There is no doubt that smoking kills.
The annual global death toll as a result of tobacco is currently six million people, 1 that is currently one person dying every six seconds as a result of tobacco, and contributes to most cancers including lip, mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, stomach, liver, and cervix. This statistic caused the U.S. Surgeon General to state that: “There is no risk free exposure to tobacco smoke, and therefore no safe tobacco product” 2
The cost to people’s lives is considerable and there is little surprise that people quitting smoking is on the increase. The seemingly unscalable wall a smoker encounters when trying to quit, however, is quite simply that they find themselves unable to do so; they have become an addict! 3 This addiction happens especially quickly with children, studies in the United States have found that addiction happens very quickly; that “…adolescent smokers displayed symptoms of nicotine withdrawal within the first few weeks of commencing smoking” 4, 5
It is therefore important that an aid to quitting smoking can be offered to those that want to quit. Even though hypnotherapy can provide this aid, it is the individual themselves that must do the quitting. Hypnotherapy does not create a magic spell that does all of the hard work.
1World No Tobacco Day 2011 celebrates WHO Framework Convention On Tobacco Control. WHO
press release 31 May 2011 http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2011/en/
2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology
and Behavioural Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.
3Nicotine Addiction in Britain. A report of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians. London, RCP, 2000
4DiFranza JR Hooked from the first cigarette. Scientific American 2008; 298: 82-87
5Please see: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_107.pdf for further research about smoking.