by Dr. Donald Tashkin at the University of California at Los Angeles, there is a chemical reaction within marijuana that kills cancer cells, and tobacco apparently lacks this property.

Smoking Marijuana Does Cause Damage

However, psychologically, marijuana is damaging to each smoker’s health. It causes euphoria, panic, anxiety, and paranoia. It provides users with a false sense of happiness or fear that is fleeting, and many people develop a marijuana habit to escape the reality of life, often to avoid problems. Marijuana use can also impair short-term memory and damage learning skills.

To Stay Physically Healthy, Stay Off Tobacco

The major benefit of staying smoke free and tobacco free is better physical health. Tobacco smoke contains potent carcinogens that are proven to cause cancer and other devastating health problems such as emphysema. Tobacco is a habit that can lead to early death and an overall decreased enjoyment of life due to poor health.

The categories above are much generalized. Marijuana and tobacco contribute to both physical and psychological problems. These categories serve as a good rubric for understanding the importance of the role these play on the mind and the body energetically for better health.

When we talk about health, we often think of mind health and body health as separate things. That doesn’t always apply and doesn’t necessarily affect each other. In reality they are connected and constantly influencing one another. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body and a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

Both marijuana and tobacco affect the health of the mind and body. So it is important to realize that a smoke free lifestyle is your best bet for total health.

Are you a Smoker?

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist. You may also be smoking pot. It is important this is mentioned as you may require additional assistance.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
Call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and loving their new life.

5 Reasons People Start Smoking

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Starting to smoke is one of the most regretted actions of most smokers, especially people who have experienced serious health problems. Losing a loved one to smoking is also painful and sad.

Smoking is a Psychosocial Habit

While most people search the internet for information on how to quit smoking, finding out why people start smoking is also a worthwhile endeavor. This is because smoking is a psychosocial habit and in order to kick it, people need to identify and then address the root issues related to their smoking; they need to know why they started to figure out how they can stop.  Let’s take a closer look at five of the main reasons people start smoking.

Peer Pressure/Social Rewards

Many people light up their first cigarette as a way of connecting with others in a group. Cigarettes are an object that people socialize around, laughing, talking and forging or maintaining friendships.  It is important to note here that many people, teens and adults included, feel pressured to smoke, fearing they will not belong to a group and sometimes even being told so directly.

Parents

In terms of smoking, the apple often doesn’t fall far from the tree. When parents smoke, their children are much more likely to become regular smokers during adolescence and adulthood.  Children model the behavior of their parents and smoking is a very easy habit to pick up in this way.

Relief and Self-Medication

Many people start smoking as a way to relieve stress or as a distraction from personal problems they may be dealing with: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work issues, and paradoxically even health issues.

Weight Loss

Many people believe that smoking is the fast track to weight loss, since cigarettes very often suppress one’s appetite.

Advertising

Although the strength of tobacco advertising has diminished in recent years, smoking is still portrayed as a glamorous, daring activity that many people want to try and the advertising media is a powerful tool for perpetuating these beliefs.

Above are the most common reasons why people develop a long-term tobacco habit. But there is a common theme behind all of them.  Each fulfills a psychological or emotional need. Whether it is gaining a sense of belonging, a sense of security or tension relief, or a boost to the ego. People start smoking to strengthen or even fulfill an emotional aspect that is missing from their lives.

Given the psycho-emotional reasons behind smoking, quitting smoking is really about identifying why people start in the first place. One particularly helpful way of doing this is by trying out Quit Smoking Hypnosis. Quit smoking hypnosis employs the techniques of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation purposes and the powerful Neuro Linguistic Programming or NLP.  It helps people identify their core smoking issues and then assists them in re-learning and re-shaping their attitudes and emotions towards cigarettes and themselves so that they can give up the deadly habit. People may start smoking to meet a certain need, but they can learn to find fulfillment through healthier avenues with the help of Quit Smoking Hypnosis.

Are you a Smoker?

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
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Impact of Plain Packaging on Smokers

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Despite vehement global anti-smoking efforts over the past several decades, cigarette smoking is proving extremely difficult to eradicate. According to the World Health

Organization, there are nearly 1 billion smokers on the planet and that number is increasing.

Australia Takes the First Step to Block Smoking

Australia recently became the first country to up the ante in the cigarette smoking war with proposed legislation that would require tobacco companies to sell plain packaged cigarettes to consumers. Plain packaged cigarettes are covered in macabre images of the health damages associated with smoking and large, printed health warnings. Advertising is diminished by the printing of the brand name in simple, white font.

The bill was introduced by Australia’s Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon, who stated that “this plain packaging legislation is a world first and sends a clear message that the glamour is gone. Cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking.”

Impact of Plain Packaging on Smokers?

Will it really curtail cigarette smoking, or is it just another idealistic attempt to control the human propensity for vice?

Probably a mixture of both. Researchers believe that plain packaging has the potential to be an excellent weapon against cigarette smoking because it hits the tobacco industry right where it counts: advertising.

According to a study released by Quit Victoria in May 2011, the tobacco industry “uses cigarette pack technologies and innovations in design to communicate particular attributes about each brand and by extension the personality and social status of its users.”

Put simply, the cigarette package has become the tobacco industry’s central marketing tool. Although there has never been a legislated implementation of plain packaging, which Quit Victoria readily points out, they go on to claim that “plain and generic packaging, made cigarettes less attractive and appealing”. This is based on the hypothetical findings of an expert panel of the Canadian Department of Health in 1995. In essence, the argument is strip away the tobacco industry’s marketing ability and allure of cigarette smoking fades away into the grotesque images on plain packages tobacco.

Will Plain Packaging Work

While plain packaging will no doubt help make cigarette smoking a much more unpleasant experience, it is not likely to dramatically decrease the number of smokers worldwide because the decision to smoke ultimately rests with each individual.

Warning labels on cigarette packages have been around for years and that still has abolished the cigarette smoking trend-many smokers even laugh off the platitudes plastered onto their packages such as “smoking is lethal” or “smoking can lead to a slow and painful death.”

It is a good and necessary thing to clip the wings of the insidious tobacco marketers. As evidenced by tobacco warning labels, people often need a more personal impetus to give up bad habits. One such impetus is money-the more tobacco is taxed and the more expensive it is, the more likely people are to stop using it. Warnings are a good deterrent, and should be used, but the ultimate way to stop cigarette smoking is to pick people’s pockets.

Are you willing to let smoking cigarettes continue to control YOUR LIFE? 

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At the end of the session, you will be a non-smoker.

You won’t feel as if you are giving anything up, or having to cope with not having cigarettes.

You will be satisfied and happy that you have now done what so many people only wish to do.

So what are you waiting for??

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How to Prevent Teenage Smoking

To Prevent Teenage Smoking, we have to Understand Why they Start

If we want to help teens stop smoking, then we must ask: what is it that makes a teenager light up that first cigarette? Is it Big Tobacco advertising? Stress? Friends, Parents or Peer Pressure?

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Influences that affect children and encourages them to smoke

The teenage years are a habit forming stage of life and in the rush to be cool or deal with the complicated modern world, smoking is an easy habit to pick up. There are over 125,000 Australians teens between the age of 14-18 who smoke, despite all the efforts to warn them about the harm of cigarettes. This shows that warning isn’t enough in the fight to stop smoking. We have to understand the root causes too. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons teenagers start smoking in order to better understand how we can help prevent them from smoking

Peer pressure

The term peer pressure has become so cliché, but it should never be underestimated. At no other time in life is the pull of peer pressure stronger than during the teenage years. Teens want to fit in and want to be cool, even at the expense of their health. It is hard to get many teens to stop smoking if everybody else is doing it. Social media has had a role to play in the way teenagers make decisions whether they be good or not so good.

Stress

Cigarettes are claimed to be an unhealthy stress reliever. Some research has shown that Nicotine suppresses the emotions. So when a person is feeling stressed or anxious, they immediately reach for a cigarette and feel that instant relief. However this can also come from that initial cigarette a person smoked. Yes it tasted terrible but once they have mastered the cigarette, it makes them feel good. The unconscious mind is there to protect us mentally as well as emotionally. So when a person takes that first smoke they imagined that the cigarette made them feel better. In actual fact cigarettes increase stress and anxiety due to the toxins and poisons in a cigarette.

Modern teenagers are swimming in stress, some are even drowning in it. With pressures at school, in the family, and about the future, it is no wonder many teenagers turn to cigarettes as a recreational way to forget about pressures of life, even if it is for just a few smoke-filled minutes.

Teenagers are Invincible

With age we recognise the dangers of smoking cigarettes and the number of people who die every day from the effects of smoking. As a young person who is at the beginning of their life, they see themselves as living forever and that smoking won’t hurt them.

Family influences

Many teens pick up the habit of smoking because there are family members who smoke. Perhaps their parents or even their grandparents smoke. It is difficult for parents to get their teens to stop smoking if they are smokers themselves. Even though teens seem to want to have nothing to do with their parents, they are still looking up to them more than we think.

Above are just a few of the main reasons teenagers start smoking, but they give us some important insights into the habit. Peer pressure shows us that it is important to earnestly encourage teens to be independent and think for themselves. It is acceptable for them to make their own choices.

This may seem like a platitude, but the more we say, the more it will sink in. Stress shows us that we need to take a closer look at how society is shaping teenage life, and more specifically promote a culture of honestly talking about feelings and being able to admit that things have become too much, instead of letting cigarettes become the mouthpiece of teenage stress.

Good Choices

Family influences show us that smoking lights up a chain reaction. If parents and adults struggle to make good decisions, then we can’t expect teens to be able to make them either. We need to be more honest and open as a society about the root causes of smoking instead of just going after Big Tobacco.

Smoking is a habit that can be built upon the foundation of deeper problems in someone’s life, and we need to be able to address those problems if we want to prevent our teenagers from smoking.

Are you a Smoker?

Hypnosis can help you quit smoking in only 60 minutes. Just as healthy habits can be developed, you can also get rid of your smoking habit, under the guidance of a Hypnotherapist.

Maureen Hamilton- Hypnotherapist

Maureen Hamilton is a Hypnotherapist and a Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Specialist. Maureen is a specialist who uses the most effective process to help people quit cigarettes in just 60 minutes with an outstanding success rate of 97.5% using a proven and successful technique which has worked for thousands of clients. Maureen can help you and take you from being a smoker to a non-smoker in just one session and offering a Lifetime Guarantee.
Call Maureen on 1300 619 684 or have a look at those people who have quit smoking and are loving their new life.

How Does Smoking Affect Teeth

The majority of contemporary anti-smoking adds and promotions focus on the internal effects of smoking cigarettes such as cancer, heart disease, emphysema, indigestion and so many more. Not as much emphasis is placed on the smoke effects on teeth.

Smoking Affects Teeth

How Smoking Affects Teeth

Losing teeth due to smoking can not only affect the ability to eat, it can be quiet restrictive with the quality and quantity of food. Smoking also affects the gums which can cause not only tooth decay but also loss of teeth plus gum recession.

Why are Teeth so Affected by Smoking?

Inhaling smoke into the body affects every part of the body and especially the blood vessels and the airways via the lungs. The teeth are therefore affected in two ways, firstly directly by inhaling and the second way is through the circulation.

When we breathe in we breath in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. During this process there is an exchange of gases in the lungs where the lungs take up the oxygen and then gives back the carbon dioxide. This process during smoking is very damaging to the teeth when a person is smoking as it is affecting the teeth directly. More importantly it is affecting the circulation and of course that is why we see the way the smoke effects teeth.

4 Ways Smoking Affects Oral Health

Creates Tartar and Plaque

Some chemicals in tobacco affect the flow of saliva in the mouth. This makes it easier for oral bacteria to attach to gums and teeth. This smooth bacterial plaque can develop on teeth and along the gum line. This needs to be removed daily, otherwise it can harden into tartar. This tartar can be so hard it needs a dentist to remove it. Smokers are more likely to develop gum disease or periodontal disease, which can attack roots and cause teeth to fall out.

Smoking Interferes with Blood Circulation

When brushing teeth or even flossing, smokers are more likely to see their gums bleed and this happens more commonly with smokers.
The normal function of gum tissue is impacted by smoking. This causes infections and restricts blood flow. Healing time may be reduced after oral surgery for dental implants, tooth extraction or treatment of gum disease.  Therefore the recovery process may be difficult.

Smoking Leads to Oral Cancer

According to WebMD, about 90 percent of people diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, throat or lips used tobacco. Smokers are six times more likely than non-smokers to develop oral cancers.

Bad Breath and Stained Teeth

Smoking can cause bad breath and often people notice their teeth are stained to a yellow colour.

Caring for your Teeth

We know smoking or use tobacco products increase the risk of oral health problems. However brushing twice daily, after breakfast and before bedtime will go a long way to protecting your teeth. Another important strategy is to each day especially after brushing the teeth at night.

Visit your dentist and have an assessment done so you know what needs to be done and ask for advice on how you can improve your oral hygiene.

Quitting smoking is the most important way of protecting the teeth and of course other areas of the body. This is often a challenge to people especially when they have possibly tried so many other ways/methods.

Are you a Smoker?

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