Smoking is an addictive habit that individuals can find hard to give up even when they really want to.
When tobacco is smoked, the recipient receives a burst of nicotine. This causes a pleasure sensation in the brain, which creates both a physical and psychological addiction. Nicotine addiction is on a par to heroin addiction.
To have the best results from the nicotine, it needs to be inhaled.
Once the nicotine is inhaled it goes into the lungs, where it is then delivered to the brain.
The strength of the nicotine effect is dependent on the speed of delivery as well as the amount of nicotine consumed.
Some health effects from smoking:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Heart disease - 2x more likely
• Aortic aneurysm - 4x more likely
• Respiratory cancer - lung cancer 20x more likely
• Non respiratory cancer - pancreatic cancer 2x more likely
• Respiratory illness - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Damage to the foetus from smoking mothers
• Premature death - reduction of 6 years in men and 5.5 years in women. Men who are found to smoke over the age of 35 1:4 chance of dying
• before 65, compared to 1:9 who have never smoked. This means that 51% of men and 45% of women who smoke will die prematurely.
This therapy is designed to get individuals to look at their relationship to smoking.
Once and individual has dealt with their emotional connection to smoking and so released their dependence upon it emotionally it is then easier to actually cut smoking out of their life.
This process is spread over several weeks and there are activities that have to be completed at home. These activities are then discussed in the following session.
It is therefore essential for a person to do any activities asked of them in order for the process to work.