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.

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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.
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