A report in the medical journal The Lancet shows that smoking causes one in 10 deaths worldwide and that one in every four men is a smoker with nearly one billion people smoked daily.
The Global Burden of Diseases report was based on smoking habits in 195 countries and territories between 1990 and 2015 and showed that half of the world’s smokers were in just four countries – China, India, the US and Russia.
Researchers warned that, despite decades of tobacco control policies, population growth has seen an increased number of smokers and mortality rates could increase further as tobacco companies aggressively targeted new markets, especially in the developing world.
“Despite more than half a century of unequivocal evidence of the harmful effects of tobacco on health, today, one in every four men in the world is a daily smoker,” said senior author Dr Emmanuela Gakidou.
“Smoking remains the second largest risk factor for early death and disability, and so to further reduce its impact we must intensify tobacco control to further reduce smoking prevalence and attributable burden,” he is reported as saying by the BBC.
The rise in smoking is interesting, given the various methods being used around the world to curtail the habit. These include increased taxes, restrictions on where people can smoke and bans on advertising. While these measures have had an effect in some countries, the report shows that the number of tobacco-related deaths – more than 6.4 million in 2015 – increased by 4.7% over the same period.
However, clinical hypnotherapy has been shown to help people quit the habit and the National Council for Hypnotherapy in the UK says hypnosis can easily help those who want to break the habit and live healthier lives.
“Imagine how your different your life would be if you stopped smoking, what you would gain? It is important to understand your motivation for giving up in so that you can quit,” says the NCH.
“If you have an unwanted habit or behaviour (like smoking), it may often feel as if you are out of control, that there is someone else or something inside of you that is making you do this. A ‘little voice” that always tells you to do something when you don’t want to do it.”
The NCH says: “The good news is that you are in control, you can change how you react to certain situations, and you can protect yourself in ways that are healthy and which allow you succeed and grow stronger in body and mind. You just need to know how to change it, and to believe you can.
“The reason why hypnotherapy works so rapidly with bad habits and behaviours is because it works directly with your subconscious, bypassing the critical mind and getting to the root of the issue so that changes can be made that support your goals quickly and efficiently.”
Hypnotherapy has been proven to break the physical addiction to cigarettes after just one week while research shows that by quitting smoking with hypnosis a smoker is three times more likely to give up than if they had tried nicotine patches.
If you want to experience a healthier and better life after smoking and have the motivation to quit, contact an NCH therapist near you by using their directory. That one contact can be life-changing…