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As well as nicotine, there are more than 4,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke, some of which are well known for their toxicity. Here are just a few:

  • Nicotine - when tobacco smoke is inhaled, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream and takes effect very quickly. Immediate physiological effects include increased heart rate and a rise in blood pressure.
  • Ammonia – also found in toilet cleaners.
  • Acetone - found in nail varnish remover.
  • Cadmium - a highly poisonous metal used in batteries.
  • Vinyl chloride - used to make PVC.
  • Napthtalene - used in moth balls.
  • Carbon monoxide – A poisonous gas that is commonly given off by exhausts and gas fires as well as cigarette smoke. In large amounts, such as from a faulty gas fire, it is rapidly fatal, while in small amounts, as when someone smokes a cigarette, it will cut down the efficiency of the smoker's breathing.
  • Tar – thick brown stuff in cigarette smoke that stains fingers and teeth a yellow-brown colour and which deposits in a smoker’s lungs, clogging them up.
  • Cyanide – a lethal gas used in World War 2 gas chambers.
  • Formaldehyde - used to preserve dead bodies.
  • Arsenic - poison.

Some cigarettes include flavourings include childhood favourites such as cocoa, vanilla, liquorice, sugar and even honey.

Addiction to nicotine is usually established in young smokers within about a year of first experimenting with cigarettes.  In many cases young people become addicted the nicotine before reaching the age at which it is legal to buy cigarettes (on average at 12-13 years of age).
It takes less than one pack of cigarettes – on average just six cigarettes – to suffer withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.  In other words it takes less than one pack of cigarettes to become addicted.
Smoking causes permanent changes in brain receptors.  Once hooked, some people will have cravings for nicotine that will never completely leave them.  However, hypnotherapy, combined with other life-style change is highly successful in helping people overcome their cravings and to quit permanently.   
80 per cent of ex-smokers will return to a regular habit within one month of having just one cigarette even if they gave up years before.
People who smoke mild cigarettes (usually women) simply drag longer and harder in order to get the same amount of nicotine.  As a result they are more susceptible to peripheral lung tumours, or cancer at the edges of the lungs, and usually develop vertical pursing lines around their lips.
Only about 5 per cent of smokers seek help to quit, even though this can increase their chances of stopping long term to as much as 30 per cent at one year if they get support from a trained adviser and use medications for nicotine dependency.

 
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Smoking claims approximately 80,000 lives a year and the NHS cost for treating these people is in the region of £2.7 billion, that’s £2.7 billion of tax payers money just for a habit! (Government statistics).  However, smoking is an addiction that can be broken by using effective hypnotherapy.  If you are still undeterred then please read on.
As well as the enormous cost for this addiction, there are major health risks, which should convince you to give up your habit.  The most notable health problem associated with smoking is the high risk of contracting cancer, especially in the lungs. However, cigarettes contain a cocktail of chemicals, which can also increase your vulnerability to cancers in many other parts of your body including your throat, breasts and bowels. 
The University of Birmingham has undertaken extensive research in smoking cessation.  They found that if a person ceased smoking on diagnosis of lung cancer, they were twice as likely to survive after treatment and a 70% survival rate within five years. People who carried on smoking after diagnosis had poor chances of survival coupled with a much higher risk of developing new tumours.
Smoking also causes other chronic, and often fatal, lung conditions including emphysema, bronchitis, while increasing the risk of chest infections and associated complications such as pneumonia and pleurisy. 
Smoking causes vasoconstriction.  As well as affecting the heart, this condition means ALL organs receive a reduced blood supply.  In severe cases you may also suffer peripheral vascular disease and have to have a limb amputated.  Vasoconstriction means smokers also have a much higher risk of heart attack, strokes and a brain haemorrhage. 

Women smokers also reduce their chances of being able to conceive or may have complications during pregnancy which may harm their baby, while men increase their risk of impotence and erectile dysfunction.

Smoking also brings more visible changes.  Over time smokers have much reduced elasticity in their skin, increasing wrinkles and premature appearance of aging.  Smokers also suffer from stained teeth and halitosis.    

 

So how much does smoking cost?

Smoking is expensive.  Regular smokers typically spend over £1,000 per year on the habit.  Heavy smokers can spend £4,000 or more per year on cigarettes.  A lifetime smoker could expect to spend a staggering £160,000 on cigarettes at today’s prices (see below).


10 a day

20 a day

40 a day

1 year

£1,001

£2,002

£4,004

5 years

£5,005

£10,010

£20,020

10 years

£10.010

£20,020

£40,040

15 years

£15,015

£30,030

£60,060

20 years

£20,020

£40,040

£80,080

40 years

£40,040

£80,080

£160,160

There’s never been a better time to quit smoking.  Call today for a consultation to see how hypnotherapy can help you kick the habit for good.