How does smoking affect your sleep?

Smoking affects sleep

Nicotine is a stimulant and can reduce the ability to sleep.

There are many things that can disturb our sleep patterns, from sleep apnea to stress.

Issues caused by chronic sleep loss

Chronic sleep loss can cause many issues such as weight gain, a weakened immune system, depression, and chronic fatigue. Many people don’t realize how fragile our ability to sleep really is. Sleep can be easily disturbed by anything. This includes cigarettes, stress and many other emotional factors. In fact, smoking is a major disruptor of your sleeping habits. Let’s take a closer look at how smoking cigarettes hinders your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

What causes sleep disruption

One way that smoking harms your sleeping patterns is by disrupting what doctors and researchers call the sleep architecture. The sleep architecture is the structure of your sleep. That is the patterns of sleep cycles that constitute your entire sleep experience during the night. You should typically move through a cycle that ranges from light sleep to deep sleep, optimally without waking up in between stages.

Smokers experience something called sleep fragmentation with regards to their sleep architecture. This is something that can affect anyone. Smokers are four times more likely than nonsmokers to experience interrupted sleep. Smokers have a harder time falling asleep and staying asleep than non smokers. Smokers are also less likely to fall into a “deep sleep” stage of sleeping which is a vital part of resting and rejuvenating their body during the night. Thus, smokers are not able to get the proper rest they need during the night.

Health impacts due to smoking cigarettes

The tired body of a smoker is more susceptible to illness and stress. Therefore smokers are at an even higher risk of getting sick or feeling glum because their bodies are working overtime to combat the toxins from tobacco.

Smoking can also increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If a person snores loudly and feels tired even after a full night’s sleep, They might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring and a loss of breath that causes the sleeper to wake up continuously through the night. Since smokers obstruct their airways with cigarette toxins and the byproducts of their mucus, many smokers can develop sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms. In fact, the lauded Mayo Clinic research hospital in the U.S. has determined that smokers are three times more likely to experience sleep apnea or sleep apnea like symptoms.

If you are a smoker you have probably heard the thousand and one reasons to quit smoking and sleeping is one of them. Your body cannot function properly if it does not get the rejuvenation of a good night’s sleep. Smoking cigarettes disturbs an already weakened body’s ability to rest and regenerate. If you want to sleep better and stay healthy, then put that last cigarette out for good!

Closet Smokers and Their Burden of Secrecy

Closet smoking can be so difficult to manage. Sometimes the cravings are so strong that it is really challenging.

The power of the uncsoncious/non-conscious/subconscious mind

Quit Smoking with Hypnosis North Brisbane

Quit Smoking with Hypnosis

I had a client once who came in to quit smoking with hypnosis. He had a distinct odour of cigarette smoke. However one of the reasons he wanted to quit, he said, was that his wife didn’t know he smoked. I asked him how that could be possible as he really did smell.

Apparently he owned his own business.  He explained the odour to his wife that he drove the workers home each day. He said they smoked in his car. So he was getting away with it.

However he said that he took his wife away for a 2 week holiday once and he never felt or thought of a cigarette the whole time. Of course when he got back he was really keen to go back to work so he could have a smoke. Perhaps this little story emphasises the power of the unconscious mind. We really are in control.

Another example is when a smoker travels on a long flight. He doesn’t have any urge to smoke cigarettes during that time. Yet they rush to an outlet as soon as they land so they can have a cigarette.

Power of Marketing and Advertising 

Major tobacco companies have not relinquished the will to continue marketing their products. This is despite the fact that smoking is still widely prevalent and cigarettes have actually become quite taboo in recent years. Whereas smoking cigarettes was  quite a status symbol in the 1950’s and 60’s (Think of a chain smoking Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or any of the big shots in Madmen)

Cigarettes have now been relegated to being trashy and unhealthy. In fact in most countries, especially Australia, they are socially frowned on and seen as bad taste. The problem with making cigarettes taboo is that the once enticing cigarette is a potent combination that often leads to lies and secrecy and thus engenders the phenomenon of the closet smoker.

Closet smokers are secret smokers

They make sure to hide their nicotine habit from specific people. This may include family, friends, partners, or coworkers. Closet smokers have developed a smoking habit that they are ashamed of. It is something they crave and simultaneously feel the need to hide. Some may hide their smoking for the thrill. Others because it makes them feel dirty. Then there are others who don’t want to disappoint the ones they love. Whatever the reason, closet smoking is not just physically harmful, it is psychologically and relationally harmful as well.

Reasons for Closet Smoking

Perhaps you are a closet smoker and you want to break free of this double-bind habit. Well done! Here are a couple of questions you may need to ask yourself:-

  • Identify why you are smoking
  • Why are you smoking in secrecy
  • How is the smoking in secrecy impacting your relationship/s
  • What is the emotional burden of smoking on your life
  • How will this affect you if the person or persons you are hiding your smoking habit from find out that you are a smoker
  • If you have a shared banking arrangement, how are you managing to hide the fact you are spending so much money on smoking
  • Perhaps there are other questions. In making a decision to quit smoking, these will help you to weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of continuing to smoke.

It is one thing to take on smoking as a social habit, however smoking can be an anti-social habit. This is what closet smoking is. Closet smoking can certainly have its drawbacks as mentioned above. It may also be a way for you to deal with hidden feelings of shame or fear that you have about yourself and your relationship with others. It may also be a sign that you are trying to avoid problems. These may be problems you are having in your life. It may also be the feeling of being rejected or punished by those who love you.

Secrets are Burdens

Whatever the reason you are engaging in closet smoking, it is ultimately something only you can identify, admit, and change. One thing to remember is that closet smoking is secretive and secrets are burdens. Secrets keep us isolated from our true selves and from those we love. Smoking can be a difficult habit to break and it often requires you to find support from others. If you are keeping your struggle with your smoking habit hidden, then you are less likely to be able to stop it. If you want to give up the secrets and the detrimental ways that they impact your life, open up those closet doors today and start living in the light of honesty and health.

Maureen Hamilton Hypnotherapist

Sometimes we fear attempting to give up smoking. Why? That awful fear of being a failure. With hypnosis there is no such thing as failure, just feedback. There are times when people have struggled to quit smoking as they have been using the cigarette as a crutch. So a short time after quitting successfully with hypnosis, they go through stress and reach for their crutch, the cigarette and start smoking again. This is not common but it does happen. So what can we do to resolve this.

This experience may be due to stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD etc. Therefore these emotions need to be addressed. As a hypnotherapist, Maureen assists people in these areas with The Richards Trauma Process (TRTP). TRTP is now being used not only in Australia but in other countries around the world. This process is one of the most successful therapies in assisting people to address those negative experiences and especially trauma.

Would you like to find out how successful hypnosis is? Check out the Testimonial page where you will discover how people found hypnosis with quitting smoking with hypnosis.

Mind Over Matter: Smoking Cigarettes, A Force of Habit

If you want to stop smoking, you have to defeat your mind and not your body.

Smoking is a problem

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Smoking Cessation is About Habit Cessation

The common belief about smoking over the last 50 years has been smokers are physically addicted to tobacco, particularly nicotine. While it is true that the body can become addicted to tobacco, research published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology from Tel Aviv University confirms what many smokers and non smokers have known all along: Smoking is more of a psycho-social habit and less of a physiological addiction.

Not a Popular Theory with Smoking Advocates

While it doesn’t seem like rocket science to deduce that smoking is a habit influenced by social elements, it is not a particularly popular theory. Dr. Rueven Dar of Tel Aviv University suspects this has to do with opposition from nicotine addiction advocates: “These findings might not be popular with advocates of the nicotine addiction theory because they undermine the physiological role of nicotine and emphasize mind over matter when it comes to smoking.” Dr. Dar definitely is on to something when it comes to smoking cessation. People don’t like to think they can be in the driver’s seat when it comes to quitting. It is much easier to blame smoking on a physical addiction than it is to take responsibility for changing the habit. Smoking cessation is easier to relegate to the back of a smoker’s mind if they don’t think that quitting has anything to do with their own willpower.

Psychological Cues and Not Nicotine Cravings

Dar and his research team were able to determine that smokers crave cigarettes as a result of psychological cues and not nicotine cravings or withdrawal. They conducted an experiment with flight attendants in which they monitored their smoking behavior on flights that were 10-13 hours long and flights that were 3-5 hours long. They were able to conclude that the duration of the flight had no impact on craving levels, and were surprised to find that craving levels were higher for flight attendants that had just completed the short flight. Were nicotine as physiologically addictive, the flight attendants should have felt stronger cravings after the longer flight. The fact that the cravings had lessened or were the same after the long flight indicates that the smokers had gone longer without their habit of smoking. The longer you give up a habit, the less effect it has on you.

So what are the implications the Tel Aviv University study for smoking cessation?

Dr. Dar believes that smoking cessation techniques should concentrate on the psychological aspect of smoking rather than the physical addiction; teaching people to be cognitively aware of their actions and to learn to control their thoughts and cravings. The power to break your smoking habit lies in your hands, or maybe it would be better to say it lies in your thoughts. For Dr. Dar and many others in the fight against tobacco, mind over matter is the key to smoking cessation.

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

If  not – 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)

You will know for yourself that at the end of the session, you are now 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??

Start Now on Your journey to be a non-smoker

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)

Why Quit Smoking is Hard

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Depressed man smoking cigarette because quit smoking is hard.

Habits are hard to break. Like biting your nails or twirling your hair, smoking is a habit that becomes a nearly unconscious reflex. As you develop a smoking habit, your mind associates having a cigarette with getting settled in your car, having your morning coffee, or walking out of the office at the end of a workday. It becomes a subconscious habit. Quitting smoking is hard because, by quitting, you are forcing yourself to remove a habit out of your daily mindset.

Once you are a smoker, you do not continue to smoke because you truly want or enjoy every cigarette. You continue to smoke because smoking controls your life. It is automatic. This is why quitting smoking is so hard, but, as long as you’re truly ready, quitting smoking doesn’t have to be impossible.

The problem with physical treatments

People wonder why quit smoking is hard. Many people turn to physical solutions to help them quit smoking, whether those are nicotine patches, gums, or electronic cigarettes. These can help curb physical cravings, but the mental urge is still there. While using these treatments, you are still a smoker. It is common for smokers who have used these to pick up smoking again, either in the middle of treatment or shortly after quitting. Especially if you turn to using electronic cigarettes, you are replacing one habit with another. If long-term or life-long quitting is your goal, you may be looking for other, more permanent solutions.

How hypnosis is unique

Hypnosis is different. A good hypnotherapist can make you into a permanent nonsmoker after just one session. For a hypnosis session to be successful, though, you must be completely prepared. Perhaps the hypnotherapist will provide materials to fill out, listen to, or read before your session. Think of why you want to quit, why you started smoking in the first place, and why you have or haven’t tried quitting previously. You cannot have doubts while going into your hypnotherapy session—you must trust your hypnotherapist, and you must truly believe you will be a nonsmoker at the end of the session. You may have outside motivators to help you quit smoking, whether that is your family, friends, job, etc., but the most essential thing you can bring to your hypnosis session is your want to quit.

After hypnosis: Being a nonsmoker

Being a nonsmoker, of course, has its perks. But after so many years of smoking, suddenly quitting after just one hypnotherapy session can come as a shock to the body, especially the lungs. After all, you’re used to taking more deep breaths from inhaling cigarette puffs as a smoker. After your hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist should advise you to frequently perform deep breathing exercises. There is still a buildup of tar and other harmful chemicals remaining in your lungs, so modified breathing technique is essential to getting healthy lungs back. Practice deep breathing exercises whenever you’d normally have a cigarette, or several times a day.

With other methods, quitting smoking is hard, but with hypnosis and the true want to be a nonsmoker, it is possible after just one session.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

5 Ways to Quit Smoking

5 Ways to Quit Smoking Hypnosis

5 Ways to Quit Smoking – Check the 5th way – Hypnosis

Making the decision to quit smoking is the first and most important step in quitting smoking. Some people can go cold turkey and not feel too many side effects.  This is often due to the fact they have made the conscious decision to stop smoking. However, most people feel extreme stress and sometimes anxiety when they try to quit.  This is due to the act that they are going against their unconscious mind to do something that has been doing it for so long. It is now a habit.

What are the 5 Ways to Quit smoking

1. Make a Plan and be Committed

Have you ever been on a holiday to say for example Fiji, made the decision and all of a sudden you were there. Now that doesn’t seem feasible does it. So planning is very important and is like most things. There needs to be a plan of how you are going to do it. Then there needs to be the date. This is usually followed by doing the research and finding out the best options.

2. How are you Going to Avoid those Cravings

Be prepared for the cravings and the discomfort of quitting. What can you do to avoid it? People often find that keeping themselves busy is a good start. Think about all the times you smoke eg, when you are bored, filling in time when you have nothing to do, after meals. So give some conscious thought about these times.

However the best way to do that is to make a list in one column of the times you smoke. Then in the right column list down what you can do instead. Keep adding to this list.

Start to affect change in your mind. Stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself smoking and see how ridiculous it looks allowing a little white object to control you so strongly.

Another thing you can do is save all your butts in a jar and every now and then open it and smell it and see how repulsive it is.

3. Avoid Those Times or Places When You Smoke

Perhaps you are smoking more frequently when you are with certain people or places. If it is with certain people, let those people know what you are doing. They will understand you will not be seeing them for awhile.

If it is certain places, then possibly the best thing you can do is stay away for a few weeks until you are well on your way or more comfortable with being a non smoker

4. Stay Positive and Seek Help

Sometimes it is a good idea to share with people your goal to become a non smoker. However on the other hand it can also work against you as they persist on asking you how you are going. Sometimes that in itself can be extremely annoying and enough to make you want to give up. Of course All you need is for someone to sympathise with you and that in itself can be a trigger.

5. Hypnosis

Would you like to quit without worrying about the cravings and other effects mentioned above. Well now you can, with hypnosis. With just one easy 2 hour session you can walk in as a smoker and out as a non smoker. The only thing that is required of you is the “want”. Hypnosis will not work for people unless they have the desire to quit. They cannot quit for someone else, it must be for themselves. People often make the comment that it is like magic. So easy and relaxing.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

Businesswoman, now a non smoker and watching her weight

One of the many reasons smokers cling to their habit is because they believe that it is the perfect form of weight control. Unfortunately, this belief is not based in myth, but grounded in reality: smoking does cause weight loss.

How Does Smoking Help to Lose Weight

Nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant thus causing smokers to eat less. Additionally, cigarettes boost the body’s metabolic rate. Indeed, researchers estimate that smoker’s lose an extra 250 calories a day from the side effect of smoking alone.

The fact that smoking makes weight control easier is particularly problematic because it gives smokers an excuse to keep indulging in their toxic tobacco habit. Many smokers live in a world of denial, enjoying the short-term weight loss benefits of cigarettes without thinking about the long-term health damages of tobacco.

The cigarettes lead to weight loss dilemma which highlights the importance of smoking cessation assistance. Quitting smoking is not just a matter of getting rid of cigarettes. It requires a total lifestyle change. Smoking is a psycho-social habit, and along with the need for re-shaping attitudes towards cigarettes, people who quit smoking are also in need of re-shaping their approach to health and physical fitness.

Weight Gain is Not Always Associated with Quitting Smoking 

Quitting smoking does not equate to weight gain if the quitter in question is willing to create a balanced diet and exercise plan. This does not need to be complicated or difficult. Instead, people need to understand that weight management is basically built around the certain principles.

Stay Health and Eat super foods

Super foods include green vegetables, colorful vegetables, Omega-3 fatty fishes, lean proteins, legumes, brown rice, spices, herbs nuts and fruits. A diet fortified in these foods will keep a person’s body going strong (and will also mitigate the harmful effects of tobacco smoke) by way of a diversity of nutrients and antioxidants. Conversely, when people eat diets heavy in starches, processed junk food, sugar and unhealthy fats, weight gain becomes a major problem—with or without cigarettes.

Stay Healthy with Exercise

The second key principle of weight management is exercise. The body needs regular cardio activity such as walking, swimming, running, aerobics or cycling in order to keep the metabolism running, the muscles growing; exercise is also a weapon against mood disorders. Around Day 4 when the energy kicks, most people are greatly motivated to exercise.

Why do People Gain Weight When they Quit Smoking

When that energy kicks in on day 4, there are some people who ignore this burst of energy and they are the ones who put on weight. Add to that the fact they are probably not eating healthy and are more inclined to eat high levels of processed food.  When a person quits smoking they are certainly hungry as the body is craving healthy food.

How to Quit Smoking and Not Gain Weight

When the weight management pillars of super foods and exercise are combined, they keep the body in its optimal state. What many smokers who use cigarettes as a means of weight management don’t want to admit is that they don’t want to go through with creating a fully healthy lifestyle—that takes time and effort. It is easier to puff on a cigarette and keep eating unhealthy foods than it is to give up the habit and learn how to eat and exercise right. But this is a fatal excuse—habitual smoking can only lead to severe medical problems and even death. If people want to quit smoking and manage their weight, then they need to be ready to make the commitment to move their bodies and eat the right foods, In other words, they need to make the choice that is healthiest for their mind, body and spirit.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me

If you are seeking help or experiencing the frustration of being a smoker, then reach out and make contact. The Hypnotherapist Maureen Hamilton says her greatest love is to see just one more person being taken from the crutches of the cigarette companies and being free of this killing habit. You are also given a Lifetime Guarantee. This means if you ever smoke again, you can come back for another session and there is no charge to you. Maureen can be contacted on 1300 619 684 or alternatively you can make your booking online and set your date to become a non smoker for life and in only one easy session.

Help! Cigarettes Are Controlling My Life—And I Hate It!

Are Cigarettes Controlling you?

Do you have the feeling that cigarettes are controlling your life? Do you wake up every morning and your first thought is—‘I need a smoke’?

Well you don’t have to live this way. Many people do not realize that the smoking ball is in their court, so to speak; that is, quitting smoking is entirely up to you and you have the power to take back control of your life.

Is Smoking an Addiction

While smoking is typically promoted as being a physical addiction, in truth, it is a psychosocial habit. This means that the reason you smoke is because cigarettes fulfill an emotional and relational need(s). For instance, you smoke because you feel more comfortable at a party or because you think it relieves your stress after a long day of work. Thus, you begin to associate positive emotions and beliefs with cigarettes—and unless you address them, cigarettes will maintain their power over you.

But if you have had it with cigarettes holding court in your life, then you are in luck: you can get your life back. And all by using the power of your mind.

Our thoughts—and beliefs—create our reality. This is the concept underlying hypnosis, quit smoking hypnosis included. Quit smoking hypnosis can help you get your thoughts and beliefs back under your control so that you can shape the reality that you want. And the reality that you want is to be smoke-free.

What is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

Hypnosis can help you identify the thoughts and beliefs that keep you smoking—and then a hypnotherapist will guide you through suggestions that cause you to change your thoughts and beliefs with respect to cigarettes.  Once you have created new thoughts and beliefs about cigarettes, you can begin to be smoke-free. And if you use the method promoted by, you can be free from your cigarette prison in only 60 minutes, which may be hard for you to believe—but it is guaranteed.

Feeling Trapped with Cigarettes

Nobody likes to feel trapped under someone’s—or something’s—thumb. If you want to be the leader of your life again, then you have the power to do so. You don’t have to be a slave to cigarettes anymore—with quit smoking hypnosis, you can take your life—and your health—into your own hands.

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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.


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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Why Hasn’t the Government Banned Cigarettes?

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The fact that smoking is deadly is no secret. It has become such widespread knowledge that it is now a platitude repeated over and over again in schools, at the doctor’s office, and even on TV. Yet as self-evident as the dangers of smoking are, cigarettes are still as easy to get as a bottle of water. So the nagging question remains: why don’t government simply ban recreational tobacco use? It seems like a simple question, but the answer is conversely complex.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons governments turn a blind eye to the possibility of banning cigarettes in order to better understand the polemics surrounding the tobacco debate.

Free will. This is a concept that is a major driving force behind the tobacco debate and it shows up on both sides of the aisle. Those of us who know that smoking is a habit believe in free will; we believe that smoking is a choice and that each person has the power to make the healthier choice: to quit smoking. On the other hand, those of us who promote tobacco believe that each person has the free choice to do whatever he or she wants with his or her body. However, the problem with the pro-tobacco use of free will is that it has no limits—at what point do you say that an individual does not have the right to do whatever he or she wants with his or her body (or to the bodies of others). It is faulty reasoning that leads down the dangerous path of justifying poor and unhealthy choices. Conversely, the conception of free will held by anti-smoking advocates is not about allowing everything, but about exercising good judgment: anti-smoking free will is about enabling and empowering people to make healthy choices and helping them feel responsible enough to do so. You may be wondering what all of this has to do with governments completely banning tobacco, but it read on and you will see that misusing the concept of free will has everything to do with the continued presence of cigarettes on the market.

One reason that tobacco has survived on the market as long as it has is because government officials fear that impinging on people’s free will by banning cigarettes will do nothing but lead to black markets and backlashes like those that often accompany controlled substance prohibitions. Government officials often claim that they can at least keep smokers safer by regulating the industry and circumventing the crime and violence associated with black market activities. They claim they don’t want to control people too much—they want them to be allowed to exercise their free will. If this was really governments’ motive behind keeping tobacco legal, then it would be a good argument worth pondering. Unfortunately, governments use the “we-don’t-want-to-impinge-upon-free-will-because-of-black-markets” argument as a smoke screen to blind the public the real reason why cigarettes haven’t been outlawed: money.

The United States’ Office on Smoking and Health, a branch of the Center for Disease Control, reports that the American government makes rakes in almost 6 billion dollars a year in tax revenue from cigarettes. According to Tobacco in Australia, revenue generated from taxing tobacco exceeds 6 billion AUD a year. So let’s be blunt: tobacco is a cash cow for governments. They may appeal to some kind of morality about free will and fear of black markets when they publicly discuss why they don’t outright outlaw tobacco, but the truth is that they need the money they get from taxing Big Tobacco. Plain and simple.

Now, don’t read any of this the wrong way. If tobacco was outlawed tomorrow, then you bet your bottom dollar there would be a black market for it just as there is for all illegal substances. And the fact that people can make choices and control their own lives is vital to the health of humans and the democratic system. However, with respect to the tobacco debate, it is time to start seeing clearly the fact that governments and Big Tobacco are Big Allies. Governments should exist to serve and protect their citizens, watching out for their best interests and keeping them safe from harm. As overly idealistic as it sounds, that is there job and with respect to smoking it seems that they are prioritizing money over lives, a situation that time and time again proves fatal not only to individuals, but also to societies. It is time for governments to take a stronger stand against Big Tobacco and start prioritizing health over profit. Whether or not that will ever happen, however, is another story for another day.