Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Stop killing yourself with cigarettes - YouTube

Stop killing yourself with cigarettes.

Cigarettes are filled with poisonous toxic chemicals that will take years off your life.

Take the step towards changing your life now with the decision to stop smoking.

Here is a Dutch anti-smoking commercial

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Quiz: Why Do You Smoke?

Circle the appropriate number:
1.a.) I smoke when I need a pickup. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke to keep from slowing down. 1 2 3 4

2.a.) I smoke for the pleasure of it. 1 2 3 4
b.) I like to light up when I am comfortable
and relaxed. 1 2 3 4

3.a.) I smoke when I’m angry. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I’m anxious. 1 2 3 4
c.) I smoke when I’m tense. 1 2 3 4
d.) I smoke when I’m depressed. 1 2 3 4

4.a.) I get anxious when I think I might run out
of cigarettes. 1 2 3 4
b.) I get anxious if I must go someplace where I
will not be able to smoke when I really want to. 1 2 3 4

5.a.) I smoke a cigarette within thirty minutes of
getting up in the morning. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I’m not feeling well. 1 2 3 4
c.) I smoke a pack or more a day. 1 2 3 4
6.a.) Sometimes I smoke just to keep my hands busy. 1 2 3 4
b.) I smoke when I get bored. 1 2 3 4

A high ranking in one or both the questions in group one (1) indicates that you use cigarettes for stimulation or extra energy. You might smoke to help to stay awake or for a boost of energy to complete a task. You may use them when your body says it needs rest, but you have work to accomplish.

A high rating in group two (2) indicates that you use smoking to help you to relax, whether it is physical, mental, or both. You may use cigarettes during breaks at work, after you have completed a difficult job, or when you have that cup of coffee or alcoholic beverage.

High scores in group three (3) indicates that you use smoking to deal with negative effects in your life. Smoking gives you a lift when you become angry, depressed, tense or anxious.

The questions in group four (4) reflect your psychological dependencies. You are concerned that you will run out of cigarettes before it happens and way before you have any nicotine deprivation.

Group five (5) suggests that you have a chemical dependency. If each of your answers was high in this group, it means that without an occasional smoke, you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and occasionally fell a little uncomfortable.

Group six (6) tells us that you use smoking to have something to do with your hands when you are nervous or uncomfortable, maybe in social situations, or something to do when you are bored.

The different categories of questions in the quiz give a great variety of reasons why people with different needs smoke. Nicotine is an extremely powerful drug! It is more addictive than heroin or cocaine. If you read the papers you know cigarette manufacturers manipulate the amount of nicotine in their cigarettes to provide a consistent flavor and also to insure that you get the same dose with each cigarette you light up.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Great American Smokeout 2007

On Thursday, November 15th, 2007 the American Cancer Society celebrated the 31st anniversary of the “Great American Smokeout”. The following is an excerpt taken from the American Cancer Society website which explains how the “Smokeout” came to be:

"The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout grew out of a 1971 event in Randolph, Mass., in which Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. In 1974, Lynn R. Smith, editor of the Monticello Times in Minnesota, spearheaded the state’s first D-Day, or Don’t Smoke Day. The idea caught on, and on Nov. 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society succeeded in getting nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Great American Smokeout, which went nationwide the next year."

Sorry, I did not find out about this campaign before 15 November but still, it is never too late to stop smoking. Choose another day to start your "new beginning". Incidentally, the International World No Smoking Day is every year on 31 May.

Choose a day to put down your cigarettes for good. I encourage you to use your day as a new beginning, a fresh start to a life without cigarettes. A life where you can breathe easier and give your family and friends a chance to breathe easier as well. Respect you body that day and pass on the cigarettes. I know it won’t be easy but I’m certain you’ve faced harder challenges in life before. The American Cancer Society sponsors programs designed to help you quit and there are lots of other programs as well.

Take the Great American Smokeout challenge

I found this on a blog,
"This past August, I celebrated my 4th anniversary since I smoked my last cigarette. I used hypnosis to help me quit smoking. That’s really the whole reason behind this website! I had tried to quit before, but using hypnosis was different. I never dreamed I could go from a smoker to a non-smoker that quick & that easy. Sure I had a great desire to quit and high expectations for hypnosis, but in the back of my mind, I still wondered if it would really work? Well it did work and I’m living proof of it. And if I didn’t think it could help others, I wouldn’t waste my time singing the praises of hypnosis & self hypnosis! If you have that desire to quit, to breathe fresh clean air and get your life back on a healthy track, then I know that hypnosis could be the answer you’ve been looking for."

If the idea of using self hypnosis in the comfort of your own home appeals to you, I encourage you to look at the hypnosis MP3 downloads which have been recorded by expert hypnotherapists. For the cost of a few packets of cigarettes, you can be free of the addiction forever.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Use your own Subconscious Mind to Become a Non-smoker

Many people started smoking as teenager, thinking it made them look cool, big or more grown-up. Sadly, it just showed them to be sheep, following a crowd, or worse, lemmings who throw themselves over a cliff.

Why would anyone want to start a habit which is harmful to the self as well as those around? Why would anyone want to become a slave to a weed and breathe in poisonous substances every day? Why waste money when there are so many better options for spending?

Of course, smokers always say they are not addicted and could give up anytime but is that true? If it is, why do so many people need the help of alternative therapists, nicotine replacement therapy, books, anti-addiction courses, this blog?

The truth is that smokers are addicts. They say that smoking relieves stress. That is true – the stress of having to feed an addiction. Millions of other people cope perfectly well with daily stresses without ever reaching for a smoke. Cigarettes are not your friend. They are parasitical cancer sticks which want to kill you.

The good news is that nicotine addiction is about 20% physiological and 80% psychological. That means that just as you thought about becoming a smoker, so you can think your way out of the habit – with a little help.

Very few people have the willpower to stop a negative habit, particularly one involving a drug, without help. That is why so many people admit themselves to drug rehabilitation centres. But you can become a non-smoker when you truly think of yourself as a non-smoker. You learnt how to become a smoker and now you can learn how to become a non-smoker using the power of your own subconscious mind.

Downloading a hypnosis MP3 is the quickest way to become a non-smoker in a relaxing way in the comfort of your own home. The quit smoking hypnosis MP3 download costs just $29.95, about £13.95

© Antonia Stuart-James 2007. This English Hypnotherapist in Belgium helps people to make positive change such as quit smoking, improve confidence, overcome fears and improve sports performance.