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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Big Tobacco and their convincing advertising.

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.

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Impact of Plain Packaging on Smokers

Quit Smoking and Help your Skin and Body

Quit Smoking and Help your Skin and Body

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? 

If  not – Book  your appointment today with Maureen Hamilton – Hypnotherapist and make that commitment to be free from the smoking habit.  You can also call 1300 619 684 (It will be answered with Master Your Life Power, Life Coach to Quit Smoking)

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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Book  your appointment today and make that commitment to be free from the smoking habit.  You can also call 1300 619 684 (It will be answered with Master Your Life Power, Life Coach to Quit Smoking)

How Does Smoking Affect Breathing?

Smoking and Lung Cancer

Lung With Cancer Caused by Smoking

Being able to breath is such an essential part of living and smoking can create many challenges for people who smoke.

Impact of Smoking on Breathing

A smoker inhales around 7,000 chemicals while smoking, these chemicals can cause profound damage to the body particularly the lungs and the respiratory system. Some of the changes may include a cold or flu especially as it may take longer to recover. Pneumonia is another culprit  as well as asthma. These can occur suddenly and last only for a small time or for longer periods of time and more frequently. Some changes are chronic and life changing, occurring over a period of time but may not be curable for life, for example emphysema.

Regular smoking results in swelling and contraction of the lung passages. Accumulation of superfluous mucus in the lung airways reduces the lung functioning resulting in breathlessness.

Breathing Related Problems due to Smoking

Smoking can lead to chronic cough and wheezing. It can result in Asthma, which is a severe respiratory disease where people suffer from periods of shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Smoking results in increase in the number of deaths because of flu and/or pneumonia. Cigarette smoking is also the chief cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

COPD results in blocking the flow of air within the lungs. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are two COPD diseases. Smoking is the primary reason for 85% of lung cancer cases.

Deep Breathing to Quit Smoking

A person usually takes approximately 5 deep breaths with each cigarette they smoke. If they smoke 15 cigarettes a day, that is 75 deep breaths a day. People often stop taking those deep breaths once they stop smoking. As a non-smoker it is important to fill the lungs and give them a chance to recover from the onslaught of toxins and chemicals that have been going into their lungs, sometimes for years.

Need for Regular Health Checks

Some people become alarmed as they cough up more phlegm over the first couple of weeks of stopping smoking. This usually subsides and if there is a concern then they need to contact their doctor. So the more deep breaths, the quicker the lungs will recover.

Smoker to Non-Smoker

Maybe smoking has become a part of your life for some time. It is a deep-rooted habit. But do not worry, the good news is that healthy habits can be developed too, just like we develop the less healthy or dangerous ones. 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 visit https://lifecoachtoquitsmoking.com/ for more information.

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 https://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.

Do it for the Kids! Smoking’s Impact on Children

Quitting Smoking is something you do, not only for yourself—you also do it for the people you love, particularly children.

Paul’s Story

Paul was a smoker and his daughter Alexis was the main reason for stopping as he knew it was affecting her health.  You see Alexis has asthma and Paul had been advised that smoking was harmful for children. He was very surprised and grateful to be a non smoker at the end of his Quit Smoking Hypnosis session.

You see when parents have a regular smoking habit, their children are negatively affected in a variety of ways including:

Depressed as he wants to quit smoking

Depressed as he wants to quit smoking

Poor Health

Breathing secondhand smoke is just as poisonous and dangerous as smoking a cigarette. For children, however, secondhand smoke is particularly dangerous because their lungs, among other body parts, are less developed and more susceptible to the harmful effects of cigarette toxins. Often children of smokers develop issues such as asthma, chronic pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses. They can also develop circulatory problems and there has even been research suggesting a link between secondhand smoke inhalation and leukemia and brain tumors in children.

Poor Habits

Children exposed to their parents’ unhealthy smoking habit, learn that this kind of unhealthy behavior is acceptable. Parents are children’s number one role models and children are always watching mum and dad in order to mimic their behavior and learn to be adults. This is how children learn many of the habits they will carry with them into their adult life, for better or worse.

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 https://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.