STOPTOBER and E-CIGARETTES: what are you inhaling?

STOPTOBER – the initiative to encourage people to stop smoking for 28 days during October. Why 28 days? Because if you can stop for 4 weeks, you are five times more likely to quit for good. I’ve been looking into this, because hypnotherapy has such a great track record at helping people to give up, without the need for potions, patches or poisons. Lots of people think they are doing themselves a favour, or “cutting down” by switching from cigarettes to E-cigarettes. Do you know what’s actually in the e-liquid? It’s nicotine that has been extracted from tobacco, mixed with a base – usually propylene glycol – and flavourings, colourings and other chemicals. Sounds tasty, doesn’t it? I first came across propylene glycol when I was researching ingredients in personal care products. It is commonly used in anti-freeze – yes, anti-freeze. Would you really want to inhale that? Higher voltage e-cigarettes also contain more formaldehyde, another known carcinogen. It is commonly found in building materials; paints & coatings; fertilisers and pesticides. Nice. One of the common flavourings is Diacetyl. This is a buttery-flavoured chemical often added to food such as popcorn, caramel and dairy products. It can cause a serious and irreversible lung disease commonly known as “popcorn lung”. Why it is still allowed to be added to food is beyond me, but would you really want to ingest that into your body? If you are thinking of giving up smoking for October, why not give up for good – your good? Give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I am always happy to chat about ways in which my blend of hypnotherapy may be able to help...

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Stop Smoking: Talk at Vinings Natural Health Centre, Haywards Heath, on Sunday 19th April

The “home base” for my therapy work is Vinings Natural Health Centre, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. On Sunday 19th April, from 10am to 4pm, there is a Taster Day there, and some of the therapists will be giving short talks about aspects of their work. I’m on at 10.30am, talking about how effective hypnotherapy is with clients who want to give up smoking, how it works and so on. Just last Saturday I met a lovely man and his wife and we talked about just that – he should give up, he knows his health is suffering, the doctor has told him to stop. And yet … and yet … he doesn’t really want to stop. He likes it. And all the time that is where he’s at, it won’t work. Shame. If you can make it along to Vinings Natural Health Centre on Sunday 19th April, it would be great to see you. We are raising money for the lovely local hospice, St Peter & St James, so all donations are...

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Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy

Giving up Smoking It’s a long time since I worked with clients to help them stop smoking – like the proverbial Number 9 bus, there are none at all and then three turn up all at once! One of the very first people I worked with, many years ago now, was my nephew who was then aged around 30 and was smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Apart from the damage to his lungs, his heart and his overall health and well-being, the sheer cost, the amount of money that was literally going up in smoke, amazed me. He went from 50 to nothing in one session – “blimey, Aunty Jude, that was amazing!” is how he put it. People want to stop smoking for various reasons, usually health and financial issues are close to the top of the list. I remember one man saying he had just become a grandfather and wanted to see his grandson grow up. Another man wanted to walk his newly-born daughter up the aisle, and didn’t want her seeing him growing old as a coughing, wheezing dad with no energy to play with her. For others it is career-driven. It is no longer cool or smart to smoke, quite the opposite. It is widely perceived as being a dumb thing to do, a waste of money, something that has been clearly shown to have dire effects on health. So a smart, career-driven executive will no longer win promotion by blowing cigarette smoke in his / her boss’s face. Hypnosis has a very good success rate with those who really want to give up smoking – but that is the key, they must REALLY want to give up smoking. It should only take one session, perhaps with one more to drive the message home. It’s painless, non-invasive and cheaper than a dozen 20 packs of a typical brand. If you would like to stop – if you would REALLY like to stop – give me a call on 07597 020...

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