Freedom from Tobacco - Roger P Allen

For those of you who have just made the decision to quit smoking, or are currently thinking about it, read on.....

Here, reproduced in full, from his fantastic hypnotherapy book "Scripts and Strategies", is a complete chapter on Smoking Cessation from Roger P Allen. It highlights many of the factors that help the vast majority of those looking to quit smoking to do so..... for good. It's well worth the 10 minute read if you have the time.

The day that you gave up smoking will rate as one of the most significant of your life, if only for the fact that your life will be longer and of enhanced quality. It is a fact that smokers are now readily accepting the real threat of early death and a very significant reduction in their potential to enjoy good health and all the pleasures that can bring.

It is with our bodies that we enjoy the good things of life, and it has to be folly in the extreme to treat that body with less than the respect and consideration required. During your therapy session you had the opportunity to look realistically at what smoking has meant to you and to accept fully the responsibility that is yours to ensure that you do not deliberately poison yourself.

We began with finding out why you started smoking. Usually, and with only rare exceptions, it began with 'peer pressure'. Over the years the advertising of cigarettes has been targeted at the young. The suggestions that are levelled at those just at the gate of adulthood are insidious and cruel, levelled by people who have great power to ensure that their message is heard.

Their thought is for profit and profit alone without any consideration for the harm that they inflict on their fellow members of the human race. Cigarettes have killed more people in the twentieth century than in all the wars and conflicts.

Advertising suggests that it is 'cool' to smoke; that it is a mark of becoming more adult, more sophisticated. In our formative years we are in so much of a rush to become adult and we can be so naive. Remember the first cigarette; how foul it tasted; how dizzy you felt. Perhaps you felt sick? You certainly did not enjoy it, but in the drive to be seen as one of the crowd - more sophisticated and adult, so you persisted and you became hooked.

So what happened? Why did your body become at first tolerant of your efforts to poison it and then dependent on your continuing to the point of addiction? The chemical make-up of the body is balanced and critical. It is the job of the subconscious mind to ensure that all is well and that the necessary functions of the body are regulated. When the first smoke entered into your lungs, it carried with it a myriad of poisonous and noxious compounds. Some you are familiar with, such as tar and nicotine.

What of substances such as cyanide, arsenic, carbon monoxide, prussic acid, benzo-pyrene and ammonia, and then the chemical fertilisers and insecticides that were sprayed onto the crop? Cyanide - that grabbed your attention. Well it would, but what about nicotine? Are you aware that nicotine is one of the most poisonous substances known to man? The nicotine extracted from one cigarette, if injected directly into a vein, will kill you in seconds. It is enough to kill a horse.

Your body reacted to these poisons by trying to expel them as it made you feel nauseous. The dizziness was caused by the fact that you had deprived your brain of oxygen, and the coughing as your lungs' defence system became activated, trying to cough up and expel the foreign matter that was attempting to contaminate them.

It is the job of the subconscious mind to protect the integrity of the body and in doing this it will give you a reminder when you are feeling hungry or thirsty; it will let you know when you need to visit the toilet. It ensures that when you are asleep your heart and other organs continue to function. You have no need to be conscious of your heart beating, or that your kidneys and your liver are quietly doing their essential work. All is regulated and controlled for your benefit by your subconscious.

In an attempt to regulate and preserve the delicate chemical balance, the subconscious provided you with plenty of signals as it told you that you were poisoning yourself. Yet you persisted, and it came to the point where the subconscious became fooled into thinking that the new and noxious chemicals being introduced through the cigarette smoke were necessary for survival and now, in keeping with its function, messages began to be sent for replenishment whenever the level of nicotine dropped. Here we have the beginning of nicotine addiction.

These messages are the craving that is experienced which have encouraged you to light up another cigarette to preserve the new chemical balance now considered to be correct by your subconscious. In trying to do its best for you it was encouraging you to continue a process that causes great harm to every organ of your body. When you introduce cigarette smoke into your body, it reacts in the same manner as it would if you were confronted with something terrifying. The body goes into 'Fight or flight mode' as it prepares itself to deal with imminent danger.

The heart beats faster, respiration increases as the need for oxygen to the muscles and the brain increases. Adrenaline is produced along with lactic acid to increase the readiness of the muscles to respond with rapid reaction as you either fight or run from the danger.

So many people have told me that a cigarette helps them to relax. It hardly seems likely!

As these things happen the body also shuts down those systems that will not be needed during this period of increased readiness for survival action. The digestive system is not required so it is shut down, and the immune system is also not required during this time so it to is shut down. In normal situations of danger the period during which the body remains in the fight or flight mode is brief. When the danger is past then the body reverts to its normal relaxation mode, and there is no problem.

But when we continue to smoke there is no opportunity for the body to revert from the flight or fight mode to the normal relaxation. The stress is constant, and so the body remains on alert. Now smokers are in real danger. Those enzymes produced to enhance performance are not used in running or fighting and so remain as toxins within the body.

It is small wonder that those who smoke are more susceptible to disease than non-smokers. With their immune system constantly suppressed they do not have the ability to ward off infection, and so when the cold and flu viruses are about they are the first to fall victim and they are also the last to shake of the effects of the virus. Of course a cold is the least that need concern us.

The horror word amongst smokers, the word that none dare speak, is, of course, cancer. 'It won't happen to me. Cancer only happens to other people'. This is our subconscious speaking to reassure us because it really does think now that smoking is something we need to do to ensure that our bodily integrity is maintained with sufficient in the way of poison. Cancer is within us all if the production of new cells is somehow allowed to run out of control, and then the problems begin. What ensures that we avoid this is the functioning of an ever alert and healthy immune system. When our defences are down we are more vulnerable to attack.

Vitamin C is important for the maintenance of the immune system. Nicotine destroys Vitamin C.

Every organ of the body, including the brain and the skin, can fall to cancer, and smoking has to be seen as a major culprit in the body's inability to protect itself against this and many other killer diseases.

The heart of a smoker will beat an extra ten thousand beats a day as it strives to combat the effects of nicotine which is recognised as a vaso constrictor. The arteries narrow under its influence, and so the heart has to work so much harder to pump the blood around those arteries which are also subject to the effects of furring up as the filth and muck is pumped around them, causing arteriosclerosis. Increased blood pressure is, of course, the result, and with it comes the heightened risk of heart disease and heart attack.

Blood carries vital oxygen to every organ, every molecule and every cell of the body. Without oxygen, tissue will simply dies. Mortification of the flesh sets in - to give it a name that is familiar - gangrene. Because of the effects of smoking the tissues furthest from the heart become deprived of vital oxygen and so, in order to save your life, the surgeon will cut off your leg - perhaps both. Where is the quality of life now?

It is the function of the lungs to oxygenate the blood. The airways that lead into the lungs are covered with tiny hair-line projections called cilia. It is their function to detect the ingress of any foreign matter such as particles of dust which they then propel back upwards to the mouth, thus expelling any harmful material. The tar in cigarettes coats these tiny hairs with a thick sticky residue which causes them to become brittle, to break off or to lie flat against the walls of the airways. They are thus no longer able to carry out this so important defence function.

The chemicals within the smoke affect to great detriment the mucus lining of the lungs that is so important in the vital interchange of gases, carbon dioxide and oxygen. Tar and other materials pass unhindered down into the small air spaces called alveoli which make up the greater mass of the lungs and accumulate there. They remain there, and so the capacity of the lungs is reduced and consequently the ability to efficiently oxygenate the blood.

You will now understand why smokers get out of breath when tackling stairs or running for a bus.

You may have seen the horror pictures of a smoker's lungs on TV, but then your subconscious helped you to dissociate yourself from that too. Remember, it really has been deceived into believing that it must ensure that you get your nicotine fix for your health. The effect of chemically altering the mucus lining of the lungs has an awful and debilitating effect for some as the lungs produce too much fluid and then begin to fill up. The people unlucky enough to be so afflicted begin to drown slowly in their own body fluids. Emphysema is a word that becomes for these poor souls a nightmare as they fight for every painful breath, an oxygen cylinder constantly at their side, with only one possible outcome.

It has been established that the effect of smoking can affect the genetic pattern within the sperm of the male and the eggs of the female, the DNA, the building blocks of life. It is also true that reproductive potency is detrimentally affected. Humans are sexual animals, and one of the main pleasures of life is that of normal sexual relations. The sexual prowess of a smoker will decrease at a much faster rate than that of a non-smoker. Thus in order to enjoy sex, it follows that we must be the best that we can be, fit and healthy, free of contaminants and poisons so that we can give of our best. That means being a non-smoker!

Every cigarette that you smoke will rob you of up to six minutes of life expectancy. A fifty year old smoker is as old physically as a seventy year old non-smoker. Such are the effects of poisoning your body day in, day out.

You have already reached the conclusion that this is not your way forward and as you listen to the CD that is provided with your therapy, the message to your subconscious will be continually strengthened and compounded for your benefit.

Do not allow yourself to become complacent. The advice given is that you listen to the CD regularly for at least two weeks and at least once every day. I know it may be boring but so is death and disease, and remember too that this is a period of re-education for your subconscious as it re-learns to protect you from what it previously thought was right for you. Until this re-education is complete your subconscious will continue to try misguidedly to do its old job and will try every trick in the book to get you to submit.

The subliminal messages contained on your CD are powerful and will continue to drive home positive affirmations to ensure that the work of re-education is thoroughly done. You have been advised that, in order to flush out the accumulated rubbish from within your body, you need to drink plenty. A litre of water a day is the minimum you should be drinking and, if you find yourself constantly leaping up to go to the toilet, then that is great, the job is being done in the most natural and effective way. Soon you begin to experience the things that you have missed as a smoker. Your clothes and your hair smell fresh. You taste the food that you eat so much more, and the perfume of the summer flowers will delight you with its intensity.

Your energy levels will rise, and you will become and feel so much more in control of your life and so much more attractive as a person. You will notice that the condition of your skin and your hair improves. Your eyesight becomes clearer as the oxygen levels within your blood become normal and then, as your brain receives its full quota of oxygen, you will think so much more clearly. A smoker on twenty cigarettes a day loses up to twenty three per cent of clear thinking ability simply because the brain has been deprived of oxygen.

Who said that a cigarette aids concentration?

When you are thinking so clearly, you will think with the utmost clarity, 'Why on earth did I start in the first place?' Did I mention all the money that has gone up in smoke? My parting words have become a habit as people leave my office after their session, and I make no excuse for using this phrase, 'Go and sin no more'. You are now fully aware of your responsibility for your own life, health and happiness and accept that it is your responsibility to ensure that those who love you and rely on you are not deprived of that special person through crass stupidity. Congratulations on your excellent achievement as you say with pride in your accomplishment, 'I am a non-smoker.'

The benefits of quitting or reducing your cigarette smoking can be tremendous, especially if you have smoked less than ten pack years, ie the equivalent of smoking a pack a day for ten years. Even if you have smoked more than that the benefits will still outweigh the challenges.

Aaaaaahhhhh smoking! Gasp-wheeze-cough-choke! Oh, that was so hard to say! (Damaged voice - no wind - depletion of energy). Ooooh, how I hate it! This thief has managed to damage almost every fibre of my life, my character and my desire to show love to others. It has robbed me of so many of the things I cherish! Like being with people, laughing, singing, talking, hugging, kissing, cuddling, sitting near to comfort or talk intimately with someone I care about. It has forced me to be less affectionate, less expressive, less tender. Smelly people can't do these 'feely' types of things freely (you can't hug someone if they get nauseated by your smell!).

No-one told me it would be like this when I started to smoke!

Smoking denies me so many freedoms! Not only the freedom to love others at will or burst into song, but also, the freedom to laugh at a good joke or cry during a sad movie. I can no longer do these things as smoking has damaged my vocal cords. (Oh, how I hate the sound of my own deep, raspy, wheezy, harsh voice - a smoker's voice. Everyone can recognise a smoker by it.) When I want to express tenderness or gentleness with my voice, I can't. I always sound angry or harsh. I want to be able to use my voice to express the way I feel, but my voice won't let me because of smoking, and no- one told me it would be like this when I started to smoke!

It has stolen my freedom to go places that I long to go to or to join in with others, at will, for fun activities like vacations, conferences, trips to the city to shop or whatever my friends are up to. I am unable to go away on trips with friends, drive any distance in a car with them to concerts, games, events etc. I am unable to stay in their homes or share a motel room with them. Smoking has not only made me an unaccepted, disrespected person (for smoking is offensive for non-smokers), it has forced me to become a recluse. Something I hate! Sometimes I feel a need to hide from others out of shame and embarrassment or simply to avoid hearing another lecture on why smoking is no good for me (as though I don't know that already!). I have found that I don't handle very well seeing their repulsion or comments at the sight of me smoking. I know they have less respect for me when they see me smoke and they are truly disappointed in me. Children seem to be really affected by it.

It breaks their hearts to see me smoke, but no-one told me it would be like this when I started to smoke!

I feel it is rude to smoke in front of someone while in their home, in their car or even while just sitting at a sporting event with them. Therefore I have learned to avoid these types of situations. I don't want to offend or insult them or hurt them with my second-hand smoke. I don't want to be rude and, since I can't go more than a few hours without a smoke, I just don't go! It makes me feel so left out all the time. I miss out on so much fun - why didn't anyone tell me about all the things I would be left out of when I started to smoke!

Health issues? You're probably aware of cancer, heart disease, emphysema, etc, but have you ever considered the real heart issues at stake here? The isolation, the loneliness and the sadness a smoker feels because s/he smokes? The rejection, the hurt and the embarrassment s/he feels by being a smoker? The good times lost or the missed chances to go places and be with people s/he loves?

But the real clincher is, have you ever wanted to sing a lullaby to your child, but couldn't? Or whisper sweet nothings in your husband's ear, but couldn't? Or touch someone's face gently and say I care about you, but couldn't? Lost moments, lost memories, lost chances to say I love you, all because of smoking! No-one told me it would be like this when I started to smoke!

As far as I can tell, there is only one good thing about the fact that I am a smoker, and that is that I have the right and the confidence to stand up and be a wild waving red flag of warning to others who consider starting. If I could scream, without a gasp-wheeze cough-choke, you'd hear me hollering at the top of my lungs, 'Don't smoke!! Don't even play with the stuff! You will regret it for as long as you live, I guarantee it!' I hope someday, somewhere, someone will be able to say, 'I listened and believed what someone told me about smoking, things I didn't know before and that is why I never started!' And that would be good.

When you stop smoking:

  • Within twenty minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
  • Within eight hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.
  • Within twenty four hours: Your chance of having a heart attack already decreases.
  • Within forty eight hours: Your nerve endings start to grow and your sense of smell and taste improve.
  • Within seventy two hours: Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and you can breathe more easily. Your lung capacity also increases which means that you can do more physical activities more easily.
  • Within two weeks to three months: Your circulation improves, walking becomes easier and your lung function increases by up to thirty per cent.
  • Within one month to nine months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath continue to decrease and your overall level of energy increases. The cilia re-grow in your lungs thus increasing your ability to handle mucus and to clean out your lungs and to reduce infection.
  • At five years: The lung cancer death rate drops.
  • At ten years: The lung cancer death rate for the average smoker drops to twelve deaths per 100,000, almost the rate of non-smokers. Other cancers, such as those of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, bladder, kidneys and pancreas also decrease. (Remember, there are thirty chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.) Pre-cancerous cells are replaced.

Every November we, as a nation, pause for a moment to remember those who lost their lives fighting in the great wars that have marred the twentieth century. Human beings fighting each other in the name of what? The answer has to be the vested interest of a few who not content with their power and wealth, who seek more and spare no thought for those who die in the struggle. Man fighting man is much like the smoker fighting him or herself for the right to quit. There will be losses on both sides of the conflict. Even the victor suffers loss. In giving up smoking you can be on the winning or the losing side. The losing side suffers greatly through loss of life and in suffering. The winning side also suffers, through withdrawal, but emerges victorious over the greater evil that is smoking.

Plan for yourself a memorial day to celebrate your own victory over cigarettes and the death of your insidious and destructive habit. Celebrate your triumph over the tobacco companies, before others have to honour your memory at your graveside.

For those of you that made it to the end, well done! You are beginning to make serious progress in the challenge of changing your life and we hope that the powerful contents of this exerpt help you, even in some small way to achieve the change you are looking for. Good luck to you and remember, we are at the end of the phone should you have any further queries.

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