You already know that quitting smoking has enormous health benefits. One would have to be from another
planet to not know. And if you're reading this I'm going to assume you're from Earth.
Maybe there are some things you haven't thought about though. Certainly you've heard that smoking greatly increases your chance for heart attack, stroke, and lung cancer. But have you given consideration to what that really means?
Have you ever known anyone personally who's had a stroke? Have you seen how they live? Problems with paralysis, speech, walking, concentrating, and more. Have you thought about how different your life would be if one side of your body was paralyzed and you can't say what you want to say? And with many stroke victims these are permanent effects, not temporary.
Have you thought about not being able to get on your computer? Some types of strokes can render your brain's ability to connect with your fingers on the keyboard useless. It's the same connection as inability to talk normally. It affects the same part of the brain that does writing and typing. You can't even write out a message.
What about other things you like to do? Well whether it's going to a kids' Little League game or college football game or a party or maybe just a walk in a park or on a beach, you may not be able to do it. You could find being extremely difficult or even impossible to do even simple things like walking into a restaurant.
And that's just a stroke. Ever known anyone that's had a mid to severe heart attack? It knock them on their butts and with some it's permanent. A heart attack can cut off vital blood flows to various organs. If this happens for anything but a short amount of time then a heart attack victim can end up with kidney, liver, and other permanent damage. Not to mention that the heart itself is damaged and to what extent determines your future which may affect your energy levels, breathing, and much, much more.
We're human beings and that means we have a tendency to bury these types of cold hard facts in the far reaches of our minds. But every smoker has to face them at some time or another.
The big question is this: If you don't die early then are you prepared to live on with the consequences of your actions now? Are you ready to possibly live a life as described above?
As if those are not good enough reasons to stop smoking then also be sure to take these under consideration:
- Your blood pressure will drop within the first hour. Smokers typically have higher BP.
- In the same day your oxygen levels increase. This gives you more energy, increases blood flow, helps heart rate.
- Your chance of a heart attack starts to decrease within 2 days, how cool is that?
- In 3-4 days your bronchial tubes will ease and open up and you'll experience even more energy and vigor.
- In an average of 6 months your breathing problems will get better, you'll cough and wheeze less and the capacity of oxygen in your lungs will increase by 10-15%.
- And dig this: In 3 to 9 months coughing, wheezing, and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
- In 12 months you'll have a 50% less chance of a heart attack
- Your chance of having a stroke drops to that of a non-smoker after 5 years
- Within 10 years your chance of lung cancer returns to a level of non-smokers have.
- Your chance of having a heart attack will return to what someone who doesn't smoke has after 15 years
And we haven't even talked about the cost: If you smoke one pack a day at $5 a pack (more in many states/cities) then you spend $150 a month. That's $1,800 a year! What could you do with an extra $1,800? And if you're a 2-person household of smokers then how much would an extra $3,600 a year help you?
Obviously it's my belief that hypnosis is the best way to quit. And I have a track record that proves it. But with all sincerity, please quit smoking. No matter what method you feel that will work for you just do it. And remember to not get discouraged. Statistically people are successful on their 2nd or 3rd try. Don't give up. If you slip, take note as to what happened. Learn from it. Address it. And then get back on your horse.
By Dr. John Gullo Ed.D., P.A.
DABP&H, DAPPA, LMHC
Advanced Medical Hypnosis
Dr. John Gullo has been practicing clinical psychology and medical hypnosis for 40+ years. He has been a training supervisor for the internationally respected Albert Ellis Institute (NYC) and a university graduate school professor.
His contributions and work in the field of psychology have earned Diplomatic Status from the American Board of Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy and the American Psychological Practitioner’s Association. He is also a Platinum Recipient of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. His practice in Tampa specializes in hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, weight loss, stress relief, anxiety and depression, fears and phobias. Learn more about Dr. Gullo here.
"I’ve been practicing clinical psychology and medical hypnosis for over 40 years. After helping thousands of people, I possess extensive experience in hypnotherapy services that solve life issues from depression to anxiety, pain control, stress relief, weight loss, smoking cessation and much more."
Dr. John M. Gullo
Dr. John Gullo Ed.D., P.A.
DABP&H, DAPPA, LMHC