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  1. 1. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 1Second Addition ~ 2012 ~Nick TerroneSpecialist Hypnotherapist1300 883 272 (Sydney Australia)www.quitwithnick.com.au
  2. 2. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 2A word from the AuthorThe first thing you have to do is acknowledge yourself for even having reached this farin your decision to quit smoking. This isn’t something you should be taking lightly, not ifyou’re serious about quitting anyway. It’s a BIG decision to walk away from somethingthat you’ve probably been doing for all your adult life. It’s something that has probablydefined a big part of who you are for many years.Like most of my clients, you’ve probably though of cigarettes as your little ‘friend’, thething that has always ‘been there’ for you. We all know these statements are ridiculous,but that doesn’t change the relationship you have with them. One thing I canunequivocally GUARANTEE is that you will get a lot out of this report. Having been aspecialist hypnotherapist for many years and having seen over 500+ clients to date,I am confident that this report will provide you with important and helpful information toeither help you quit, or decide to book a session with me personally. I urge you to reallyabsorb this information. I’ve been a smoker, so I know what the journey is like. I alsoknow what it’s like to feel out of control and compelled to do something that most ofsmokers agree has no REAL benefits at all. People who have never smoked just won’tever get it – but I do. I know this will become apparent to you as you go through thismaterial.Finally, I just want to mention this. I know how important it is for a person to seekassistance for a problem from someone who really understands the problem intimately.It makes total sense that if I don’t understand your problem, how can I help you with it,right?To your health,Nick
  3. 3. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 3About The Author: Nick Terrone .............................................................................. 4PART I - INFORMATION FOR QUITTING.................................................................. 6Preparing to Quit Smoking....................................................................................... 6Tips for Quitting / Remaining a Non-Smoker.................................................................10The Excuses That Have Kept You Smoking.......................................................... 11PART II - HYPNOSIS AND USING IT TO QUIT CIGARETTES ............................... 17You Have To Want To Quit for Yourself…............................................................. 173 Elements That Will Determine Your Success ..................................................... 20Why The Body Experiences Withdrawal Symptoms.............................................. 24Why You Don’t Have to Worry About Gaining Weight ........................................... 24What Makes Quitting With Hypnosis So Powerful? ............................................... 27Some Myths About Hypnosis................................................................................. 27What You Can Expect While In The Hypnotic Trance .................................................31The ‘Make Or Break’ Ways Of Listening ........................................................................32The Final Secret Ingredient To Quitting ................................................................. 37PART III - SMOKING, HOW BAD IS IT? .................................................................. 39Some Tarred Facts… ............................................................................................ 39Exactly What Are You Inhaling? ............................................................................ 41
  4. 4. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 4About The Author: Nick TerroneAs I have already mentioned above, I used to be a smoker so believe me, I know howhard and frustrating the process of quitting can be. I know what it’s like to fight thecravings especially when faced with such big triggers. Mine were coffee, after a mealand alcohol. Breaking this ritualistic cycle seemed impossible for me at the time and Ieven tried to quit several times. I stumbled across this powerful, simple system quite afew years ago and I’d like to share the ins and outs of it with you here. When I realizedthe power of this system, and how easy this can make smokers quit, something clickedinside me. I had already been a counsellor in the therapeutic environment for manyyears already, so I noticed how much of a great opportunity this was to make a HUGEpositive impact to people’s lives in just one session! Having been a smoker and quit, Iknow what an amazing feeling it is when you finally overcome it and break free of thechains of cigarettes. I have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Psychologyand have helped many people with many kinds of issues. I have also received trainingin the areas of Kinesiology and Neuro Linguistic Programming (N.L.P).The bottom line is: I’m committed to you achieving success as a non-smoker!
  5. 5. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 5What To Expect When You Quit Cigarettes – A Time LineOk, so let’s get started. Before delving into the aspects of quitting and hypnosis, I’d liketo share with you what actually happens and what you can expect from the verymoment you have your last cigarette: Within 20 minutes blood pressure returns to its normal level. After 8 hours oxygen levels return to normal. After 24 hours carbon monoxide levels in the lungs return to those of a non-smoker and the mucus begins to clear. After 48 hours nicotine leaves the body and taste buds are improved. After 72 hours breathing becomes easier. After 2–12 weeks, circulation improves. After 5 years, the risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker. After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is almost the same as a non-smoker.When you quit smoking the benefits are immediate. Blood cells that transportcarbon monoxide from cigarette smoke begin to transport healthy oxygen. Even thoughquitting doesnt completely eliminate the risk of developing lung cancer, the risk of lungcancer starts to go down dramatically. Only one year after quitting smoking yourchances of having a heart attack drops by half. The risk of lung cancer continues todecline and drop significantly five to ten years after quitting.
  6. 6. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 6PART I - INFORMATION FOR QUITTINGIn this section, I would like to share with you some tips and tricks on quitting WITHOUThypnosis OR the traditional methods of gum, patches or medication. The very fact thatthere are so many people out there that have quit without anything at all, shows that it ispossible. This means that it’s also possible for you. Many people have quit using one ora combination of the methods below; you might even know some people who have quitvia one or some of these methods. I’d like to share some of these methods from theresearch I’ve done, give them a try and see if they work for you. If it does, fantastic!Please get in touch with me and let me know what worked for you and how it helped, I’dlove to hear from you, together we could help others quit!Preparing to Quit SmokingThe first thing you should know is that most smokers quit unsuccessfully several timesbefore they quit for good. You will most likely not be successful your first time around -but you must keep trying! Each time you attempt to quit you come closer to finallyquitting for good.
  7. 7. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 7During or before you have your last cigarette, start to visualise yourself as a non-smoker. Visualisation is a very effective psychological technique not only for quittingcigarettes but for many other things as well.There has actually been research to showhow powerful visualisation can be. Onethat I recall, was a study done whereathletes were wired to a machine used tomeasure muscle activity and asked tovisualise themselves in the act of doingtheir event, say a 100 meter sprint. Then,those same athletes were studied whilephysically doing the 100 meter sprint. Youknow what they found? They found thatthe exact same muscles were active andfiring whether they were sitting in a chairvisualising themselves doing the sprint, orwhether they were actually doing the sprintphysically.So what does this mean?It means that your brain can’t tell the difference between your body physically DOINGsomething, or your mind simply visualising it. The implications of this are huge. So if youstart to visualise yourself as a non-smoker, your brain will begin to release certainchemicals associated with that visualisation. Just by thinking of yourself as a non-smoker your body will begin to make subtle changes that will assist your body toexperience this for real!So just think about doing your everyday activities without a cigarette break and feel okabout that. Think about all of the reasons that you want to quit smoking in the first place,and do this as often as possible. Because at the end of the day, if you have noworthwhile reasons to quit, why should you? Chances are you won’t. Think of as manyreasons as you can, perhaps write them down. Fully inform yourself about the healthbenefits of quitting, not just for yourself but the people around you as well, such as yourchildren or other members of your family that are exposed to your cigarette smoke.If money is a motivating reason for you, calculatethe amount of money youll save when you quit.Then think of something youll use that money for,really picture yourself using that money in adifferent way; it’s the power of visualisation onceagain. Also keep in mind, when calculating howmuch money you’re spending, make sure toconsider the tax that you’ve already paid on thatmoney.
  8. 8. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 8Often people forget this. So be sure to add whatever tax you pay on your income andthis will give you a much more accurate figure. This figure would be the equivalent togetting a pay rise from your boss just for quitting cigarettes.It’s essential to get into the right mindset for quitting, especially when studies show thattrying to quit is 20% physical and 80% psychological. What does this mean? It meansthat getting the right “psychology” around quitting is 80% of the battle won!Once you’ve gained the right mindset. It’s then time to plan having your last cigarette.So you have an idea of what will happen, understand that the human body is incrediblyresilient, and that your health begins to improve from the very moment you stopsmoking, by establishing a concrete and achievable plan to quit smoking you’ll increaseyour chances of success. It is very important to understand that being in the right frameof mind will affect your chances of success. Being fully aware of why you are quittingand believing in yourself, in your attempt to quit, is also essential. Once youve stoppedand had your last cigarette consider yourself a non-smoker, and to help, remind yourselfof the health benefits you will be experiencing immediately after putting out that lastcigarette.I’m always amazed at the human body, how it works and how it has this innate ability toheal itself. You easily see examples of this all the time. If you accidently cut yourself,you don’t have to ‘think’ about healing do you? Of course not, it just happensautomatically.If you are able to facilitate a good environment forthe body and give it what it needs through goodnutrition and hydration, it will naturally repair itself.The same goes for quitting cigarettes. Once youstop introducing the 4,000 toxic chemicals into yourbody, it will immediately begin to find its ownbalance of health and wellbeing. But be preparedthat as it finds its balance again, you may ‘feel’ thisprocess. Some will not, we’re all different. But alittle later on in this report I’ll share with you somevery valuable information that will assist tominimise these effects.
  9. 9. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 9How To Prepare For Your Stop Smoking DayOne popular way to quit cigarettes is to choose a “stop smoking day”. As the namesuggests, the point of choosing a day is to make the commitment to yourself that on aparticular day, you’ll stop smoking. Your goal is to fully load up on anything you mayneed on your journey towards becoming a non-smoker. So, how do you prepare for thisday?The first step is to write your intention and desire for quitting on a piece of paper, or anindex card. Write down what you want to do and why. Then every morning after youwake up, read this note and reinforce your desire to quit smoking. You should also referto this card any time you are tempted to smoke after your “stop smoking day”. What youwant to do is really start to generate some strong emotional traction around quitting andremaining a non-smoker. The more emotions you can develop around quitting andremaining a non-smoker, the more likely you’ll be successful.Sometimes telling your friends and family that youare planning on quitting can offer support in yourdecision. If you’ve got friends who also want to quit,maybe choose a day that is good for both of you.The alternative is to keep it to yourself to prevent anyunnecessary pressure from others. You may havegreater success doing this on your own. You’ll knowwhat works for you.The next thing you want to do is remove any type of temptation from your immediatesurroundings. So, the night before your stop smoking day, collect anything that remindsyou of smoking (ash trays, lighters, etc) and throw it all out, including any remainingcigarettes you may have floating about. Alternatively, some people have kept one smallitem that is a reminder of their days as a smoker, perhaps their favourite lighter, or ashtray. They might keep it somewhere out of the way, in a place where they will see it veryoccasionally. Sometimes having this little reminder will actually make you feel good,reinforcing yourself as a non-smoker. If you’re going to use this method, I would suggestthat at least for the first month or so, don’t keep it somewhere you’re likely to see it.After about a month, then perhaps put that item somewhere you’ll ‘bump into it’ fromtime to time. I’ve heard of some people putting their ashtray in a corner of their gardenin the dirt where it belongs.After all is said and done though, there never is a perfect day, but the best day is today!So why not empower yourself to tear up those cancer sticks, throw them away and startliving that healthy life. The longer you put off the decision to quit smoking, the harder itis going to be to quit.
  10. 10. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 10Tips For Quitting & Remaining a Non - SmokerThis section is a compilation of tips and powerful techniques that have been found tohelp people quit cigarettes, fight the urge for a cigarette and remain a non-smoker.Obviously, don’t try to do all these at once, but I’d suggest perhaps give all of them a tryat some point. You never know what might work for you. It’s up to you to find one, twoor perhaps a combination of the following tips that you feel might work well for you.Go for a walk - The easiest thing to do when you feellike having a cigarette is to go for a walk. You don’thave to go far, but sometimes some fresh air is all youneed to fight your cravings. Once you start to moveyour body, in any way at all, it stimulates certainbiochemistry as well as mental processes that will helpto distract you from a craving that often lasts only afew minutes anyway.Take deep breaths - If you are unable to escape for a walk, taking several deepbreaths can help. By inhaling, you are opening up the lungs and by focusing on the aircoming into your airways; you can calm yourself and trick your body into forgettingabout the cravings. Getting more oxygen to your brain is the best method to relax, that’swhy so many meditation techniques focus on your breathing. I used to teach this oftento some of my clients to assist them in dealing with their anxiety and panic attacks.Do Yoga - So what if you’ve never tried yoga! Focusing on the practice of yoga takesyou outside of yourself and forces you to stop thinking about your urges to light up.Listen to music or motivation tapes -Sometimes when you are craving nicotine,all you need is a melodic piece of music or afriendly word of encouragement. Take amoment to listen to music that soothes youor to the inspiring words of a motivationalexpert. I can easy recommend many.
  11. 11. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 11Drink water with crushed ice - It may sound wired, but many people use this methodto fight their cravings. Take time to drink the water slowly and chew the ice. You may bepleasantly surprised at how successful this technique can be.Brush your teeth - Many people report thatwhen they brush their teeth they no longer wantto have a cigarette. This technique shifts youroral fixation to your toothbrush and teeth insteadof to your cigarette and mouth. Also, somepeople say that when their mouth and teeth feelclean, they no longer crave the taste of acigarette.Remind yourself why you quit - Every time you experience a craving remind yourselfwhy you quit. An excellent idea is to take a blank index card and list all the reasons whyyou decided to quit smoking in the first place.List as many as you can, the more, the better. If necessary, take the second index card.Carry them with you all the time. Every time you feel the urge to smoke take the indexcard and slowly read all your reasons why you decided to stop. After you finish readingyour urge will pass! (If not, read them one more time or come up with more reasons.)Reward yourself - Make it a habit to give yourself a reward at the end of each non-smoking week. Think of something you want. It doesn’t have to be somethingexpensive, a nice home made meal or hot bath will work. Take the index card and writedown what you would give yourself at the end of the week; and when the urge comestake a look at the index card with your reward. Isnt it worth coping for 3 minutes?Be prepared for your urges! - Get yourself prepared for the urge to smoke in advance.In most cases something triggers the craving (certain feelings, people, or places). Youhave to know what triggers your urge to smoke.Take a blank piece of paper and divide it into 2 columns. On the one side list yourtriggers, like “stuck in traffic”, “drinking morning coffee”, ”arguing with colleague” etc...and in the second column write down the alternative course of action.For example, instead of smoking while drinking your morning coffee you could read anewspaper. Instead of smoking after the heated argument with your colleague you cantake a walk around the block or write down everything you think about this person, thentear up this piece of paper and throw it away. Dont be lazy, write it down! This exercisereally works! The point here is to remind yourself that there are millions of people who
  12. 12. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 12face stressful situations everyday and they don’t use cigarettes to ‘deal with it’, whichmeans you can too!Call a friend - This method works very well, almost like a sponsor used in AA or NAcircles. If it can work for people addicted to these types of substances, it can work foryou. Call someone who can support you, who can talk with you for a couple of minutes.You can call your non-smoking friend, or someone whos trying to quit smoking too.Distract yourself with a quick task - Think of asmall task you have to do, something that wouldtake you 5-10 minutes. Make a call, send an email,make yourself a cup of tea, water the plant in youroffice. Anything! Your task is to distract yourselfuntil the urge passes. (Hint: Try to find an activitythat makes smoking impossible!)Power Tip – It’s a disgusting one, but it often works. Print a small picture of a smokerslungs (I’ve put them here below for you, or you can go to:http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/lungphotos.htm) and put it somewhere in yourwallet. I know they don’t look pretty, but something like this can stop you dead in yourtracks from lighting up. I often will see clients who have seen all the TV commercialsand simply want to avoid what they are seeing. Take a look at the pictures on that site!Really! THIS could be your lungs! You love yourself, and you respect your body. Whyharm yourself?
  13. 13. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 13Reprogram your mind - Recall 4 times when you thought to yourself "Ive got to quit",or that you felt disgusted about smoking. Maybe you just felt really unhealthy, or yourdoctor told you in a particular tone of voice Youve got to quit or somebody you knowwas badly affected by smoking. Take a moment now to come up with 4 different timesthat you felt that you have to quit or were disgusted by smoking.Remember each of those times, one after another, as though they are happening now. Iwant you to keep going through those memories and make them as vivid as possible.The more vivid you make those memories; the easier it will be to stop smoking. Seewhat you saw, hear what you heard and feel how you felt. Now take a few minutes tokeep going through those memories again and again, overlap each memory with thenext until you are totally and utterly disgusted by cigarettes.Do something different during breaks- Smokers sometimes use their habit to givethemselves little breaks during the day. Taking a break is good for you, so carry ontaking that time off - but do something different. Walk round the block, have a cup of teaor a drink of water, or do some of the tips and techniques mentioned here.Keep your sugars up- If possible drink a lotof fruit juice. When you stop smoking thebody goes through a big change. Your bloodsugar levels will fall, digestion is sloweddown and your body starts to get rid of thetar and poisons that have accumulated inyour body. Fresh fruit juice contains fructosewhich restores your blood sugar levels,vitamin C which helps clear out impuritiesand high levels of water and fibre to keepyour digestion going. Also try to eat fruitevery day for at least two weeks after youhave stopped.Reduce your caffeine intake- When you stop, cut your caffeine intake by half. Nicotinebreaks down caffeine so without nicotine a little coffee will have a big effect. Drink 8-10glasses of water (ideally bottled) to help wash out your system. You’ve probably heardthat 75% of our body’s composition is water. Smoking actually reduces your cells abilityto absorb water. That’s why people who have smoked for so many years have such dryawful skin. So drinking plenty of water will replenish your skin cells with water and verysoon your skin will feel VERY different.Don’t be tricked by a situation- Be aware of making excuses for yourself. Somepeople talk themselves into smoking, especially if they encounter a stressful situation,which in the past they dealt with by smoking. If those old thoughts pop into your head,
  14. 14. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 14shout the word “STOP” in your head, to stop the thoughts from progressing. Nicotine isa stimulant and actually elevates your body’s level of stress. It’s like that itch that cannever be properly scratched; the more you smoke, the more you have to. So say“STOP” and steer clear of old slippery slopes.When it comes to stress and dealing with it, it really helps to understand what stressactually is. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we’ll realise that stress is simply ourreaction to something NOT having gone the way we THINK it should have gone. Thinkabout it, that’s what it actually is. Someone says or does something or an unexpectedsituation arises where we say to ourselves ‘this should NOT be happening’. The fact is,it’s happened; now it’s a question of how you are going to respond. The choice is yours.At the end of the day we can’t control what people say,what people do and some times unexpected thingshappen in our lives that might be unpleasant orunwanted. What you DO have control over is whatreaction you are going to choose. It’s always a choiceeven though it doesn’t seem that way. You are alwayscompletely in control of the MEANING that you attach toa certain situation, the perspective that you are going toadopt. Having this awareness alone can help you to bemore adaptable and flexible in situations, assisting youto deal with stress the same way millions of other non-smoking Australians deal with the exact same stressorsthat you have been going through.Try This POWERFUL Emotional Freedom Tapping (EFT) Technique- Now there isan entire science behind how this works, it’s a bit too much to get into now. But in a nutshell, this technique works on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M),which works with the idea of the energy flow around your body, or ‘chi’ energy. The ideais that if the chi energy is flowing well and uninterrupted around your body, youexperience a total balance of body, mind & spirit. But if there is some sort of emotionalblockage along any of the specific energy path ways in our bodies, called Meridians,this will lead to discomfort or DIS-ease in the body – physical and emotional. So byfollowing a very specific and simple process of tapping on certain points on your body ina particular sequence, you can stimulate the flow of this energy and bring your bodyback into a state of balanced wellbeing that it is designed to operate from naturally. Ican almost guarantee you’ll feel an immediate difference in the urge to smoke. To viewmy video of exactly how to use this technique to get rid of a cigarette craving, just go tohttp://youtu.be/2WN5ytbvWrk
  15. 15. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 15The Excuses That Have Kept You SmokingAt this point I’d like to address some of the common reasons, or excuses people mightgive for continuing to smoke. That way we can firmly see that there really is no reasonto smoke at all* I still enjoy itWhen I hear this from my clients I tell them that it’s fine if they are still ‘enjoying it’. Justbecause you might be enjoying it, that doesn’t mean that you’re not ready to quit. If youare waiting for some time in your future when you hate every single cigarette before youdecide to quit, chances are that time will never come and you’ll just continue to kidyourself.If you think about all the cigarettes you smoke in a day, how many would you say thatyou are really there, in the moment, ‘enjoying’ that cigarette? If you’re like most of thepeople I’ve seen, probably not many. If you think about it, most of the cigarettes you’rehaving are just getting in the way of something else and you’re not really enjoying it atall. Often you might be having them in a rush, to just get your little ‘fix’ so you can justget on with what you were doing before the cigarette. What an inconvenient hassleright?* Stress / it relaxes meI’ve already touched on this, but let’s go into a bit more detail shall we. Many of myclients will say that it’s stress that keeps them smoking. Or they’ll say they are goingthrough a stressful time, and hence they are not ready to quit. I’m sure you recognisethat this is not accurate at all. Simply because nicotine is a stimulant, it actually elevatesyour body’s internal state of stress. It raises your blood pressure, increased your heartrate and stimulates your nervous system – all the things that put the body into a state ofstress.If you think about it, it’s all the things thatyou are doing right after a stressful situationthat is reducing your stress, except thecigarette. Let’s say for example you’re sittingat your desk and something stressful hashappened. Or you’ve just had an argumentwith your partner. What do then usually do?You say ‘right, I’m going for a cigarette’. Youleave the room or the office, you go outsidethe building, you go find a nice quiet place toyourself to have a moment on your own.Your taking some nice slow deep breathes, you’re thinking about the situation and whatyou’re going to do to address it, you’re having some thinking time. Then you go back
  16. 16. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 16inside and psychologically you’ve DE-stressed, but physiologically, you’re actually in ahigher state of stress than before you went out the door!I say to people, if you had done the exact same things, but you just left the cigarette out,get up, go outside, find a place to yourself, take some deep breathes, have a moment tothink and then come back, you’ll find that you’ll be mentally AND physically relaxed.You see, breathing is THE most importantthing in your entire life. We all know whathappens when you stop breathing. But anybenefits that you’re getting from the deepbreathing that is actually REQUIRED whilesmoking, is all just gone from the 4,000chemicals you’re inhaling at the same time.However, if you take some slow deepbreathes during any kind of stressful situation,you’re body will instantly react in a calming,relaxing way.One of the main jobs of your heart is to pump oxygen around your body. So the moreoxygen you give it, the more it slows down because the less it needs to work. The moreoxygen you send to your brain the more relaxed you feel. If you were take 20 slow deepbreathes right now, you’d instantly feel the positive difference in your body.The funny thing about the flip side of the stress excuse is that people will often say thatthey also smoke when they are relaxing, maybe on a holiday, not stressed at all. Hmmm. . . . . . Does something seem a little incongruent here to you about this? The point I’mmaking yet again is that all the ‘benefits’ you think you’re getting are simply illusory.* Poor will powerSome people will say that they just haven’t had the will power, or they got poor willpower. The idea that will power can get you to quit is to assume that it’s your consciousmind that is in control of your smoking, but it isn’t. At the end of the day, you can knowall the reasons on a conscious level how silly smoking is, how there are no real benefitsto it, which you probably already know. However it more than likely won’t be enough toget you to quit because it’s not your conscious mind that is controlling your smoking. If itwas, then every single person would just wake up one day and just QUIT – cold turkey.Some people can do it with the tips mentioned above, but a lot can’t.I’ve heard many other reasons why people have not been able to quit. Some of theseinclude: everyone around me smokes, my partner, wife, husband, roommate smokes, ithelps me think when I want to take a break.But at the end of the day, if you’re really honest with yourself, it’s not the fact that theseare reasons that have kept you smoking. You just used these as excuses because youjust weren’t ready to make the decision to quit. And I want you to know that this isTOTALLY ok. It’s fine to just say, ‘I just haven’t been ready to quit’.
  17. 17. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 17PART II - HYPNOSIS AND USING IT TO QUIT CIGARETTESThis section looks at Hypnosis and how it couldhelp you. I’m going to dispel all the myths andmisconceptions about it, tell you how and why itworks and then share how it can work for youspecifically.Crossing the line between Smoker andNon SmokerIf you want to become a non-smoker, then as I’vealready mentioned, you need to think like a non-smoker. Studies have shown that cigarettesmoking is approximately 20% physiological and80% psychological. The truth of the matter is thatnicotine gum, patches or traditional NicotineReplacement Therapies (NRT)’s won’t change asmoker’s mindset. Knowledge and understandingis the key.I’m committed to having this report be of value to you,whether you agree to book a one-on-onesession with me or not.I am running the risk of being hounded by my professional colleagues for giving awaythis information that usually is only given to clients who pay a high fee I just don’t carewhat they say. I truly believe this information may help you change the quality of yourlife for the better and replace those moments of worrying about your health and family tomoments of experiencing your health and vitality. This information is knowledge,knowledge is power and I like to empower people. So if this information helps you toquit without a one-on-one session, fantastic! If not, you have My Details to get in touchwith me so you can call and book yourself into a session.YOU Have To WANT To Quit For Yourself!Ok, now the very first and most important thing to mention is that for this system to workthere has to be one crucial element in place – and it’s not going to be a big surprise foryou to hear this. You have to WANT to quit cigarettes for yourself. If you don’t reallywant to quit, it obviously won’t work. Now that might seem totally obvious to you on firsthearing that. But you’d be surprised how many people call me and after speaking withthem for a little while, we soon realise that they made the call predominately for reasons
  18. 18. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 18other than the most crucial reason: them wanting to quit for themselves “my partnerwants me to quit, my husband, my wife, my kids etc etc”. YES, it will be great for themwhen you quit, they will feel better when you quit and yes, you love them, and you’dlove to quit for them. But if you don’t really want to quit for yourself, you probably won’tget the success that you want. And I have turned people away for this reason.Here’s is the reason why the WANT is so important. If you think about it, when a smokerhas come to the point of having decided that they now want to quit, what they areessentially then looking for is something that takes away the cravings. The simple ideabeing:You wouldn’t smoke if you didn’t FEEL like a cigarette right?Of course not. I’m sure you’d agree that any treatment out there has done its job for youto the degree that you feel in control in any moment to make the decision NOT TOSMOKE. If you are still feeling the urge and craving for a cigarette, than you can safelysay that whatever you have tried just hasn’t done its thing for you.I’d like to offer you a simple, yet powerful analogythat will help you decide whether the want is reallythere for you and you’re ready to quit. Think of it likea scale, on the left is the desire to quit, be a non-smoker and get all the obvious benefits that youknow you’re going to get when you quit. On the rightis the perceived pleasure from smoking. Now, aslong as the scale is tipping in favour of the left – it’sthe right time for you to quit. But you see, sometimessmokers might call me or even come to a sessionwhen their scale is really tipping in favour of the right,and they think that the hypnosis will somehow tip itfor them. It will never do that.But you see the connection here is obvious. The more you want to be a non smoker, themore that scale is tipping to the left, the easier it will be to make the DECISION NOT tosmoke, when you don’t feel like it. But the more the scale is in equilibrium the higher thechance of you being in a situation where you don’t feel like a smoke, but you go ‘whatthe heck’ and just have one anyway. I’m sure this is making sense to you.Now obviously every single quit smoking treatment you can think of out there hashelped many people stop smoking, all of them; hypnosis, patches, gum, medication,acupuncture, Allen Carr, public courses etc. if these methods DIDN’T have the capacityto work and if they weren’t in and of themselves effective at getting a result, then theywouldn’t produce a single result for any single person. But the fact that all of the abovemethods produce results every day for many people shows one thing. It’s no a questionof can that particular method work for you, it’s a question of YOUR particular mindsetand preparedness to quit.
  19. 19. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 19I find it a little amusing when people hear about hypnosis as a method for quitting andthey might say something like, “oh, I know someone that tried that and it didn’t work forthem”. They use one or two examples of people who it ‘didn’t work for’ as theirjustification to never try it at all. Imagine if all smokers adopted the same approach forgum, patches and pills. EVERY smoker will know MANY people who have tried theseand have failed. Pretty much everyone I treat has failed on these. Would you say, “oh,patches, gum and medication, I know someone who tried them and it didn’t work”’. Ifsmokers went around with this approach to decide what they personally are going to try– no one would ever use patches, gums or pills ever again! Imagine if we did the samething for other types of treatments like physiotherapy, chiropractic adjustments oracupuncture. “Oh I know someone who tried all that on their sore back and it did nothingfor them, so none of them are going to work for me”. You wouldn’t say this would you?The point I’m trying to make here is don’t let someone else’s experience of ANYTEATMENT, not just hypnosis, sway you in making a decision to attempt somethingthat could definitely work FOR YOU! Just remember, smoking and quitting is apsychological thing. All smokers will attempt different quit methods with different lifesituations, mindsets and internal dialogues and that’s normal. What’s important is thatyou try something that is a good fit for you and where you’re at with someone you feelcomfortable with.At the end of the day, the bottom line is that you are looking for something that will giveyou a sense of control to make the decision NOT to pick up a cigarette. No treatment ormethod in the world is going to guarantee or stop you from reaching out for a cigarette,picking it up and smoking it. Of course not. However once you have found somethingthat takes away that craving for you, all you have to do then is be committed to thisstatement:“If I don’t feel like a cigarette in any given moment, no matter what’shappening around me, I’m just going to decide NOT to have one”.It sounds simple right, but this is what it really comes down to. This is the best possibleoutcome that any smoker could find when quitting.I’m now going explain how this system does exactly this for a smoker.
  20. 20. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 203 Elements That Determine Your SuccessThe three elements that will determine the successof an alternative treatment like this are:1) The actual treatment being a proven systemthat actually works.2) The skill / competency of the therapist toadminister that system.3) The client’s mindset.1. The actual treatment being a proven system that actually worksNow, I’m pretty confident that the first two points above are in place. Firstly, this systemhas been in Australia for more than 10 years, first developed and practiced in the USAand where the high success rate was established. Some people will call wanting toknow if ‘The System Works’ – I KNOW the system works, because it’s worked forthousands of people. This is where I mention what I have already said above; it’s notreally a question of whether it can work for you. If this system didn’t work, then itwouldn’t work for anyone. The fact that it has worked for so many of my clients alreadyis proof that it can also work for you. The real question is; have you come to that point,and do you have the mindset required to allow the system to work for you? That’s theentire point of this report, to give you all the information you need so you can determinefor yourself, if you think you have arrived at this point. Only a smoker knows when theyare ready to quit. It’s a personal journey and as much as loved ones around you maywant you to quit, no one will ever be able to ‘put you in that place’, you have to arrive atthat point for yourself.2. The skill / competency of the therapist to administer that systemI am fully registered and board certified hypnotherapist and a member of TheInternational Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). I pride myself on giving acomprehensive, professional service. I encourage you to call and gauge this foryourself. I have worked in the therapeutic industry for many years. I am alsoprofessionally bound by a code of ethics that I strongly uphold. I’ve been doing thissystem for many years now and have seen more than 500 clients to day. Hence I’mconfident that this element is also addressed.
  21. 21. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 213. The client’s mindsetSo a big contributing factor to the success of this treatment is your mindset. I’ve readymentioned it a few times, and will mention it some more, simply because it’s a veryimportant element here.You need to be ready to ‘let go ofcigarettes’. This is an importantthing to mention. Some smokersmay really like the idea of being anon smoker, but they just aren’tready to quit cigarettes. Now asmoker will know what I mean bythat. Some people will call me andreally want to quit, they really wantto be a non-smoker and gain allthe benefits that come along withbeing a non-smoker, but, theyaren’t ready to walk away fromcigarettes.Well, unfortunately you can’t have one scenario without the other. But sometimes I havepeople call on behalf of a smoker and when I say that to them, they generally don’tunderstand this concept. That is why I always like to speak to the person consideringthe actual treatment to qualify them myself, prior to a booking being made.So it’s important that you’re at that place where you’re ready to cut ties with what youthink has been your ‘little friend’. That thing that has ‘always been there for you’, butreally it isn’t a friend at all. In the end we all know it just stabs you in the back. As I’vealready mentioned above, it’s a huge step to come to that mental place where they areready to leave behind an aspect of themselves that they’ve been doing for some manyyears. Many people have spent their entire adult lives as smokers which has formed avery strong idea that this is part of who they are and it can be a hard thing to leavebehind. And no one is going to tell you when you’re at that point, only you can knowwhen you’re at that point.Now, I’d like you to answer this question for me:Do you believe you are addicted to cigarettes?If you’re like most smokers, you’ve said something like “yes, absolutely” to the abovequestion. Now, I’ll ask you this:Do you think it would be easier to quit cigarettes if you WERE NOT addicted?
  22. 22. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 22Again, if you’re like most people, that question will seem a little strange at first and you’llsay something like, “well, yeah”. Ok, I’m now going to submit to you that what ishappening for you MORE than a chemical, biological addiction to nicotine, is a:Powerful Habit!I’m not going to deny that there are addictive aspects to smoking cigarettes. After all,another definition for addiction is “dependency”. I do believe that smokers arepsychologically dependent on using cigarettes, which is a far more powerful aspect ofsmoking than the physical. Remember we mentioned earlier that studies have shownthat smoking is 20% physical and 80% psychological? It’s this fact that makes hypnosisan effective treatment for quitting once and for all.Let me now share with you some of the things that point to smoking being more HABITthan drug addiction.Firstly, if smoking was all about a ‘nicotine addiction’, then it would stand to reason thatpatches should work 100% of the time for every single person. But they don’t. If yourreplacing your nicotine ‘craving’ with a patch, then why aren’t they 100% effective?Patches have actually been shown to be only 7% effective. That means that 93% ofpeople who try patches to quit fail! You see all nicotine replacement treatments haveone fundamental assumption, which isn’t entirely accurate. That is ‘the only reasonyou’re smoking is because you’re addicted to nicotine, if we can give your body nicotinein another way, other than puffing on a cigarette, you’ll quit’. If that’s true, and I’vealready got nicotine in my body from a patch I’m wearing, than why do I still feel like acigarette? Why do I still want to smoke?The simple fact of the matter is that no amount of nicotine running through your veinswill EVER address the biggest thing keeping a smoker smoking – the PSYCHOLOGY ofsmoking. It’ll never address the ritualistic and habitualness’ around smoking. It’ll neveraddress the psychological connections you’ve got between certain activities andsituations in your day and a cigarette, they just go hand in hand don’t they?And what about second hand smoke? If the chemicals incigarette smoker were truly addictive to the humanbody, than anyone getting second hand smoke for longenough would feel the need to rush outside and have acigarette. But they don’t do that do they? But the smokeis definitely harmful to your body. This has been provenby people contracting second hand illnesses while neverhaving smoked a cigarette in their life. This shows thesmoke is bad for the body, but the smoke itself doesn’tget anyone ‘addicted’. Back when you used to be able tosmoke in bars, clubs and restaurants people whoworked there were surrounded by smoke constantlymay have even contracted illnesses because of it, butthey never started smoking just because they keptbreathing it in.
  23. 23. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 23Also, how do you form a habit? You form a habit by the repetition of an action. They sayit takes roughly 10 draws to finish a cigarette. So if you smoke a pack of 25 cigarettes aday, like most of my clients, that means your doing the action of bringing your fingers toyour lips 250 times a day! What else do you do 250 times a day? Not much I’m sure. Ifyou were to do any action 250 times a day, I’m sure you’d agree that you would have apretty powerful habit in no time at all.This brings me to another very important point worth mentioning at this time. Oftenwhen people try to quit cold turkey or via other methods, they might experience somethings that they will automatically attribute to ‘nicotine withdrawal’. Things like irritability,moodiness, agitation and frustration.Now think about this. If you are so used to doing an action 100, 200, 300 times a day,like brining your fingers to your lips, trying to STOP that all of a sudden is going tocause some irritability, moodiness, agitation and frustration isn’t it? Of course it would.But people will attribute all these effects to ‘nicotine withdrawal’ It’s simply not the case,especially when we all know that the actual chemicals in cigarettes, including nicotine,are completely gone from your body within 2 to 3 days. If that’s so, what could possiblybe causing that agitation days, if not, weeks later? It can’t possibly be the effects ofnicotine. It’s the psychology of smoking that causes this – the exact thing that hypnosisdeals with directly.This is reason for feelings of withdrawal and very soon I’m going to share with youanother reason why you might experience these feelings. Something that I know willshock you!The final factor that I’d like to share with you about drug addiction is this. The numberone indicator of whether or not a drug or chemical is TRULY addictive to the body ornot, is what your body goes through when you STOP taking that drug or chemical all ofa sudden.Now the truly addictive drugs out there are heroin,cocaine and amphetamines. If you’re a daily user ofthese kinds of drugs and you have been for a while andyou stop all of a sudden, your body experiences aSEVERE PHYSICAL TRAUMA! I’ve seen the effects ofthis first hand, and it’s awful! You experience vomiting,nausea, night sweats, heart palpitations, anxiety, panicattacks, delusions, shaking, severe muscle cramps aswell as insomnia. You’ll awake several times in thenight needing a fix.You see their bodies have become so dependent on those drugs; their bodies needthem just to ‘function’, just to ‘feel normal’. And once the drug starts to leave the body,they need more just to keep the withdrawal symptoms away.This is why replacement therapies are very important for a true drug addict. A heroinaddict needs a replacement, synthetic version of heroin, such as methadone to help
  24. 24. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 24their bodies slowly and gradually adapt to functioning without heroin. But a smokerdoesn’t need nicotine to get them off nicotine.Now let me ask you this. Have you ever seen someone go through those kinds ofwithdrawals I mentioned above when they quit cigarettes? Of course not. You might getthe agitation, irritability and headaches, but you don’t physically ‘lose it’. Your body canabsolutely cope fine without nicotine in it.To highlight this fact, I’m sure you can think oftimes where having a cigarette was just out ofthe question and you coped just fine. Taking aflight is a perfect example. Maybe before youstep into the airport you’re puffing away likecrazy, but as soon as you walk in, somethingin your mind just clicks “right, I just can’tsmoke for the next x amount of hours” andyou’re fine. But as soon as that plane pulls upand you’re walking off, you’re mind then goes“click, you can have a cigarette soon” andnow all of a sudden your running over peopleto get outside, but for hours before hand youwere fine.Or maybe you’re one of those ‘secretive smokers’ or maybe you have a job or regularlygo somewhere where smoking just isn’t possible. You’re probably fine in thosesituations, but as soon as you’re on your own, or you jump in the car, step outside –CLICK, you have to have a cigarette.All these examples just show how often a craving for a cigarette is SITUATIONALYtriggered NOT biologically triggered. Because if you a true drug addict, addicted to adrug, it wouldn’t matter whose around or where you are – you need a HIT and yourbody will violently react until it gets it.The fact that woman will often QUIT, just like that when they find out they’re pregnant,also shows how psychological smoking really is. But if that same woman was trulyaddicted to heroin, cocaine or amphetamines, would she be able to quit just like that?NO WAY! She’ll keep using and her baby will be born addicted on his or her birth. Buteven if a woman is not able to quit during her pregnancy, and I have seen a few whohaven’t, her baby is not going to be addicted and withdrawing from nicotine. Obviously,we all know it’s not good for the baby and it can lead to birth defects, but more oftenthan not, they are generally ok. They are experiencing nothing as bad as what theycould be if their mother was on seriously addictive drugs.Why The Body Experiences Withdrawal SymptomsI’m now going to share with you why some people experience any withdrawal symptomsat all. Now I mentioned that when you quit, you might get headaches, become irritable,get dizzy etc. This is actually due to a drop in your blood sugar levels.
  25. 25. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 25I’m about to share with you a simple fact that will shock you.What a lot of people don’t know about cigarettes is this. Soon after tobacco is harvestedfrom the fields, to get rid of that foul, bitter horrible taste of raw tobacco, and to makethem taste ‘smoother’, they dump the leaves into huge vats of SUGAR WATER wheremany flouring agents are added.Find that hard to believe? Well, the below is a simple cut and paste from Wikipedia. Youcan verify the quote below by just going to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CigaretteAdditivesVarious additives are combined into the shredded tobaccoproduct mixtures, with humectants such as propyleneglycol or glycerol, as well as flavouring products andenhancers such as cocoa solids, licorice, tobacco extracts,and various sugars, which are known collectively as"casings". The leaf tobacco will then be shredded, along with aspecified amount of small laminate, expanded tobacco, BL, RL,ES and IS. A perfume-like flavour/fragrance, called the"topping" or "toppings", which is most often formulated by flavorcompanies, will then be blended into the tobacco mixture toimprove the consistency in flavour and taste of the cigarettesassociated with a certain brand name.[31]I’m sure you’re a little shocked right now, along with every other client I tell.I can almost hear the wheels turning in your head right now. This really explains a lotdoesn’t it? Maybe this has something to do with the bad teeth that smokers can get.This is also why smokers stick to their brand of cigarette. 8 to 18% of one cigarette issugar and flavouring agents as mentioned above called “casings”. Brands tastedifferently and attempt to distinguish themselves based on their flavour. I’m sure youdon’t chop and change brands from one day to the next. This is because you get usedto that brands ‘flavour’.So what are the further implications of this fact? Well, if you’re having a packet ofcigarettes a day, that’s a heck of a lot of sugar right? This means that once you stop,you’re blood sugar levels are going to drop. This is when you’ll experience similareffects that diabetics report when their blood sugar levels drop. If you ask any diabeticwhat they feel when their blood sugars are off – headaches, dizziness, shaking hands,moodiness, frustration and irritability. Sounds like a lot of smokers when trying to quitcold turkey right?
  26. 26. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 26Why You Don’t Have To Worry About Gaining WeightHaving mentioned the above interesting fact about cigarettes, this leads me to addressthe common fear that you’ll gain weight once you quit. Why do a lot of people who quitput on weight? Two reasons really. Firstly, when people are trying to quit via any meansother than hypnosis, especially cold turkey, they are essentially looking for any way todeal with a craving other than having a cigarette. So they’ll turn to food. This is acommon ‘quick fix’ solution to keep your hands and mouth busy and distracted.However the second, more important reason isbecause they are subconsciously trying to increasetheir blood sugar levels which have dropped. Noweating a few extra little snacks here and there isn’treally a problem. In fact, it’s pretty much commonknowledge that eating small regular meals isactually beneficial for healthy weight management.The problem is that in most cases people will reachfor unhealthy food and artificial sugars instead ofnatural sugars and then they wonder why they haveput on weight.We are justifying machines by nature and most ofus secretly like to eat junk food, and we can easilyjustify eating it because we have kicked a MUCHMUCH worse habit of smoking cigarettes! Who’sgoing to argue with that?All you have to do is be mindful of this fact and don’tfall into the trap of ‘rewarding’ yourself with foodyour body really doesn’t need.There are two very important things to do once you quit cigarettes, no matter whichmethod you are using. I have already mentioned them in passing, but this is importantand worth mentioning again.1) Have NATURAL Sugars. As you now know, your blood sugar levels are going todrop when you quit. It’s important NOT to replace these sugars with artificial sugars likesoft drinks, energy drinks, chocolates, sweets, desserts etc, but with natural sugars.Things like fruit, fruit juice or honey. Anything naturally sweet is great.Our blood sugar levels have a LOT to do with our moods. Ever noticed what happens tokids when they have too much sugar? They go crazy. It’s why parents are so vigilantabout how much they have. They become hyperactive. Adults are the same. Butbecause we’re older, we know better, we just get more passive instead.Our bodies are very good at knowing what it needs and what it doesn’t. When youintroduce artificial sugar into the body, it knows that it doesn’t need it. So it uses it really
  27. 27. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 27fast and then gets rid of it really fast. Hence the sugar rush and then a crash, whichyou’ll feel in your mood.2) Drink more water. This is a VERY importantelement and I can’t stress this enough. You probablyknow that 75% of our body is water by cellular makeup. But the chemicals in cigarettes actually preventyour cells from absorbing water. This is why smokinghas that aging effect on skin and appearance. Thecigarettes are literally sucking moisture out of yourskin! By quitting cigarettes, you’re cells will absorbMUCH more water and when this happens yourcirculation will dramatically improve, and in a VERYshort period of time. As your circulation improves sowill every single system in your body.What Makes Quitting With Hypnosis so Powerful?There is a combination of things that makes this system so powerful. One of thereasons is the fact that I use your top 3 reasons for quitting. We get absolutely clear onyour specific reasons for coming to see me. So it’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ blanketapproach for everyone. I get your specific reasons and triggers which are then weavedinto the hypnotic script that you experience while in a relaxed trance state.
  28. 28. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 28Some Myths about HypnosisOk, so now I’m going to discuss some of the myths and misconceptions aboutHypnosis. You see, many different things come to mind for people when they hear theword ‘Hypnosis’. This is because most people will recall something they may haveeither seen at a stage show, or on TV. As you can imagine, there is quite a differencebetween hypnosis for entertainment and hypnosis for therapeutic purposes.However they do both have one thing in common,something I have already mentioned; it won’t get you todo something that you don’t already want to do.Whether that’s cluck like a chicken, or quit cigarettes. Iknow this is true because I personally witnessed it once. Iwas watching a show where the hypnotist made asuggestion that when they would open their eyes thepeople on stage would start to act very provocatively as if inan adult film. When he clicked his fingers, the 4 men onstage were acting very funny and entertaining. However theone girl on stage shook her head and refused to participate.You see hypnosis will never make you do something thatyou feel uncomfortable with, goes against your values orwho you are.If you think about it, everyone going to those shows is expecting to be entertained bywatching people doing silly things on stage. Now when the guy on stage inevitably asksfor VOLUNTEERS, do you think shy people are going up there? Of course not. Whatyou’ll find every time is that the people going on stage are the extrovert types. They arethe ones that would be doing the exact same silly things after a few drinks at the pub ona Saturday night. You will NEVER EVER get a shy person on a hypnotist’s stage actingsilly, they’ll be under the table at the back of the room! Let’s not forget also, that oftenthese shows are done at R.S.L Clubs, where people have often had a few drinksanyway. So the ‘stage is set’, so-to-speak for those silly things to unfold.The bottom line is that YOU are in control of your body and mind. Words coming out ofsomeone’s mouth can never make your neurology do something it doesn’t want to do.YOU are always in control to make the decision of whether you’re going to pass themessage of what you’re hearing onto your body, or not.I mean, if hypnosis was some sort of mind control and had the power to make people dothings against their will, some hypnotherapists would probably be robbing all the banks,running parliament and the world right? You see my point I’m sure.The real power of hypnosis is experienced when therapist and client have cometogether to work on a mutually agreed upon outcome. It’s really as simple as that.
  29. 29. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 29Your unconscious mind is in control of your smokingI’m now going to explain the two aspects of the mind and explain how and why hypnosisworks. We all know that there are two parts of the mind, the conscious andunconscious. The conscious part of our minds is that part of the mind that most of uswould describe if we were asked to define our minds. It contains all the frontal lobeaspects of our minds; it does all of our critical thinking, executive decision making andimpulse control, it also has your concept of time – it’s what you use to recall what youdid last year, last month or last week.As much as we like to think it’s our conscious mind that is responsible for our habits, it’snot. Because if it was, you would have woken up one morning and decided that yousimply weren’t going to smoke cigarettes anymore, and that would have been the end ofthat. Everyone would quit cold turkey. Since this hasn’t happened for you, it shows thatthere is something else that is keeping you smoking – and that’s the unconsciousmind.It has been said that only 2-4% of who we are,what we do and our automatic behaviours isgoverned by our conscious mind. That leavesa lot to the unconscious mind. The analogythat is often given to highlight this is theiceberg. Often you can only see a very smallportion from above, but below is just so muchmore.Your unconscious mind has two roles to playin your life. The first is to make your life easierand the second is to protect you – both on aphysical and emotional level. It makes yourlife easier by doing all your day to day tasksthat at first you had to really think about, butover time you don’t have to anymore. Likedriving a car, when you first learnt to drive acar, I’m sure you had to think about everysingle step of the process.However with the combination of time and repetition you can now do multiple thingswhile driving – it’s like another part of you has taken over this task.Your unconscious mind also serves you emotionally and it’s the real reason you’resmoking. You see, back when you had your first cigarette, chances are, your consciousmind was saying how disgusting it was, the coughing, the taste. You probably wonderedhow anyone could do such a thing. However, on an emotional level you would havebeen saying the complete opposite to yourself. Things like; ‘Aren’t I cool, I look older,people I look up to smoke, my parents smoke, everyone’s doing it, I don’t want to be anerd, I’m such a rebel, look at me’ etc. I’m sure if you thought back, you would be ableto remember some emotional benefits at the time you started, otherwise there wouldhave been no reason to continue smoking right?
  30. 30. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 30Your unconscious mind has very black and white thinking. When it comes across a newexperience in its development, it simply asks itself “is this good or bad for me? Thissmoking thing, should I keep this up or not? Well since I’m getting all these goodpositive feelings, this smoking thing must be a good thing”. So in that moment, yourunconscious mind decided that smoking was a good thing. It will hang onto the reality ofthis decision until you can effectively communicate with the unconscious mind and giveit a powerful new story, the one that you now want to experience.The hypnosis is like a reprogram of the subconscious mind’s relationship to smokingcigarettes and quitting. The way you as the client then FEEL this reprogramming, is bywalking out and just feeling differently about smoking. You don’t have direct access tothis part of your mind during your day to day functioning. Both your conscious andunconscious minds are separated by a barrier the keeps them apart. This barrier we callthe Critical Faculty and it can be bypassed but only with your participation and byfollowing the very simple relaxation instructions at the start.It is the thinking and current programming ofunconscious mind which is actually keepingyou smoking, not an addiction to nicotine.This is why the traditional methods forquitting often don’t get you the success youwant and can leave you high and dry in theprocess of trying. Traditional methods forquitting cigarettes, the N.R.T’s, as mentionedalready, are all based on the assumption thatthe only reason you are smoking is becauseyou’re a drug addict addicted to nicotine. Ifyou’re able to satisfy this aspect of smokingin another way, you’ll quit. It’s important toremember now that the chemical addiction tonicotine is only 20% of the smoker’s plight.What about the remaining 80%?This is why some people who are trying to quit will report having a kind of mental tug ofwar, ‘part’ of them wants to quit (that is, the conscious mind), but another ‘part’ isdrawing them to cigarettes (the unconscious mind). This is because your unconsciousmind thinks it’s serving you emotionally by smoking. It is still trapped back in themindset it created when you first learnt to smoke. Your unconscious mind is trapped inthe fantasy that smoking is beneficial for you, like a child manipulating their parents toget what they want. Hypnosis is a powerful tool to directly tap into this part of your mind.It won’t fell like we’re speaking to your unconscious mind, but you will KNOW thatsomething was going on when you open you’re eyes and suddenly you feel completelydifferent about doing that thing.
  31. 31. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 31What You Can Expect While Being In TranceTo help break down the myths around hypnosis even further, it’s important to share withyou EXACTLY what you can expect and what NOT to expect while experiencing ahypnotic trance. To be honest, hypnosis can be described in 3 simple words:RELAXED, FOCUSED, ATTENTION.To go into more detail, firstly, you’re not going to ‘feel hypnotised’. That’s right, there’snothing to sit and ‘wait for’, there’s no particular ‘thing’ to wait for. All it will feel like toyou, all it would look like if someone were to be looking on, is your eyes are closed,you’re really relaxed and you’re just listening to someone talk and talk and talk to you.Almost as if someone is reading you a bed time story.You might feel really light, or you might feel really heavy. This is just a personal thing.There is no right or wrong way to experience relaxation in a chair and whateverhappens for you will be perfect for you. There’s no need to over analyse the process.Most people at the end will however report a kind of ‘relaxation paralyses’, where theymay have felt like they couldn’t move. They might say their arms and legs felt like stone.You might have the experience of feeling like you can’t move. But you always know thatyou could move if you wanted to. In fact, at any moment, you could open your eyes, getup and walk out if you want to.You see, this is the power of suggestion and the power ofbeing in a state of allowing. You ALWAYS have thechoice whether or not you’re going to allow yourself to gowith the flow or not. The power of hypnosis really comesfrom the well established and documented closerelationship between your mind and body. Your body andneurology listens to YOU, NOT A HYPNOTHERAPIST.The only question is, are you going to pass on thesuggestions you are hearing to your body or not. Simpleexamples of this power are easy for me to see in that ifyou are following along with the suggestions that you’rehearing such as . . . ‘going deeper and deeper, more andmore relaxed’ . . . . then you might open your eyes andfind that your head is low and your chin is on your chestwhereas when you started your head was up high. This isone sign of the power of suggestion.You’re not going to fall ‘asleep’, wake up and have some sort of amnesia. Even thoughthe word ‘sleep’ is often used during the stage shows, no one is ever actually ‘sleeping’,it only seems that way. As a matter of fact, you are totally aware of everything that ishappening around you at all times. This includes the sounds in the room, outside theroom, the sound of the therapist’s voice, perhaps the music that might be playing, thefeeling of the chair, temperature of the room etc.You will be aware of thoughts going in and out of your mind, and this is also verynormal. Some people might say that they have a hard time relaxation, or perhaps thatthey have a mind that goes ‘a million miles and hour’. This is also totally fine and ok.
  32. 32. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 32Often these are the sort of clients that get the most profound experience. As long as youare able to follow instructions and keep most of your attention on what is being said andhow it is being said, you’ll naturally drift into that ‘there, but you’re not’ kind of state.For those who might have racing minds, I actuallyemploy some strategies that enhance you’reability to pay attention. A part from the generalinduction techniques at the start, I will alsoengage you in some interaction. No words areneeded, but they are simple things like askingyou to nod your head here and there, asking youto visualise, imagine or picture a particular eventof thing, and then nod your head again, and soon. These techniques assist in keeping yourattention during certain moments of the hypnosis.However, since we are dealing with the subconscious mind anyway, it doesn’t matter ifsome mind wondering happens, a bit of this is inevitable. The part of you which reallyneeds to hear what is being said, will take in exactly what it needs to.Another thing that will NOT happen during a hypnosis session is that you will not findyourself doing something or saying something that you don’t want to say or do. This hasalready been addressed above, but it’s important to reiterate that YOU are in control theentire time.At the end of the day however, everyone experiences hypnosis a little differently. It’shard to say exactly how you’re going to experience it. Most people, at the very least, willreport a very deep feeling of relaxation. If you’re some one who practices some form ofrelaxation techniques, you may have an experience of ‘going deeper’, but it reallymakes no difference to your success. As you’ll soon read from the common questionspeople ask, you’re not going to get stuck in hypnosis – it’s not actually possible, just likeyou can’t get stuck in a daydream or one of those vacant gazes you probably go in andout of every day.The ‘Make or Break’ Ways Of ListeningThis next section is very important indeed, and it’s the way that someone is listeningwhile being in trance. The way that you are internally reacting to what is being said toyou is very important. It’s basically that internal discussion with yourself. This really canbe a make or break factor when it comes to the success of hypnosis.You see, when I share with people what I do, some people will ask me; “can anyone behypnotized? I can’t be hypnotized, not everyone can be hypnotized”.
  33. 33. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 33People will often say this when they have a misconception of what hypnosis ACTUALLYIS, because if they knew what it was, they wouldn’t be asking this. However, I sharewith them the simple fact that being in a hypnotic trance is a very normal, natural state,you drift in and out of through the day often, and you just don’t realize it.You don’t use the words, “opps, sorry I was in ahypnotic trance, can you repeat that?” Ofcourse not. You say things like, “sorry I was inthe zone, I tuned out, I was a million milesaway, off with the pixies, lights were on but noone’s home”. I’m sure you can relate to manysituations like this. Perhaps while watching TV.You might be watching a movie or yourfavourite show, you’re SO into what you’rewatching, you don’t even hear someone callingyour name in the next room, it’s like they aren’teven there until they come and clip you on theears and you ‘snap out of it’, What have you‘snapped out of’?, a hypnotic trance.Or maybe you’re reading a book, you’re so into the plot of what you’re reading, the restof the world just seems to ‘fade away’.Here’s an interesting little thing I’d like to add to that TV example. It is the mostcommonly used thing for bringing people into a ‘trance-like state’, and advertisingcompanies know this and use it to their advantage all the time. When you’re in a trance,you become more suggestible. This is why it’s no surprise to see TV commercials thatare very closely related to the subject matter of whatever it is that you are watching.This is no accident but strategic. You might be watching car racing and so theadvertisements will be about car insurance, or auto parts. If you’re watching a cookingshow, pots and pans will be advertised, a weight loss show will be followed by gym orsupplement advertisements etc.The most common example of a hypnotic trance iswhen you’re driving, perhaps a long distance driveand then all of a sudden you go, “oh, shoot, I wassupposed to take that last turn off, where am Igoing?”. Or you might get to your destination andyou suddenly realize, you don’t remember theroute you took, you just got there.This driving example shows two things, firstly is acompletely safe state for you to be in because youcan actually be driving and be completelyelsewhere. Secondly, YOU’RE IN CONTROL.Because if a person were to step out in front of youwhile in this state, you don’t run them over, you‘snap’ out of it.
  34. 34. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 34The above example shows that you’re conscious mind is always present during thesesituations, not completely gone. It’s always there ready to immediately take action incase of any emergency, perceived or real, to bring you right back into the moment.I use these examples of day to day trance to highlight to people that being in this stateis a normal thing that happens often. So the question doesn’t become CAN youexperience a hypnotic trance? But how resistant are you to allowing someone else’svoice guide you into that state, in a particular moment in time?You see, the only difference between the kinds of trance I just described above, and thetrance that someone experiences in hypnosis, is the ‘object of attention’. Instead of itbeing the road, a book, or a TV screen, it’s someone’s voice, what they’re saying andhow they’re saying it.It’s all simply a matter of an individual’s level of resistance while participating. Somepeople are very allowing, very non-resistant and they just go with the flow so well theyexperience the result very powerfully and may feel like they’ve always been a non-smoker and not even think about it. Other people may have some form resistance thatis standing in the way of the result.Luckily, the most common form of resistance is also the most easily addressed and thatis, the way you’re listening.For hypnosis to be successful we have to attempt to remove all unhelpful mentalbarriers between what is being said, and the way you are receiving the message. We allknow that we go through our daily lives filtering and judging all the information that wegather from our senses and this usually serves us very well if it is a helpful filter orbarrier. However in hypnosis, there are some ways of listening that are not so helpful.This is important because as you know that whensomeone is talking to us, we are always listening totwo things really. One is the words that person issaying; the other is what we are saying to ourselvesabout what we are hearing. It’s important to realisethat this will not stop during your time in a hypnotictrance. But as mentioned already, because yourconscious mind isn’t completely gone, then you dohave some control over the flavour or nature of thatinternal dialogue.There are 4 potential ways of listening while being in the hypnotic state and only oneway will give you the success you want and that is the first way of listening:1) Positive ReinforcementThis may seem a little obvious, but the way you want to be listening should seem verynormal and natural when you hear the suggestions about becoming a non-smoker. Youwant to be listening in a positive, accepting and reinforcing way. All you really have todo is sprinkle what you’re hearing with some positive energy. You might say things to
  35. 35. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 35yourself like, “Yeah, I like the idea of that, that sounds good to me, I look forward to that,that’s what I want”. Quite simple really.The next 3 ways of listening are ways that you would want to avoid.2) Disagreeing or ChallengingFor example, if I were to say a suggestion like “smoking is horrible, disgusting, you don’twant it, you don’t like it and you don’t need it”, you don’t want to be saying things toyourself like. “hmm . . . I don’t know about that, I don’t mind one with a drink, it’s not allbad, here and there is ok”. It’s the kind of listening where you are negating andinternally qualifying what you are hearing, which is essentially trying to lead you towardsthe result that you have intentionally come to experience anyway.3) An Unmotivated Way of ListeningThis kind of listening doesn’t happen often, but it can happen so it’s important tomention here. If someone has come for a session to predominately please someoneelse, perhaps a wife, husband, partner, family member, parent etc, but THEY don’t wantto quit for themselves, it could translate in the way they are listening. If this is the case,someone might be listening saying to themselves “yeah, yeah, of course I want to be anon-smoker, whatever, blah blah blah”. They might walk out actually feeling differently,not having a craving, but if the want wasn’t truly there, they’ll just look for the firstexcuse to just pick up a cigarette so they can then say to the person they came for,“You see, I told you so, I tried and it didn’t work, are you happy? Now leave me alone”.4) Desperation of HopeThe final possible way of listening can be a tricky one. Someone people are SOinvested in the outcome, they are SO desperate for the outcome, they might be sitting inthe hypnosis chair listening along, desperately HOPING it works, HOPING it happens,HOPING they quit. When you hope for something, there is a part of you that isexpecting failure. This is something you want to try and minimise as much as possible.In my experience the people who fall into this category, are those that might feel theyhave left quitting just a little too late. Maybe they just got the dreaded diagnosis of somesmoking related illness and then all of a sudden they just NEED to see meYESTERDAY! This kind of listening can produce a ball or knot of stress and tension thatsimply goes against the flow of the relaxation which hypnosis predominately is.
  36. 36. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 36What Can I Expect After A Session?Once you’re session is complete and you leave, you’ll experience one of 5 possibleoutcomes:* About 20% of people will feel like they have never even been a smoker! The feelings,thoughts and relationship to smoking and cigarettes are just SO different, it’ll feel likethey’ve never even had one.* Another 40% of people, most people will fall into the next category, will feel verysimilar, but they may get a very controllable fleeting thought here and there aboutsmoking. You may be doing something where in the past you would usually be having acigarette and you’ll actually notice that you aren’t smoking. This may feel like a kind of‘adjustment period’ for you. You can’t necessarily stop the thought of smoking cominginto your mind, no better than you can stop the idea of a white bear coming into yourmind . . . . . . . what did you just think of? A white bear right? But what hypnosis does do,is it address the crawling, craving feeling to want to ACT on that fleeting thought. Itaddresses that escalating urge to smoke.Some people have said to me that, they almost feel like they should be smoking, butthey just don’t want or feel like having one. It’s kind of like a new experience for somepeople to be just going through the motions of their day without a cigarette betweentheir fingers, so it gets their attention. So the thought will leave your mind as quickly as itcame. As time goes by your memories as a smoker will just fade away more and more.* Another 30% need to be careful and vigilant, not to betricked or manipulated into having ‘just a puff’, or beingcoaxed into having ‘just one’. At the end of the day, ifyou’re looking for a reason to start again, you’ll find onein no time. But if you really want to be a non smoker,you’ll stick to this decision. Some times you might tell anold smoking buddy that you’ve quit, and they might say,“oh, come on, you can have one, a puff won’t hurt, youcan quit tomorrow “.DON’T LET THIS TRICK YOU. A PUFF AWAY FROMA PACK A DAY!!Often smokers who do that are just frustrated THEYhaven’t been able to quit and so they just want to seeyou joining in so THEY don’t feel as bad about smoking.You’ve heard the old saying ‘misery loves company’right?* Another 5% probably never really wanted to quit and might have just come along toplease someone else.
  37. 37. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 37*Another 5% may need to come back for that completely free second session andthat’s totally fine, no matter when it is, all you have to do is come back.The Final Secret Ingredient To QuittingThis is a simple, but profound thing. I’ve also touched on this already, but I want toelaborate on it here. Just DECIDE that you are going to quit. Now this might sound sillyand simple, but it’s important to mention. The word ‘decide’ is a powerful word. It comesfrom that group of words like homicide, pesticide, suicide. It means to ‘kill’, to ‘kill off’.When you DECIDE to quit cigarettes, you’re essentially ‘killing off’, the option of everentertaining the idea of having one ever again.Let me share with you why this is SUCH an important concept. What I have found in theyears and hundreds of clients that I’ve seen up to now, for the ones who do need tocome back for that second session, I always notice a common theme. When I ask themif they had a huge overwhelming craving for a cigarette in that moment that they hadone, almost always they’ll say “well, not really, BUT . . . “ and they’ll go onto describeeither one of two scenarios.1) Alcohol was involved. This is verycommon amongst the few that need thesecond session. They’ll be out andabout, having a few drinks, socialisingand they’ll say. . “hmmm . . . . . I’m ok,it’s been a while, I’m in control, maybe Ican have just one sneaky little puff” andthem BOOM! They are back on thembefore they know it! What I say to everyone is that once you have done thesession and feel great, you have to treatit like a recovering alcoholic. They can’tjust have a nip, or a little. It’s all ornone, and quitting cigarettes is theexact same thing.As much as some smokers would like to wish there was some treatment out there thatwill make a full time smoker a part time, social smoker, there just isn’t. What you’ll findwith social smokers is that they have ALWAYS BEEN SOCIAL SMOKERS! I haven’tmet a social smoker yet that used to smoke a pack a day but now smokes just a fewhere and here. Once you’ve jumped over that side of the fence, you have to make thedecision whether you’re ready to quit completely or not.We all know what alcohol does, it reduces your decision making ability. So people mightbe inclined to do something, like have a cigarette, when they otherwise wouldn’t have.2) Some emotional moment, often an emotional low. This is the second most commonscenario that brings about the need for a second session. This is where some
  38. 38. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 38unexpected or lingering moment of an emotional low was present, and the person saidto themselves something like “bugger this, I’m just going to smoke”, or, “to hell with this,give me a fag”.You see sometimes we experience certain unwanted situations and emotions where weare feeling so bad, that we’ll do anything at all to bring us to some better feeling place,like smoke a cigarette. Even though, they might not have had a craving for a cigarette,they just wanted to feel something else in that moment and somehow they thought acigarette was going to bring them to that better feeling place.Getting back to the importance of decision, in both cases mentioned above, the persondidn’t have a craving for a cigarette, but they just DECIDED to have one. They werebasically in a situation where they could have gone without, but they had one anyway.The important thing to reiterate here is that no quit smoking treatment will ever stop youfrom deciding to have a cigarette, obviously. There’s just too much free will involved.The basic fundamental aim of ALL quit smoking treatments is to give you a sense ofcontrol, no matter what situation you’re in, to decide not to smoke. That treatment hasreally done its job to the degree that you feel this control. That’s all it really comes downto.This is what hypnosis does in a nut shell. It leaves you with a sense of control, a senseof empowerment that makes it easy to decide not to have one, even though you mightbe in a situation where having one might seem totally justified.Furthermore, on this topic of decision, I’d like to add one last point. It amuses me when Ihear about or see articles, scientific journals or studies that are comparing the ‘Long-term effectives of this quit treatment over that treatment over that treatment etc’.We have already established that smoking is more of a powerful habit, rather than adrug addiction. Science has shown that it takes exactly 21 days to break a habit.Basically, if you have gone for this long without doing a particular habitual action, youhave broken that habit. I know FOR A FACT, that if anyone has gone for more than 21days without smoking a cigarette but they started up again, it wasn’t because they had acraving for a cigarette, it’s because they decided to have one. Have you gone for morethan 21 days? If so, think back to the situation where you started again? Could youhave gone without in the moment? It makes no difference whatsoever what method gotyou to 21 days, what got you there pretty much ‘worked’. Treatments and methods forquitting don’t vary from one to another in terms of reducing or increasing one’s ability toexercise their free will to pick up a cigarette at all. It’s up to the individual’s commitmentto decide not to pick one up, not on what they used to quit. Hypnosis can make that 21days just seem so much easier than the rest.Sometimes I get clients who say, “I tried hypnosis and it was great, it lasted 6 months”,or a year, or two years etc. I say to them. Hypnosis isn’t necessarily ‘working’ on you forthat amount of time, it basically ‘worked’ from the moment you opened your eyes and nolonger felt like a cigarette. You were just committed to your decision NOT to smoke for 3months, or a year or 2 years etc. I’m sure this is making a lot of sense to you.
  39. 39. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 39PART III - SMOKING, HOW BAD IS IT?This section addresses some facts and information about cigarettes and smoking. Now Iknow many of you might have ‘heard it all before’. But when it comes to the negativeimpact that cigarettes have and someone has come to that point where they seriouslywant to quit, it can be a good thing to remind ourselves of all the negative aspects ofsmoking. It can make quitting that much better don’t you think? Now a lot of theresearch I’ve done and the figures I’ll present here are from the USA, but I’m sure it’s apretty good reflection of what would be happening here in Australia as well.Some Tarred FactsResearch shows that the more and better informed people are about smoking, thehigher their chance of quitting. At the moment it is estimated that over 1 billion people inthe world smoke – that’s one in 3 adults on the planet are smokers!The following statistics and figures have come from the National Health InterviewSurvey (NHIS), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Centre forHealth Statistics in the USA. One out of every five deaths is caused by tobacco use. An average of 440,000 Americans die each year from tobacco use. Tobacco is blamed for many seriouspulmonary and cardiovasculardiseases. Tobacco and nicotine are some of themost potent carcinogens and are toblame for a majority of all cancers ofthe lung, trachea, bronchus, larynx,and oesophagus. Tobacco use also produces cancers in the pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. Impotency is sometimes also experienced in male smokers because of its abilityto reduce blood flow. Smoking is an important risk factor for respiratory illnesses, causing 85,000deaths per year from pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonarydisease and pneumonia. Children and adolescents who are active smokers will have increasingly severerespiratory illness, as they grow older.
  40. 40. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 40 Smoking during pregnancy causes about 5-6% of prenatal deaths, 17-26% oflow-birth-weight births, and 7-10% of pre-term deliveries, and it increases the riskof miscarriage and fetal growth retardation. Cigarettes are responsible for about 25% of deaths from residential fires, causingnearly 1,000 fire-related deaths and 3,300 injuries each year. The average smoker will spend $100,000 on cigarettes in their lifetime. Smoking cigarettes is the number one most preventable cause of death in theworld. The average smoker willreduce their lifespan by 14years by smoking cigarettes. If you continue smoking youhave a one in two chance ofdying from it. If you smoke more than 25cigarettes a day, you are 25times more likely to die fromcancer and almost twice aslikely to die from heartdisease. Each cigarette on averagetakes 11 minutes off yourlife. Fifty diseases are caused bysmoking. Twenty of themare fatal. Nicotine itself is a colourless oily compound and if you were to inject it directlyinto your bloodstream you would die almost instantly. Nicotine’s natural function in plants of the nightshade family is as an anti-herbivore chemical to prevent the plant being eaten. This is why nicotine hasbeen widely used in the past as an insecticide. Keep this in mind next time yousmoke a cigarette or as you try to quit smoking.
  41. 41. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 41Exactly What Are You Inhaling?I’m sure you’d agree that they are some pretty alarming facts and figures. When asmoker inhales cigarette smoke the surface area of the lungs allows the nicotine to passinto the blood stream almost immediately. This is the nicotine "hit" that smokers are saidto crave. There is, however a lot more to cigarette smoke than just the nicotine. In fact,there are more than 4,000 chemical substances that make up cigarette smoke, many ofthem toxic.Cigarette smoke is composed of 43 carcinogenic substances. More than 400 othertoxins that are in smoke are also in wood varnish, nail polish remover, and rat poison.As you can imagine an accumulation of these substances over time in the body and cancause serious illnesses and disease to the heart and lungs. Some of the chemicals incigarettes include: Benzene - A poisonous gas found in petrol fumes known to causeleukaemia, Butane - Lighter fuel. Ethanol - Used in anti-freeze. Methanol - Used inrocket fuel. Ammonia - Used in many cleaning products. Acetone - Used in paintstripper. Cadmium - Used in car batteries, known to cause cancer. Arsenic - Poison.Toluene - Industrial solvent.As most of us already know, cancer is the most common disease associated withsmoking. It’s the cause of 90% of lung cancer cases and is related to 30% of all cancerdeaths. Some smoking-related cancers include cancers of the mouth, pancreas, urinarybladder, kidney, stomach, oesophagus, and larynx to name a few.
  42. 42. QuitWithNick www.quitwithnick.com.au Call 1300 883 272Post your success stories to my blog at: www.quitwithnick.com.au/blog 42Besides cancer, smoking is also related to several other diseases of the lungs.Emphysema and bronchitis can be fatal and 75% of all deaths from these diseases arelinked to smoking.Cigarette smoke isn’t just harmful to smokers, but also to passive smokers. Thedangers of breathing in second-hand smoke are well known. All sorts of healthproblems are related to breathing in second-hand smoke. Children are especiallysusceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoke because their internal organs are stilldeveloping. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more vulnerable to asthma,sudden infant death syndrome, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.Smoking can also be dangerous for unborn children. It’s been found that mothers whosmoke are more likely to suffer from miscarriages, bleeding and nausea. Researchshows that babies of smoking mothers have reduced birth weights or may bepremature. These babies are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome andmay also have lifelong health problems due to chest infections and asthma.It is never too late to give up smoking, even people who have smoked for 20 or moreyears can experience significant health benefits from giving up the habit.The key to success is deciding you want it and thenbacking that up with the right mindset!

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