How to finally succeed with quitting smoking

Let’s say you have decided to quit Smoking once and for all. Now how many times have you been at this point before? Too many to remember right?

When you’ve tried and failed so many times before you are bound to have a few doubts about your ability to be successful  and are probably half expecting to fail once again and so you  only go into it half hearted and maybe you are not  sure if it is even worth bothering to try yet again.

Stop right there!

To begin with you have to put all the other failed attempts behind you and remember that failures are actually useful too, in that they teach you what doesn’t work for you, they are just like practicing something to get it right.

You need to go into this fresh, with the attitude that this is the time you will succeed and all those other practice attempts have been preparing you for the success you are going to have this time. Remember practice makes perfect, so now prepare to surprise yourself and succeed in becoming a Non-smoker.

Now the first thing you need to do is decide that you are ready to quit. Then try to think of any reasons that you think would prevent you from being successful and accept those things as a challenge, not a threat to your success. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Then you need to think about all the things that will be better once you are a non-smoker eg Better health ( 15,000 people die every year in Australia alone from smoking related diseases),

Being able to breath more easily, not getting puffed when you walk up hills or stairs,

more money in you pocket( the average pack a day smoker spends around $6500 every year on cigarettes) won’t it be nice to have that extra money in your pocket (Think of what you could do with that money it would cover a very nice holiday every single year that you don’t smoke).

No longer a slave to that dirty filthy habit, no longer having to smell like stale cigarette smoke and being able to be a better example to your children or grandchildren and be around for them for many years to come.

Now the next thing you need to do is acknowledge that it might take you a while to get used to being a non-smoker after all it has been normal for you to smoke for many years and any change takes a bit of time to adjust to, but you will adjust if you persevere with your desire to be a non-smoker.

When you use my system to quit smoking you will find that even if you do have a craving it only lasts about 30 seconds and will pass. It only gains strength when you dwell on it, the craving is only like an idea that pops into your head and is then replaced by the next idea and forgotten. So if you can distract yourself from the cravings if they pop into your head they will pass quickly without incident. The hypnotherapy helps you to ignore  cravings should you have any so much more easily so that they are only a minor distraction and pass ever so quickly, with a minimum of fuss and you will find that you are so much more calm and relaxed and are actually able to really enjoy becoming a non-smoker.

Then it is important to be prepared for any stress that you might experience due to withdrawal symptoms from the nicotine leaving your body so drink plenty of water over the first few days to flush the nicotine out of your body as quickly as possible. Do something to relax several times a day, practice some relaxation and remember to take some deep breaths to replace the breathing you do when you smoke. remember cigarettes are a stimulant they don’t relax you but the way you breathe does so remember to take some nice big deep breaths when ever you feel like a cigarette.

Remember using hypnotherapy to quit smoking is a very pleasant way to rid yourself of this dirty filthy addictive habit it alleviates the withdrawal symptoms and helps you get through those tough times more easily so you can remain a non-smoker and helps to keep you from replacing cigarettes with food or other bad habits.

Good luck with your endeavour to become a non-smoker and if you are ready to do something about it now contact me on 02 65823041    or email:  elizabeth_bullock_hypnotherapist@hotmail.com  or elizabeth@elizabethbullock.com.au

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World No Tobacco Day 31st May

Theme: Tobacco industry interference

 The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen  “tobacco industry interference” as the theme of the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Thursday, 31 May 2012.

Their campaign will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health. http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2012/announcement/en/index.html

I applaud the work of the WHO for their continued work in trying to curb smoking and exposing Tobacco companies.

Tobacco continues to be a major cause for death and illness throughout the world and yet cigarettes are still sold over the counter at every corner store, supermarket and petrol station  to name a few of the places they are available.

There are many less dangerous products that are not available without a prescription, why are cigarettes not sold by prescription only ? At least that way children would not be able to start smoking so easily in the first place and only those who really wanted to go to the trouble of smoking would continue, most other smokers would make more of an effort to quit. Especially if they had to be registered as a smoker / drug user in order to get your prescription for cigarettes.

With world no tobacco day on 31st May 2012 lets hope more people get wise to the damage caused by smoking and choose to become and remain Non-smokers.

A pack a day smoker spends around $6,500 to$7000 every year at todays  prices, this adds up over the life of smoker to a substantial amount of money going up in smoke if they continued to smoke for the next ten years even if cigarettes didn’t go up in price they would be spending $65000.00 to $70000.00 they might as well just roll up a hundred dollar note or two every week and smoke it. Maybe that would be less damaging to their health?

Why not start saving your money and your health and consider quitting today while you still have a chance.



 

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Les Bullock Passes away

It saddens me to post this blog but I know that many peoples lives were touched by my father Les Bullock who passed away on Friday 14th May 2010 aged 84 years.  Les was undoubtedly Australias’ best known and most respected Hypnotherapist. He was particularly known for helping many thousands of people quit smoking from his home and office in Manly, Sydney.

Les was still seeing clients every week and it came as  a terrible shock to his family and many friends that he had passed away so unexpectantly.

I am sure that Les will remain in the hearts and minds of everyone who has known him.

I hope I can continue to do justice to the Bullock name in the Hypnotherapy world.

Dad Rest in Peace you served us well.

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Third-hand Tobacco Smoke Causes Cancer, Study Shows

BERKELEY, California, February 9, 2010 (ENS) – That stale cigarette smoke smell in hotel rooms and bars is more than annoying – it could be hazardous to your health, according to new research from a team led by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Infants and toddlers are at greatest risk, the study reveals.

Nicotine in third-hand smoke, the residue from tobacco smoke that clings to surfaces long after a cigarette has been extinguished, reacts with the common indoor air pollutant nitrous acid to produce dangerous carcinogens, the study shows.

“The burning of tobacco releases nicotine in the form of a vapor that adsorbs strongly onto indoor surfaces, such as walls, floors, carpeting, drapes and furniture. Nicotine can persist on those materials for days, weeks and even months,” says Hugo Destaillats, a chemist with the Indoor Environment Department of Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division.

Coffee and cigarettes (Photo by Laura Domenico)

“Our study shows that when this residual nicotine reacts with ambient nitrous acid it forms carcinogenic tobacco-specific nitrosamines or TSNAs,” said Destaillats. “TSNAs are among the most broadly acting and potent carcinogens present in unburned tobacco and tobacco smoke.”

“We know that these residual levels of nicotine may build up over time after several smoking cycles, and we know that through the process of aging, third-hand smoke can become more toxic over time,” says Destaillats.

The authors say theirs is the first study to quantify the reactions of third-hand smoke with nitrous acid.

In their lab tests, levels of newly formed TSNAs detected on cellulose surfaces were 10 times higher than those originally present in the sample after exposure for three hours to what they authors call a “high but reasonable” concentration of nitrous acid, 60 parts per billion by volume.

“Time-course measurements revealed fast TSNA formation, up to 0.4 percent conversion of nicotine within the first hour,” says lead author Mohamad Sleiman of Berkeley Lab’s Indoor Environment Department.

“Given the rapid sorption and persistence of high levels of nicotine on indoor surfaces, including clothing and human skin, our findings indicate that third-hand smoke represents an unappreciated health hazard through dermal exposure, dust inhalation and ingestion,” Sleiman said.

Scientists Lara Gundel and Hugo Destaillats at the Berkeley Lab’s Indoor Environment Department (Photo courtesy LLBL)

Since the most likely human exposure to these TSNAs is through either inhalation of dust or the contact of skin with carpet or clothes, third-hand smoke would seem to pose the greatest hazard to infants and toddlers.

The study’s findings indicate that opening a window or using a fan to ventilate the room while a cigarette burns does not eliminate the hazard of third-hand smoke. Smoking outdoors is not much of an improvement, as co-author Lara Gundel explains.

“Smoking outside is better than smoking indoors but nicotine residues will stick to a smoker’s skin and clothing,” she says. “Those residues follow a smoker back inside and get spread everywhere. The biggest risk is to young children. Dermal uptake of the nicotine through a child’s skin is likely to occur when the smoker returns and if nitrous acid is in the air, which it usually is, then TSNAs will be formed.”

Unvented gas appliances are the main source of nitrous acid indoors. Since most vehicle engines emit some nitrous acid that can infiltrate the passenger compartments, tests were also conducted on surfaces inside the truck of a heavy smoker, including the surface of a stainless steel glove compartment. These measurements also showed substantial levels of TSNAs.

In both cases, one of the major products found was a TSNA that is absent in freshly emitted tobacco smoke – the nitrosamine known as NNA. The potent carcinogens NNN and NNK were also formed in this reaction.

“Whereas the sidestream smoke of one cigarette contains at least 100 nanograms equivalent total TSNAs, our results indicate that several hundred nanograms per square meter of nitrosamines may be formed on indoor surfaces in the presence of nitrous acid,” said Sleiman.

Toxics remain long after cigarettes are extinguished. (Photo by Paul Douglas)

“Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco smoke, has until now been considered to be non-toxic in the strictest sense of the term,” says Kamlesh Asotra of the University of California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, which funded this study. “What we see in this study is that the reactions of residual nicotine with nitrous acid at surface interfaces are a potential cancer hazard, and these results may be just the tip of the iceberg.”

The dangers of mainstream and second-hand tobacco smoke have been well documented as a cause of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke, pulmonary disease and birth defects. But the threat posed by third-hand smoke has not been well understood.

The term third-hand smoke was coined in a study that appeared in the January 2009 edition of the journal “Pediatrics,” in which it was reported that only 65 percent of non-smokers and 43 percent of smokers surveyed agreed with the statement that “Breathing air in a room today where people smoked yesterday can harm the health of infants and children.”

Co-author James Pankow points out that the results of this study should raise concerns about the purported safety of electronic cigarettes, also called e-cigarettes.

Electronic cigarettes claim to provide the smoking experience, but without the risks of cancer. A battery-powered vaporizer inside the tube of a plastic cigarette turns a solution of nicotine into a smoky mist that can be inhaled and exhaled like tobacco smoke. Since no flame is required to ignite the e-cigarette and there is no tobacco or combustion, e-cigarettes are not restricted by anti-smoking laws.

The study, “Formation of carcinogens indoors by surface-mediated reactions of nicotine with nitrous acid, leading to potential third-hand smoke hazards.” is published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Co-authoring the PNAS paper with Destaillats, Sleiman, and Gundel is Brett Singer, also with Berkeley Lab’s Indoor Environment Department, plus James Pankow with Portland State University, and Peyton Jacob with the University of California, San Francisco.

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How does it feel to be hypnotised?

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the art of using the state of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of concentration with physical and mental relaxation very similar to a day dream. When the Hypnotic state is induced suggestions can be given to make improvements to thinking and behavior removing negative ideas to bring about positive changes in a calm relaxing way.
How does it feel to be hypnotised?

You may be wondering how it feels to be hypnotised…..Hypnotherapy is a very pleasantly relaxed state of altered consciousness much like a daydream. My therapy is suggestion driven you are not asleep just very relaxed, when in the state of hypnosis positive suggestions are given into your subconscious to help you make changes to your behaviour so you can quit  addictions or habits  such as Smoking, Gambling, Alcohol or many other addictions or alter other things in your life that you want to improve such as eating better or exercising more.

During hypnosis you are very aware and hear what is being said to you during the session, you may notice a few sensations such as numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, you may feel heaviness in your arms or legs as your muscles relax, you may see colours like yellow or blue or purple or you may notice a very pleasant floating sensation, even though you know you are sitting in the chair but you feel as though you are floating above the chair it is a very pleasant feeling. Other than those sensations you won’t feel anything strange,  you just feel relaxed and calm.

You naturally go into an hypnoidal state as you go off to sleep each night, you may  remember sometimes drifting off to sleep  and then dreaming that you are slipping or falling and you wake yourself up with a jump or you kick your legs out. This happens when the change over from the hypnoidal state to  the sleep state is too quick it is due to a change in the brain waves as you drift off to sleep.

With Hypnosis the idea is to keep you in the hypnotic state rather than having you go off to sleep, you are much more receptive to suggestion in the hypnotic state.

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Gambling housewives out of control on Poker Machines spending 10 million each month

With the news about bored Melbourne housewives turning to gambling and spending  a combined 10 million dollars each month on Poker machines it seems the world really is going crazy.  Can you imagine what else they could do with the money and the time they are throwing away. Everyone knows the odds of winning on Poker Machines are ridiculous and yet people continue to chase their losses by continuing to gamble. The only way to win with Poker Machines is to stop playing them.  Poker machines are playing you and taking your money not the other way around.

If you are at a point in your life where you are ready to admit that you have a problem which is controlling your life and you are serious about getting back in control you should consider hypnotherapy.

It is very successful in helping the problem gambler to quit but they must be serious about quitting.

If you would like to know if hypnotherapy can help you or someone you know please contact me and I am happy to discuss your options.

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