Over the past few years, the secondhand smoke debate has been discussed and debated endlessly. Here in Ontario Canada, the government just implemented legislation to ban people from smoking in all public places including bars and restaurants.
The new tobacco control legislation, called the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, as well as banning people from smoking in public places, prohibits smokers from smoking at their work place as well.s
There have been dozens of scientific studies linking secondhand to everything from asthma to heart disease Glo Carts . Yet the biggest and most controversial “affect” of secondhand smoke has been its link to cancer.
But is there scientific proof that secondhand smoke actually causes cancer in non-smokers? The short answer, no.
One of the most widely used studies on the effects of secondhand smoke was done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a report titled Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoke: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders, published in 1992. Based on information at that time, the reported concluded that secondhand smoke is responsible for 3,000 deaths of non smokers each year.
Yet by 1998 a U.S. federal court found that the EPA demonstrated no link between secondhand smoke and cancer. Even more so, the court found that the EPA “…’cherry picked’ it’s data,’ to reach their predetermined conclusion. In other words, they lied.
And yet even after a federal court deemed the report to be complexly wrong, organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association still use the EPA study as their primary source to prove that secondhand smoke causes cancer.
Even on the Health Canada website in a report titled Protection from Second-hand Smoke in Ontario: A Review of Evidence Regarding Best Practices, the main source of “data” comes from the very same EPA study that was thrown out by a federal court. Yet this review was used as proof that secondhand smoke causes cancer and therefor should be banned by stating “all involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke is harmful and should eliminated.”
This article is not about taking the moral high ground and preaching about the benefits of giving up smoking. It is just a simple article about what worked for me – a 47 year old guy who had been smoking for over 30 years and ended up on 60 cigarettes a day. I reckon if I can do it then perhaps this article will help others to seriously consider giving up.
How many times have you tried to stop smoking? If you are anything like me you stopped, (at least temporarily), because you saw something on the TV, a friend had a stoke, you were short of funds or… there are umpteen reasons why people give up and then start again as soon as the initial “scare” has worn off.
As I said, I was smoking 60 cigarettes a day and was well and truly addicted.
You’ve heard everybody going on at you about why you should stop smoking. Generally the worst people are those who have given up smoking themselves and have set out on a personal crusade, (although it sometimes comes across more as a vendetta), to banish every last trace of smoke on the entire planet.
I’m going to start by making a statement that you may strongly disagree with. It’s a risk – but your complete success with quitting smoking is important. So I feel forced to take the risk.
The statement is this: Hypnosis address’s the very core of the greatest difficulty in stopping smoking – the mental and emotional attachment. It’s not the nicotine addition or any of the chemicals in tobacco that ties us to the smoking habit so strongly as it is our mental and emotional attachment.
If the nicotine or other chemicals in tobacco were your biggest hurdle to quit smoking – there wouldn’t be such a problem with people starting back smoking again months – and sometimes years – after quitting, after every spec of nicotine has left their body.
I hope this assertion hasn’t pushed you away and that you’re still with me. Because awarness of this puts “you” in control and increases your chances of success, to help you quit smoking permanently.
It’s important to understand the reason for this conviction. You see I tried and failed to quit smoking at least a dozen times. And each time, I experienced all the demons that drag 50% of us who try to quit smoking, back into the pack. I couldn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer without a cigarette – so that kept dragging me backwards. I always felt agitated after a meal because I couldn’t have my regular “after meal cigarette”.
There were always craving thoughts in the back of my mind reminding me that I wanted a cigarette. Like when I had to concentrate on something. Or when I got angry about something. And after “quitting”, getting angry became all too common! So I was very familiar with what they call “nicotine withdrawal” symptoms.