Smokers, have you finally decided to stop?

You already know smoking is bad for you so I don’t have to tell you that cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. And that each year, smoking causes approximately 400,000 deaths in the United States or that smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. And you may already know that according to the CDC and the National Cancer Institute, cigarette smoking increases your risk for developing and dying from several diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and lung diseases and that for every one person who dies from smoking, there are 20 people who have smoking-caused disease and disability.

OK, so smoking is bad because of all the tar and the 43 known carcinogens and all that other toxic stuff, but with the new e-cigarette, all you get is the nicotine, and that’s what you really want, right? So, what about nicotine?

Here’s a little quiz:

Which of the following poisons is the most deadly?

1. Arsenic
2. Strychnine
3. Nicotine

If you guessed # 3, you are correct. The lethal dosage for a 150 pound adult is 60 mg. The lethal dosage for # 2 is 75 mg and the lethal dosage for # 1 is 200 mg. In other words, nicotine is three times as toxic as arsenic and one and one half times as toxic as strychnine. (source: Poisoning/Toxicology, Third Edition, Jay M. Arena, B.S., M.D.)

Nicotine is a poisonous alkaloid and at high dosages has been used in everything from insecticides to darts designed to bring down elephants.

According to the PBS program NOVA, most cigarettes for sale in the U.S. today contain 10 milligrams or more of nicotine.

You probably already know all this. And you probably know that within 20 minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet will all return to normal. And in 8 hours the remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.25% reduction. After 12 hours your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal. And that 72 hours, just three days, after that last cigarette your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine.

So you know all this but did you know you can get 100% reimbursement for your Smoking Cessation Hypnotherapy Programs with an I.R.S. Tax Credit! Yes, that’s right because Tax laws passed for 2003 onwards mean you can get a tax credit that reimburses you 100% for money paid for smoking programs. Talk to your tax accountant for more details.

So, you might ask, “Can I really stop smoking, not just quit but really STOP?” Yes, you can, and very quickly. Enter Hypnosis, and NLP.  The American Medical Association in 1958 recognized hypnosis and hypnotherapy as a viable scientific modality, and a useful and powerful complimentary therapy.

And in 1962 the American Psychiatric Association recognized that hypnosis was a viable modality for effective change.
Most people who undergo hypnotherapy for smoking cessation will walk away smoke free, a totally tolerant non-smoker. It may take one session or it may take several depending on certain factors, the most important being that you want to stop and you’re doing it for yourself and not because someone else wants you to stop smoking. So, stop smoking, breathe deep and enjoy life.