Time to Quit the Habit?

Time to Quit the Habit?

I guess it was only a matter of time before proper research was carried out into the chemical composition of the vapour produced by an e-cigarette or a vape.

According to a study carried out by the Japanese Ministry of Health and printed recently by The Guardian newspaper, one particular brand of e-cigarette had 10 times more carcinogens than a cigarette. When the wire in the vape device overheats, more carcinogens appear to be produced. The particular carcinogen being studied was formaldehyde – a chemical used for embalming dead bodies, amongst other things. It is categorised as a class 2 mutagen and a class 1B carcinogen.

The study also found that e-cigarettes can fuel potentially life-threatening drug-resistant pathogens. This discovery comes from a lab study that tested the vapor from e-cigarettes on live methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and human cells. Even Vaporfi, manufacturers of Vape devices, whilst trying to minimize the seriousness of this, could not dispute it.

The other concern with e-cigarettes is that it may be a gateway into a habit that youngsters may not have bothered with otherwise. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated: “More than a quarter of a million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used electronic cigarettes in 2013.”  In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) advised governments to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to underage people because they posed a serious threat to them.

The UN health agency said that although there’s a lack of evidence regarding the damage caused by e-cigarettes, there was still enough evidence “to caution children and adolescents, pregnant women, and women of reproductive age” about their use. They also added that e-cigs should be outlawed from indoor public spaces.

So why am I telling you this? We all know smoking is dangerous to our health. We all know that 30% of cancer deaths are caused by smoking; and for every person that dies from a smoking related illness, there are 30 more living with chronic smoking related conditions. And although smoking is at its lowest ever rate,o still 1 in 6 adults d it. And youngsters pick up the habit every day too.  Some are trying to quit with the use of E-cigarettes, but they are proving to be just as deadly.

So why do they do it? Many of these smokers will use the physical addiction excuse. I can’t give up, it’s harder to give up cigarettes than it is to give up heroin. But the fact is, the half life of nicotine in the system (the time when the craving for a cigarette will be strongest) is just 45 minutes. If you can get through that, it will never be that bad again. Smoking is not a physical addiction, it is a mental one. Which is why hypnotherapy is so effective at dealing with it. By understanding what is happening in your brain, how your habit was set up in the first place, and how our primitive brain uses emotional blackmail with all the skill of a teenager after a new iPhone, you can make an intellectual decision not to smoke, and stick to it.

Yesterday was National No Smoking Day, and to celebrate I am offering a discount on all quit smoking sessions booked in March. For information and to book your appointment, please contact me by email to info@lesleyleachhypnotherapy.com or call me on 07769 940894.

Lesley Leach Hypnotherapy – providing hypnotherapy services to Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester, Ledbury, Leominster, Ross on Wye and the surrounding areas.