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Reasons to Quit Smoking

by Bill Engle October 8th, 2013 No Comments

There are so many reasons to stop smoking right this very moment; it would make a fool of anyone that didn’t quit.  Come in to my office and let me Hypnotize you and while you are in a very relaxed state, you will convince yourself of that.  That is convince your subconscious mind…which is the little rascal that continues smoking anyway.  Bear this in mind…we are wired to go for the “pleasure” rather than the work.  So, even if you tell yourself on a conscious level that you are a permanent non-smoker; that is only about 10% effective without your subconscious mind convincing you that you really do want to smoke, after all….in fact you really need to smoke, after all.  You don’t, of course.  That is you don’t need to.  Understand this is not an addiction.  If it was, you’d wake up during the night because you couldn’t go that long without a smoke.  You might wake up…but probably because of anxiety.  A psychological reaction…then, while you’re awake..“hey, what the heck, I might as well have a cigarette.”  Pretty soon you’re subconscious mind thinks you want to wake up for a smoke and will then make that become your reality.  Our subconcious minds are in fact, little rascals even though they think they are operating in “our” best interest.. Sounds a little “Schizzo”, doesn’t it?  So, don’t put it off.  Come see me or any qualified Hypnotherapist.

If you don’t smoke, you’ll be fitter, have greater stamina and get a lot more enjoyment out of life!   I have some interesting facts gathered from various places.  If you are a smoker…or have a family member or friend that is a smoker, you might want to read on:

Read this Interesting Stop Smoking Information:

    Here are 9 reasons to stop:

  • Smoking ages the skin prematurely
  • Teeth and fingers get stained brown with nicotine
  • Makes hair clothes and breath stink
  • A typical pack a day smoker spends over $150.00 a month and nearly $2,000 a year! Imagine if someone handed you a lumpsum like that right now!!!
  • Smoking makes you 10 times more likely to die early from a major heart attack or stroke
  • 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths are as a result of smoking
  • Male smokers have a lower sperm count and more abnormal sperm than nonsmokers.
  • Female smokers have more trouble getting pregnant than nonsmokers and also have a higher rate of miscarriages during pregnancy.
  • If you smoke regularly for a long time you may get a disease called “peripheral vascular disease” this disease causes narrowing of the blood vessels which restricts blood flow to the hands and feet, leading to gangrene and the amputation of limbs.

So now that you’re ready to quit smoking. It is important, as you prepare to stop to familiarize and remind yourself of the benefits. So, what happens when you stop smoking? The longer you quit smoking; benefits like the following will outshine your previous urges.

Increased Health Benefits When You Quit Smoking
Not smoking greatly reduces your risk of lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and stroke. A common justification for smokers usually goes something like this, “Well, I’m going to die of something.” However, it’s important to understand that deaths from smoking-related illnesses can be quite prolonged and painful. Quality of life is severely diminished.

Breathe Easier without Smoking
Once you quit smoking, you’ll notice that you have a greater lung capacity. You’ll be less winded from mundane activities. Also, your airways will open up, so you’ll gain more oxygen from each breath. You be able to breath slower and deeper, which will also slow your heart rate.

It may seem obvious, but breath is central to our livelihood. It affects everything from the efficiency of a cardio workout to our moods and emotions. Having control over our breath is essential to having control over both our bodies and our minds.

Quitting Smoking Will Increase Your Energy LevelThe carbon monoxide from the smoke actually directly inhibits blood flow to the brain. Carbon monoxide is actually 230 percent more likely to attach to hemoglobin (the principal oxygen-carrying compound in blood) than oxygen.

With decreased oxygen to the brain, a person is more likely to suffer from depression and fatigue.

Free Yourself from Needless Urges and Cravings of Nicotine

Ask yourself: do I really need this useless and annoying craving for something that is harmful to me and my friends? The answer is unequivocally and resoundingly NO!

Why burden yourself with one more need, one more bad habit, and one more problem in this stressful world? Smoking doesn’t reduce stress, it causes stress. All the smokers I know, when they are low on cigarettes, become   absolutely obsessed with where they are getting their next fix.

Instead of dealing with, and relieving, the real stress in their life, they are consumed with the stress of fulfilling this one urge. And, it’s an unnecessary stress that they knowingly brought on themselves. How ridiculous!

Become More Attractive and Confident

When you quit smoking, and regain your sense of smell, you’ll notice how disgusting and unattractive you smelled when you were a smoker. Your clothes, hair, and skin will smell so much better. And, most importantly, mates, or potential mates, will more easily pick up on your pheromones. Our sense of smell is intensely linked with our sense of memory as well!

Your smile will become whiter. Your breath will be cleaner and fresher. You won’t have to worry about your smoker’s breath when you’re talking to someone.

As more information about smoking and health becomes common knowledge, less and less people are smoking. If you are a smoker, then you are unnecessarily limiting the people that can be attracted to you. Nonsmokers do NOT want to kiss a smoker. It just tastes so disgusting. And no one wants to lick an ashtray.

Quit Smoking and Save Money

This is easily one of the most important factors and benefits to quantify. If you smoke roughly one pack a day, then you can multiply the cost of that pack by 365 days. These days, a pack costs about 5 dollars. That’s $1825 a year!  Average smoker spends about $2,000.00 per year!! What if you got a $2,000 per year raise and knew it would greatly improve your health and your quality of life!!

Think of quitting smoking as a pay raise. Hey, it’s almost a dollar an hour for a full-time job! For further encouragement, put the money aside that you would have used to buy cigarettes. Use that money for something fun, and reward yourself for that hard-earned victory over your urges!


10 Overlooked Reasons to Quit Smoking
If you need more incentive to quit smoking, here are some reasons that you may not know about.

By Charlene Laino
WebMD Feature

You know smoking causes lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease, but you’re still lighting up. To help you get on the wagon, we’ve compiled a list of little known ways your life can go up in smoke if you don’t kick the habit.
From an increased risk of blindness to a faster decline in mental function, here are 10 compelling—and often surprising—reasons to stick to your commitment.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Smoking Speeds Up Mental Decline

In the elderly years, the rate of mental decline is up to five times faster in smokers than in nonsmokers, according to a study of 9,200 men and women over age 65.
Participants took standardized tests used to detect mental impairment when they entered the study and again two years later. Higher rates of mental decline were found in men and women—and in persons with or without a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers reported in the March issue of the journal Neurology.

Smoking likely puts into effect a vicious cycle of artery damage, clotting and increased risk of stroke, causing mental decline, writes researcher A. Ott, MD, a medical microbiologist with Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
The bottom line: The study provides substantial evidence that chronic tobacco use is harmful to the brain and speeds up onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Ott says.

Lupus: Smoking Raises Risk of Autoimmune Disease

Smoking cigarettes raises the risk of developing lupus—but quitting cuts that risk, an analysis of nine studies shows.
Systemic lupus erythematosus—known as lupus—is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. Although some people with lupus have mild symptoms, it can become quite severe.
For the analysis, Harvard researchers reviewed studies that examined the relationship between cigarette smoking and lupus. Among current smokers, there was “a small but significant increased risk” for the development of lupus, they report. Former smokers did not have this increased risk, according to the study, which appeared in the March issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

SIDS: Maternal Smoking Doubles Risk

Smoking increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, a European analysis shows.

The researchers compared 745 SIDS cases with more than 2,400 live babies for comparison and concluded that just under half of all deaths were attributable to infants sleeping on their stomachs or sides. Roughly 16% of SIDS deaths were linked to bed sharing, but for unknown reasons, bed sharing was particularly risky when the mother smoked. The risk was very small when mothers did not smoke during pregnancy, the researchers say.

Maternal smoking alone was associated with a doubling in SIDS risk. The risk was 17 times greater, however, for babies who bed shared and had mothers who smoked. The findings are reported in the Jan. 17 issue of The Lancet.
“The safest thing to do is to put the baby to bed on his back with no bedcovers in the same room with parents who don’t smoke,” London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine epidemiologist Robert G. Carpenter, PhD.

Colic: Smoking Makes Babies Irritable, Too

Exposure to tobacco smoke may increase babies’ risk of colic, according to a review of more than 30 studies on the topic.
Colic often starts a few weeks after birth, peaking at about 5 to 8 weeks of age. It usually goes away by 4 months of age. Babies’ symptoms include irritability, inconsolable crying, red face, clenched fists, drawn-up legs, and screaming.

Colic affects an estimated 5%-28% of babies born in Western countries. Its causes have been attributed to everything from exposure to cow’s milk proteins to feeding difficulties to maternal depression or anxiety.
Tobacco smoke appears to raise levels of a gut hormone called motilin in the blood and intestines. Motilin increases the contractions of the stomach and intestines, increasing the movement of food through the gut. “Higher-than-average motilin levels are linked to elevated risks of infantile colic,” the researchers write in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics.

An Increased Risk of Impotence

Guys concerned about their performance in the bedroom should stop lighting up, suggests a study that linked smoking to a man’s ability to get an erection. The study of nearly 5,000 Chinese men showed that men who smoked more than a pack a day were 60% more likely to suffer erectile dysfunction, compared with men who never smoked cigarettes.

Overall, 15% of past and present smokers had experienced erectile dysfunction, more commonly known as impotence. Among men who had never smoked, 12% had erection problems, according to the study, presented last year at the American Heart Association’s annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention in Miami.

Blindness: Smoking Raises Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Smokers are four times more likely to become blind because of age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked. But quitting can lower that risk, other research shows.

Age-related macular degeneration is a severe and progressive condition that results in loss of central vision. It results in blindness because of the inability to use the part of the retina that allows for ‘straight-ahead’ activities such as reading, sewing, and even driving a vehicle. While all the risk factors are not fully understood, research has pointed to smoking as one major and modifiable cause.

“More than a quarter of all cases of age-related macular degeneration with blindness or visual impairment are attributable to current or past exposure to smoking,” Simon P. Kelly, MD, an ophthalmic surgeon with Bolton Hospitals in the U.K, wrote in the March 4, 2004 issue of the BMJ. He came to his conclusion after reviewing three studies involving 12,470 patients.

But other studies show that former smokers have an only slightly increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, compared with never smokers, he writes.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Genetically Vulnerable Smokers Increase Their Risk Even More

People whose genes make them more susceptible to developing rheumatoid arthritis are even more likely to get the disease if they smoke, say Swedish researchers.
In fact, certain genetically vulnerable smokers can be nearly 16 times more likely to develop the disease than nonsmokers without the same genetic profile, according to the study in the October issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Swedish researchers asked participants about their smoking habits and screened their blood for a gene-encoding protein sequence called the shared epitope (SE), which is the major genetic risk factor currently linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Compared with people who had never smoked and lacked SE genes, current smokers with SE genes were 7.5 times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis.
Smokers with double SE genes were almost 16 times more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis, while smokers without SE genes were only 2.4 times more likely to be affected.

Snoring: Even Living With a Smoker Raises Risk

Smoking – or living with a smoker—can cause snoring, according to a study of more than 15,000 men and women.
Habitual snoring, defined as loud and disturbing snoring at least three nights per week, affected 24% of smokers, 20% of ex-smokers, and almost 14% of people who had never smoked. The more people smoked, the more frequently they snored, the researchers reported in the October issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Even nonsmokers were more likely to snore if they were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes. Almost 20% of these nonsmokers snored, compared with nearly 13% who had never been exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Acid Reflux: Heavy Smoking Linked to Heartburn

People who smoke for more than 20 years are 70% more likely to have acid reflux disease than nonsmokers, researchers reported in the November issue of the journal Gut.
Roughly one in five people suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, known medically as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
The researchers based their findings on two major public health surveys conducted in Norway in the 1980s and 1990s. Just more than 3,100 people who complained of having heartburn and 40,000 people without reflux symptoms answered questions about lifestyle factors including diet, exercise, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.

Breast Cancer: Active Smoking Plays Bigger Role Than Thought

Other research out in 2004 shows that active smoking may play a much larger role in increasing breast cancer risk than previously thought.
In the study, published in the Jan. 7 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers looked at breast cancer risk among 116,544 women in the California Teachers Study who reported their smoking status. Between 1996 and 2000, 2,000 of the women developed breast cancer.
The prevalence of breast cancer among current smokers was 30% higher than the women who had never smoked—regardless of whether the nonsmokers had been exposed to secondhand or passive smoke.
Those at greatest risk: Women who started smoking before age 20, who began smoking at least five years before their first full-term pregnancy, and who had smoked for longer periods of time or smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day.

And There’s More …
If those top 10 reasons weren’t enough to motivate you to quit smoking, keep this in mind:
• Smoking is linked to certain colon cancers.
• Smoking may increase the risk of depression in young people,
• Some studies have linked smoking to thyroid disease.

Here’s more information:

No. 1: Facial wrinkles
Forget the beautiful women who peer from the advertising pages of fashion magazines, tailor-made cigarettes between their fingers. The first thing smoking will not do is give you the eyes and lips of a model.  It will give you Crows feet, wrinkled cheeks and vertical lines around your mouth. That’s the true picture.
Fact: Smoking causes vasoconstriction of facial capillaries, which reduces the flow of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. Say hello to premature wrinkling that is largely irreversible (even if you can afford the cash and handle the pain of cosmetic surgery).

No. 2: Impotence
Fact: Smoking reduces peripheral vascular flow. In other words, the blood flow necessary to attain an erection may become blocked. As many as one in two American men older than 40 have experienced impotence to some degree. The condition is primarily physical causes, smoking among them.

No. 3: Stained teeth, bad breath
Fact: Particles from cigarette smoke stain teeth brown and yellow, and cause odor-roducing bacteria that become trapped in your mouth. Gum disease and tooth loss are also common in smokers. Not attractive. If you need some more oral reasons to quit, think about vocal-chord growths and cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus.

No. 4: The smell
Fact:  Cigarette smoke has an unpleasant odor that lingers on everything from skin and hair to clothing and curtains.  Ask a non-smoking friend for an honest answer about the way you, your car and your home smell. The ugly answer: They smell.

No. 5: Brittle bones
Risk factors for the crippling condition of osteoporosis are well-known these days: female, white or Asian, inactive, past menopause, small frame, calcium deficiency and genetic predisposition all contribute to low bone-mineral density. So does smoking. Numerous studies link smoking and osteoporosis in women and men. It may be because smoking affects the synthesis of estrogen and other hormones necessary for healthy bones.
Fact: A 1997 study that looked at 4,000 hip fractures in elderly women concluded that one out of every eight fractures was due to smoking-related bone loss. Once lost, bone density cannot be fully recovered.

No. 6: Depression
The connection between smoking and depression has been well established. Look at the number of nutrients that get depleted with smoking.

No. 7: Crummy role model
Children emulate adults. Every time you light up, you tell kids around you that smoking is OK.
Fact: Every day, an estimated 3,000 children in the United States become addicted to cigarette smoking. If they keep smoking, 1,000 of them eventually will die from conditions connected to their addiction.

No. 8: Fire!
Fact:  Fires caused by lighted tobacco products are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. During the 1980s, smoking materials started more than 200,000 fires every year and killed more than 1,000 people, while injuring 3,000 more and causing more than $300 million in property damage. If death by fire doesn’t impress you, surely you can recall at least one time your cigarette burned a hole in your precious silk suit or cashmere sweater.

No. 9: Poor circulation Drooling, paralysis, loss of speech … There’s nothing pretty about becoming the victim of a stroke.
Fact: Hemoglobin cells are designed to carry oxygen throughout the body. In smokers, oxygen molecules are displaced by the components of cigarette smoke, blocking the transfer of life-giving oxygen. If you’ve convinced yourself that stroke is an extreme or unlikely consequence of your habit, there’s always premature coronary heart disease to slow you down. If you’re lucky, perhaps you’ll only experience some of the inconveniences of poor circulation, like painful pins and needles or cold hands and feet.

No 10.  It costs money.
Fact: Cigarette smoking takes a bite out of your paycheck every week.  I doesn’t just cost money……it costs a lot of money…$2,000.00 per year.  For that, you could buy a

So, basically, in five years, you are paying over $10,000.00 for something that is killing you.  Is it fair to take $10,000 per year from your family….or, your beneficiaries.  You’re stealing $2,000.00 per year from your children!  If you’ve been smoking for 20 years, think of it as taking $40,000 and using it to reduce your life span…to decrease your quality of life.  Why would you smoke??  It makes absolutely NO SENSE!!