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Stop Smoking

Why Should I Stop Smoking?

Because it is your life, this is the real thing and is not a preparation for anything else. If you get this aspect of your life wrong, then the consequences are serious, not just for yourself but also for your family , friends and colleagues. For many years now, research has conclusively been showing that smoking cigarettes is not only a danger to your health but a threat to life itself. Think about your own personal circle of friends and family and most likely there will be smoking casualties amongst them.

Did you know that tobacco is an addiction just like other addictions? If not and if Stopping Smoking is not seen as being as serious an addiction as heroin or cocaine then it can be difficult to break free of the addictive cycle and lifestyle. An article in a recent medical journal pointed out that when a heroin addict injects themselves with his drug of choice the heroin reaches the users brain in around 20 seconds. However when a smoker inhales tobacco smoke, the nicotine reaches the brain in 15 seconds, this shows that smoking is a powerful addiction and one that will only be broken when the user is aware of the depth of the problem?

HYPNOTHERAPY is a useful tool for breaking addictive cycles and getting the user back to a more healthy lifestyle.

How Much Do You Spend a Week on Cigarettes?

If you saved this money for a year or for five or even for ten years how much could you put away in the bank and what might you do with that?

For more information on stopping smoking please click here to visit NHS Smoke free here.

  • Twenty minutes after the last cigarette is smoked, the pulse rate normalises.
  • Eight hours later, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by upwards of 50% and oxygen levels normalise
  • Forty eight hours later carbon monoxide will be gone from the body and the lungs will begin to clear out mucus and the various toxins connected to smoking.
  • By seventy two hours later, breathing will start to become easier as the bronchial tubes begin to relax and as energy levels go up.
  • By two to twelve weeks later, circulation will be improving.
  • Three to nine months later, coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
  • One year later, the risk of heart attack is down to that of 50% of the risk faced by a habitual smoker.
  • By ten years later, the lung cancer risk is down to half that of a fully addicted regular smoker.

Group/Corporate Stopping Smoking Sessions

With somewhere in the region of 1.01 billion people worldwide involved in the tobacco smoking habit, the more cessation strategies that we can put in place to reduce the effects of this health scourge the better. Here at the Complementary Medicine Centre based in Glasgow's leafy Park Area, Our successful stop smoking regime is usually a one on one dynamic process with one client at a time in session with our Hypnotherapist Mr. Brian Fleming.

However, because group and corporate entities can have different needs and requirements from those of individual smokers, we can now offer a stopping smoking programme where up to eight people can be stopping simultaneously. At a time of declining productivity and increasing workforce sick-days in the U.K., it is obvious that a smoke free or smoking reduced workforce will be a healthier and more productive workforce. We have probably all seen in the media that certain employers in Japan are rewarding their non-smoking workers with extra annual holiday days, these employers having recognised that workers who are not stopping for regular cigarette breaks are able to do more work and be more productive. Because these non-smoking employees also enjoy better overall health than their smoking colleagues, it is seen as being to the employer's advantage to have a non-smoking workforce. In order to help your company or group achieve a smoke free workplace and workforce, here at the Complementary Medicine Centre we are at your disposal. For details of availability and costs of GROUP/CORPORATE stopping smoking programmes which can be tailored to your individual needs and can be held at either your premises or ours, Just get in touch.

Smoking & its Damaging Effect on DNA

A Recent article published in the journal Science, describes a study carried out by a international group of scientists coming from The Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire and the Los Alamos national Laboratory in New Mexico USA. This study demonstrated that cigarette smoking leaves a 'definite record of the hundreds of DNA mutations caused by cigarette smoking'.

Against the background of 35,000 deaths per year from lung cancer in the U.K, out of which, nine of every ten deaths could be prevented, the researchers found that smoking leaves a definite record of the hundreds of DNA which smoking damages. After having sequenced thousands of tumour genomes, the researchers concluded that a twenty a day smoker would rack up an average of 150 mutation in every lung cell each year. Of these significant lung cell mutations it was found that on average:

  • 97 were likely to affect the larynx
  • 23 the mouth
  • 18 the bladder
  • 6 the liver

So to Cut the Damage, Cut the Smoking

These findings give us some idea of where cancers are most likely to develop in smokers. Dr. David Gilligan, Consultant oncologist at Papworth hospital said that 'For every 150 mutations in the cell per year, that is 150 opportunities for cancer to develop . This study has concluded that 'Cigarette smoke is a poisonous mixture of substances, including ammonia, the bleach in toilet cleaners, acetone the chemical in nail polish remover, benzene as found in paint stripper, as well as hydrogen cyanide used in rat poison.

The joint leader of this research team was Professor Sir Mike Stratton of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute who commented that 'The more mutations there are, the higher the chance that these will occur in key genes that we call cancer genes , which convert a normal cell into a cancer cell.'