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These Ugly Facts Will Make You Want To Quit Smoking Cigarettes Today

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Stopping smoking can be a challenging process.

At times we can get caught by unhelpful thinking patterns that take us backwards into negative habits and behaviours.

Driven by nicotine cravings, your mind can trick you into smoking with unhelpful thoughts, such as ‘just one cigarette won’t hurt’, ‘I really want a cigarette’, or ‘I like smoking’.

But it is important to identify that this is the nicotine talking.

Such thoughts try to fool us, deny us from knowing the truth about cigarettes and the real impact they have on our lives.

Smoking, in reality, is gruesome.

When we remind ourselves of this fact, we naturally begin to disengage from any falsehoods that nicotine so desperately wants us to believe.

So, in a bid to remind you of the reality of cigarettes when you need it most, here are some quick fire hard facts on smoking and the impact of tobacco use.

They are not meant to scare you or to make you feel bad; they are meant as a reality check.

We hope that highlighting the facts of tobacco use will allow you to step out of any unhelpful thinking patterns that cigarettes keep us trapped in.

So let’s look at the reality of cigarettes and the role they play in our lives.

Cigarettes Kill

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users. That’s up to 50% of people who smoke will die because of the impact smoking has had on their life.
  • Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
  • In 2019, there were 74,600 deaths attributable to smoking, in the UK alone.
  • 65,000 children die each year due to illnesses related to second-hand smoke.

Cigarettes Cause Chronic Illness

  • For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
  • Smoking is proven to cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking is the largest cause of cancer in the UK, causing 15% of all cancers.
  • Lung cancer kills more people than any other type of cancer. Around 80% of these deaths are caused by smoking.

Cigarettes Are Poisonous

  • If ingested whole, there is enough nicotine in five cigarettes to kill the average adult.
  • Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, 600 of which are believed to be poisonous and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.

Cigarettes Are Bad For Mental Health

  • In the UK, smoking rates among adults with depression are about twice as high as among adults without depression.
  • Smokers with mental health problems need higher doses of some antipsychotic medicines and antidepressants.
  • Nicotine stimulates the release of the chemical dopamine in the brain, which is involved in triggering feelings of positivity. However, smoking encourages the brain to switch off its own mechanism for making dopamine, so in the long term the supply decreases.

Tobacco Is A Business

  • The average smoker will spend £140,000 on cigarettes over their lifetime.
  • In 2018, sales in the legal global tobacco market were worth approximately US$814 billion.
  • In 2018, cigarette and smokeless tobacco companies spent US$9.06 billion on advertising and promotional expenses in the United States alone. This amounts to spending around US$24 million every single day on advertising and promoting tobacco products.
  • Publicly, tobacco companies have always maintained that they do not target youth. However, the market of young smokers is of central importance to the industry.

“If the last ten years have taught us anything, it is that the industry is dominated by the companies who respond most to the needs of younger smokers.” – Imperial Tobacco, Canada

  • Until recently, the tobacco industry has denied its product is addictive. Internally, it has known since the 1960s that the crucial selling point of its product is the chemical dependence of its customers.
  • Without nicotine addiction there would be no tobacco industry, yet the industry maintains that it is a consumer goods industry, and not a drug delivery service.
  • In spite of conclusive scientific evidence, the tobacco industry continues to publicly deny that smoking causes lung cancer. It has understood the carcinogenic nature of its product since the 1950s.

Don’t Be Fooled

Don’t be fooled by the devious nature of nicotine and its mechanisms.

The reality of smoking is ugly, inextricable from physical and mental illness and death.

If you find yourself drawn towards lighting up a cigarette, remind yourself consciously of the facts of tobacco use and its impact on your life.

The more frequently you align yourself with these truths, the less likely you are to be fooled by the falsehoods that cigarettes want you to believe.

Quit Smoking Now
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5 MONTHS A NON-SMOKER

I had wanted to give up for ages but always failed until I came across this treatment.

Before treatment my day was geared around when I was going to have a cigarette and I would rush home sometimes to have one or rearrange my day around them. I only smoked when I was alone as I felt ashamed and the smell upset others. I can honestly say that the Stop-in-seven treatment was excellent and the support wonderfully reassuring. It was all encompassing about how one was making oneself ill but also encouraging about how much better one would feel after giving up. One of the hardest aspects of the week was when we had to change the brand of cigarette. Oh how I craved for my own brand of cigarette I had smoked for 30 years. As I write this I think I can now call myself a non-smoker and it is amazing I have given up. I had wanted to give up for ages but always failed until I came across this treatment. Physically I don’t cough anymore and I can smell better and am eating healthier and enjoying it more. Emotionally I feel stronger clearer and realise I am proud of myself for eventually stopping the habit which I never thought I would. I would recommend Stop-in7 treatment to anyone trying to stop smoking. It is well organised extremely supportive and it works. Thank you.

Gill, Brighton
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6 WeEKS A NON-SMOKER

I have tried various methods including hypnosis sessions previously, but to no avail.

Alex, I just wanted to take a moment to contact you. Since taking your Stop Smoking course It’s been a revelation ! It’s not even like I am an ex-smoker… I am a NON SMOKER ! I literally have not had a single thought about wanting to have a smoke ! For years on and off I have stopped and started again.. The lead up to the main event and the fact that the videos are available after the main session have proven to be just what is needed ! I have tried various methods including hypnosis sessions previously, but to no avail. So I just wanted to say a big thank you from me and my wife.

Peter, Hartford
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