You can divide the effects of smoking into two groups. Some could be called positive, most are (very) negative and, in the long run, life-threatening.
Why do people smoke?
The main reason is simple: they like it. Or they liked it when they started and now they can’t give it up.
Others may say because of nicotine, tobacco’s best-known ingredient. It’s a powerful substance with a high “feel good factor”.
Nicotine reaches the brain in only ten seconds from the moment you inhaled the smoke of your cigarette. It causes feelings of relaxation and calmness, but also alertness. Blood pressure and heart rate are almost immediately raised when you inhale tobacco smoke and the blood flow to body extremities such as the fingers and toes decreases.
At higher doses it strengthens the effect of serotonin and opiate activity, resulting in a painkilling effect. It also reduces appetite and raises metabolism. Dizziness, watery eyes and nausea are possible side effects.
The health effects of smoking such as an increased risk of cancer, heart diseases and respiratory infections are long term. Most of these health risks are caused by radioactive components and chemicals that are also present in tobacco or formed during the combustion of tobacco.
Nicotine has short-term effects, but contrary to popular belief, it is not what makes people feel that they are addicted to cigarettes. The habit is hard to quit because of psychological reasons, not physiological.
Yet, once people stop smoking they quickly feel they are deprived of something. If nicotine is not the cause, then why are people addicted?
Simple. It’s a habit, and habits are hard to stop.
Also, people smoke because it makes it easier to cope with unpleasant feelings. And that’s where hypnosis comes in.
Hypnotherapy is an effective method to quit smoking as it is able to change the smoker’s attitude towards his habit by influencing the subconscious mind.
Higher Choice Hypnosis in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Anat Weinstein C.Ht., Higher Choice Hypnosis,
12101 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM, 87112