Reader: The stigma attached to smoking is saving a lot of lives

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Yep, we all know.
The main argument for quitting smoking is that it's bad for you; indeed, the evidence is well documented. That's perhaps why a lot of people who don't smoke have a hard time understanding why smokers continue to smoke despite the risks -- and certainly plenty of those people used the opportunity of Michael Douglas possibly continuing to smoke despite his cancer to reiterate that smoking is bad for you. Reader Barry Moore, though he's obviously plugging his own business and is somewhat excessively fond of quotation marks, offers a slightly more nuanced take.

Hi Jeff - I too agree the "moral majority" should "butt out", but as a Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Hypnotherapist who has helped many people quit smoking, I'd like to point out the one sentence in your article that "hits the nail right on the head" -- "no matter how many reasons I may have to quit, I'm just not going to do it until my desire to quit overcomes my dread of quitting." The key is DREAD of quitting... I think that for most smokers it isn't so much that they enjoy it, but that they fear quitting.

Unfortunately the "addiction" is much less chemical that the media would lead us to believe. If it was really about "nicotine" the "nicotine replacement therapies" wouldn't leave people so badly still wanting to smoke. From what I've observed with my clients, it's more about the habit and the "emotional" connections that they have associated with smoking.

Ask most smokers to really pay attention to how it feels as they smoke for about a week, and they will realize they really don't like it, but rather that they are hooked to it. That hook is the unconscious associations that they have associated with smoking which is why hypnosis (when done correctly) can be so effective in helping people quit.

While I'm not one for running someone else's life, I will say that the "stigma" attached to smoking is likely saving a lot of lives. "I feel like an outcast" is the #2 reason (right behind I'm experiencing some heath problem) that people come to see me to quit smoking. It's ironic because many of those same people became smokers to be accepted by a peer group in school.

Barry Moore, MNLP, CH
Smoking Cessation Specialist

Thanks, Barry. When I get ready to quit smoking, I'll keep that in mind.

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Nosmo King

Fair enough... let's leave Mr Douglas to his smoking and his suffering. In fact he could do the world a great service if he were to allow a documentary film-maker access to him as he decends into the ugly painful nightmare of slow smoking-related death. Because, let's face it, he's a star, known to billions, and people take notice of him and would be interested. And if he saved the suffering of just one kid... just one kid who saw him dyng because of smoking and decided not to smoke because of it... he could die with the knowledge that his life was worthwhile. http://blog.hypnotherapy-quit-...

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