What are Your Reasons and Excuses for Smoking Cigarettes?

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Despite all we now know about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, cancer, heart disease, lung disease, etc., and the exorbitant cost of cigarettes these days, people keep smoking, and they have all the excuses for smoking that you could possibly imagine.
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If you have never smoked, it will seem ridiculous.

It might even make you angry if the smoker in question is someone you care for, or someone who should care for you.

I have known asthmatics who smoke, pregnant women and mothers with small children who smoke.

Two of my grandparents died of cancer, one lung cancer and the other cancer of the throat and they both smoked right up until day(s) they died.

Heck, I smoked for over 25 years.

Smokers Excuses and Justifications

The biggest excuse that most smokers use is probably that they smoke because of stress. It is usually the stress of their job, kids, and life.

A lot of smokers tell me that smoking relaxes them.

Now if you know anything about nicotine, you know that it is impossible to actually relax when you smoke!

The chemicals in the cigarettes they smoke to calm down or reduce their stress levels are actually stimulants so if anything, that cigarette is more likely to hipe them up and will definitely make the stress levels much worse.

They also claim that they have no will power or that they do not want to put on weight.

Some people claim that they keep smoking to moderate their moods, and claim to be a “b” when they stop as withdrawal makes them short-tempered or irritable.

Then there are the addiction excuses. I can’t quit because I am addicted… Quitting is hard and I don’t have the time or energy to deal with withdrawal.

I used to tell people that I was doing it for them because if I didn’t smoke I would be perfect and to think how irritating would that be! But really I used smoking to get some alone time at work, or to cut short long boring meetings that were going nowhere.

It worked but at a huge cost to my health. And it obviously worked for a very long time (25 years…) and it wasn’t until I convinced myself that the reasons I had for quitting were more important to me than my reasons and excuses for remaining a 20 a day smoker!

What are your reasons for continuing to smoke? Why not call me for a chat about your smoking history and habits, it could be the first step towards becoming a non-smoker for life!

Instead of continuing to poison yourself and using those reasons and excuses to make yourself feel better about what you are doing to your body, quit smoking cigarettes the easy way, and eliminate all of those reasons and excuses with hypnosis!

How to Help Smokers Quit

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Is there someone important in your life who is a smoker?

Working out how to help smokers quit and following through can be a tremendous gift, but it is not as straightforward as many of us would hope.

help others quit smokingIf you have never smoked yourself, what seem to be helpful suggestions or sensible advice to you will not make you any friends among the smokers within your circle. Apart from that, most smokers do not want to hear why someone else thinks they should quit!

Tell them about the health risks and their eyes will glaze over.

Talk about the cost and although they will agree with you that cigarettes are expensive, in all likelihood this will not be enough for them to make the decision to quit.

Sending them outside, alone, and in all types of weather to have a smoke will not phase them either!

Hiding their cigarettes, telling them they are being selfish, shunning them, nagging. None of these tactics will work, they will either get the smoker’s back up or make them feel targeted and alone.

Is that what you want for that important person in your life?

What About An Ultimatum – Can They Help Smokers Quit?

No, no, no!

Do not make that important person choose between their cigarettes and you.

At worst your friend or family member will choose cigarettes, at best they will make an attempt to quit, fail, become even more convinced that they are addicted because of it and resent you for making them go through all the stress and heartache of their failed attempt.

Really, think about it. In that best case scenario – who wins?

So How to Help Smokers Quit?

Offer them unconditional support and know that they will know when quitting is the right decision for them.

Yes, talk to them about it. Yes, tell them that you would prefer it if they quit, but without judgement, without making them responsible for your feelings as well as their own.

Provide them with information about smoking, the health impact, the cost, the social disadvantages, but leave them to make up their own minds about what they take from that information.

Don’t nag or argue your point.

Just share, listen and offer encouragement.

Why You Smoke

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. . . Identifying Your Smoking Triggers

When you want to quit smoking cigarettes, one of the things you need to address is why you smoke and what your smoking triggers are.

If you have been smoking for a while, you will have built up quite a few associations between smoking and other activities in your life. When these associated activities or events happen, you automatically reach for a cigarette. That is your subconscious mind working for (or in this case against) you.

If you are serious about your plans to quit smoking cigarettes, you should try to identify as many of these smoking triggers as you can. If you know what they are and why you smoke, you can work out ways to avoid the triggers or find other ways to fill that need in your life. That way you will be less likely to be tempted to smoke again after you have quit.

Way back when I was a smoker, there were quite a few triggers for me. Many of them were so ingrained that I did not make a conscious decision to light up, it was just automatic.

I would get in the car and automatically light up when I was waiting at the first set of lights.

I would have a cigarette every morning while walking from the bus stop to the office, and again at morning tea time.

I would use smoking as an excuse to take a break from the tense atmosphere in the office, and to break up those non-stop meetings during the day.

After lunch, with coffee, when I got home, when I got bored, one last smoke before bed…

Why You Smoke Without Conscious Thought – What are Your Smoking Triggers?

  • Boredom / When not engaged in doing something.
  • Filling in time when you have nothing to do.
  • As a reward after completing a task
  • As a motivator to do a task.
  • Coffee
  • With drinks ( alcohol ).
  • With meals / After meals / Instead of eating.
  • Smell of cigarette smoke
  • Being offered a cigarette
  • After seeing Anti smoking adds.
  • Before work / Work breaks / After work.
  • Getting in the car / Driving anywhere / driving to work / Long car trips / Just sitting in your car.
  • Insomnia / Frustration at trying to get to sleep.
  • To deal with confrontation / When Angry / When afraid.
  • To relieve stress ( general ) / Work or relationship stress.
  • To feel calm and secure / To feel good
  • When feeling overwhelmed / When depressed.
  • Before sex / After sex.
  • Rebelling against doing something you are told to do and/or that you do not want to do.
  • To deal with the demands of clients / customers / Family.
  • When you get up in the morning / When you go to bed at night.
  • When your having lapses or trouble concentrating.
  • When you are talking on the phone / When you hear the phone ring.
  • When watching TV / When watching a movie.
  • When using your computer.
  • To relax and unwind.
  • To help make decisions.
  • For emotional support.
  • When socialising.

Please feel free to add any of your triggers that I have missed, to this post below. Interesting isn’t it.

Do you even know why you smoke each of those cigarettes? How many times a day do you have a cigarette without actually thinking about it, when you are completely unaware of what you are doing until you notice that the lit cigarette in your hand?

That is why quitting cold turkey is so difficult.

Think about it – how can you choose to quit cigarettes, a decision that occurs in your conscious mind, when your smoking seems to happen without your (conscious) knowledge or consent?

That is where the advanced hypnosis and NLP techniques come in. The Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes method brings your subconscious mind into the equation, as that is the part of your mind that is really in control.

Why is it Hard to Quit Smoking?

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Basically all you need to do to quit smoking cigarettes is to never light up another cigarette. Simple right? So why is is it so hard to quit smoking?

If you have never been a smoker, you might accept that statement at face value.

You are likely to assume that cigarette smokers could easily stop if they just exerted a little will power.

I have had similar conversations with many of my friends and acquaintances in the past.

People who cared about me but had never smoked themselves, who just did not get it.

Physical Addiction

Yes, the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive.

Even the tobacco companies will openly state that one of the ingredients in their product is addictive, it is one of the reasons that they have been able to market their product to so many people for so many years!

Physical Habit

And what I mean by that is a habit that you have diligently reinforced between 100 – 400 times a day for all of the days, weeks, months and years that you have smoked.

Other than breathing, there is nothing else that you do this frequently.

Attempts to Quit Smoking Cigarettes and Cognitive Dissonance

Hard to quit smoking - it is all in your mind.In 1957 Leon Festinger proposed cognitive dissonance theory. This theory states that we all have a powerful motive to maintain cognitive consistency, which can give rise to irrational and sometimes maladaptive behaviour.

According to this theory when we have one belief that smoking is somehow good for us, for example it relieves stress, and another belief that smoking is bad for us, we experience feelings of discomfort.

This discomfort will prompt us to alter or minimise the importance of one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviours to reduce the discomfort and restore balance. What seems to be maladaptive behaviour to a non-smoking observer, is often rationalised or justified by a smoker.

Yes it is bad for me but…

If we smoke, the awful pictures and the health warnings on the cigarette packs are unlikely to change our beliefs about what we get from smoking as we will rationalise the new information i.e. “smoking causes mouth cancer” into something that does not conflict with our beliefs like “smoking causes mouth cancer is some people but it is unlikely to happen to me”.

Or “I’ve got to die of something – at least this way I have a choice.”

And if we believe that quitting is hard? Which we do, do we not?

Then it will be hard.

Our conscious mind will find reasons to support our existing belief that quitting is hard, and our non-conscious mind will work really hard to make sure that our conscious mind is proven right.


Festinger, L. (1957). A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Quit Smoking Now – Get Ready for Christmas and New Year

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Quit smoking now using hypnosis so that you are happier and healthier with more cash in your pocket ready for the holiday season!

If you quit now you can save all the money you would normally spend on Cigarettes and spend it on your kids at Christmas or on a holiday.

You will feel better, as toxins leave your body and your lungs slowly start to recover.

Your sense of taste and smell will return, just in time for all of those special foods and drinks at the Christmas and New Year parties you attend.

And you will no longer have to leave the party to stand outside alone while you feed your socially unacceptable habit.

Quit Smoking Now and Save

Book your Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes hypnotherapy session with me between now and Christmas Eve (2016) and I will give you $100.00 off the full price of your session.

But you need to act fairly quickly as I only have a couple of appointments each week, and they will fill up fast.

At the moment you can choose from an after hours appointment on Wednesdays or appointments on alternate Saturdays, and appointments are only available at Old Noarlunga.

If these times do not suit, please do call me.  You never know, we may be able to make an exception and find a time that suits both of us!

After You Quit Smoking

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If you are serious about quitting, it pays to spend a little time preparing for your life after you quit smoking.

Anyone can quit, hell most of us have quit hundreds if not thousands of times.

What we have trouble with is maintaining our non-smoker status. In my experience that is because when we try to quit on our own (without the co-operation and assistance of our sub-conscious minds) we are not really non-smokers, we are ex-smokers.

That is to say smokers who are not currently smoking!

After You Quit Smoking Be Aware of Your Triggers

Even when we do have to co-operation of our sub-conscious minds you can be tripped up after you quit smoking if you do not prepare for the times where you will be surrounded by what used to be your smoking triggers.

Maybe you are going out for the evening with friends, friends who still smoke. Or perhaps you find yourself in a very stressful situation or the smell of cigarette smoke in your car acts as a trigger.

When you quit using the Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes system, old smoking triggers no longer prompt the majority of clients to light up, but there will be a small percentage of clients that can be tempted to smoke again.

You will not know which group you will be in until after you have quit smoking and you are faced with one or more of your triggers.

For me, I can cope with the smell of cigarette smoke and none of my old habits affect me, but I do think about smoking occasionally when I am stressed. I don’t smoke during those times, but I do think about it.

So why am I telling you this?

Identify your triggersBefore You Quit Smoking : Preparation is the key

Planning how you will handle your strongest triggers before you have your Quit session will help you to deal with any of those situations that present themselves after your session.

Does you car smell of cigarette smoke? Buy an air freshener for your car.

Always have a cigarette with coffee? Try to wean yourself off coffee and gradually introduce a substitute that you can have without a cigarette a few weeks before your “quit date”. Be careful with this one though, the addiction to caffeine can be quite strong and you may go through withdrawal if you drop your caffeine intake too quickly.

Do you reward yourself with a cigarette when you finish a task? Find another kind of reward, one that is not going to damage your health maybe!

Go through each one of your smoking triggers and plan your response.

Then think about how you will react if you find yourself in a situation where you feel the need of a cigarette after you quit smoking. You need to do this because no matter how thorough you think you have been in identifying your triggers, I will guarantee that something will come up after your Quit session that could not have been foreseen.

For those situations, you need a preferred or planned response.

It might be that your planned response will be to drink a glass of water. Or to have a sugar free lolly (these really taste quite good – I buy the “Double D” brand from BigW).

Depending on what your schedule is like, you might decide that your response will be to go for a walk outside for 5 minutes, talk to a friend or play with a pet.

After You Quit Smoking Reward Yourself!

The idea is that you plan to do something that is pleasurable instead of having a cigarette. After you quit smoking, reward yourself for making the choice to be a non-smoker and you will reinforce your identity as a non-smoker. But be careful about how you choose to reward yourself. It is not a good idea to substitute one addiction for another!

And if weight gain is a concern then plan how you will manage your weight without using cigarettes.

Put the cash you save by not buying cigarettes towards a holiday or a new wardrobe. If you were a 20 a day smoker, you will save just over $500 each month. What could you do with an extra $500 a month?

After You Quit Smoking Expect to Feel and Look Better

There are immediate benefits to quitting cigarettes. By not smoking you can improve your health, you sense of taste will revert to normal. Your hair and clothes will no longer smell like an old ashtray.

After you quit smoking your skin will be less prone to wrinkling and age spots, and your teeth and fingernails will no longer be stained by the cigarettes smoke and over time the discolouration of both will fade. All good news!

Using Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

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Using hypnosis to quit smoking is probably the fastest, easily and most effective method that you will find. And I say that as someone who used to smoke over period of nearly thirty years!

I quit smoking in late 2013 using the Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes method and after spending that hour in that chair, just relaxing and listening to the hypnotherapist’s voice I can honestly say that I have had no desire want or need of a cigarette since.

Identify your triggers

There have been times when I have been stressed, upset or lonely and in the past I would definitely have been reaching for that packet of cigarettes, but after using hypnosis to quit smoking I have been able to manage those kinds of situations in a much calmer way without needed to flood my mind and body with the toxins you take in from smoking a cigarette.

Lose the Withdrawal Symptoms – with Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

I have tried to quit many times over the years without much success until I found the Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes program.  I actually did quit smoking for seven years by going cold turkey when I found myself pregnant with my youngest child.

And you know what, I wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy!

Not only was I throwing up (morning sickness) but I was distracted and irritable.  I suffered from massive headaches and I was constantly thinking about smoking.

It was during that period of my married life that my husband started calling me Grum (short for grumble, and a synonym for grumpy *itch…).

I also tried quitting using nicotine patches and gum but suffered from headaches and disturbed sleep due to very vivid and frightening nightmares. And I only lasted a day or two before I started smoking again – usually with the patch still on!

When I quit smoking using hypnosis, there were no withdrawal symptoms.  I remained calm and relaxed, no headaches, no cravings, and no moodiness.  I didn’t get the munchies and I didn’t need to eat lollies or fiddle with pens to keep my mouth and my hands busy.

And it didn’t even occur to me to want a cigarette. The thought of smoking which was so prominent in my mind during previous quit attempts, just was not there and I could even stand close to other people who were smoking without wanting one myself.

So, in my opinion, and in the opinions of the thousands of people who have quit using hypnosis, this is definitely the way to go!

Quitting Cigarettes is Hard – Right?

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Quitting cigarettes is hard – that is what most smokers who want to quit smoking believe, and it is what the media and the tobacco companies tell us but is it really true?

Is it really hard to quit smoking cigarettes?

Albert Einstein said that your imagination was the most powerful tool you owned. He said that what you imagine you will create.

So if you expect or imagine something will happen, it will.

Like the studies they have done on athletes who visualize with their imagination the sport they play. They measured the athlete’s bodies while they were doing this and their bodies had the exact same responses and muscle contractions and nerves firing as if they were actually doing the event in real life.

They also measured the athletes’ performance before and after they did their visualizations, and all the athletes improved to the same level as those who actually physically practiced.

So if you imagine it is going to be difficult to quit cigarettes then it will be, and you get all the symptoms associated with trying to quit cigarettes, but if you imagine that it is going to be easy to quit cigarettes then it will be.

You can make it easy for yourself by believing that it will be easy.

Ford said if you believe you can or you believe that you cannot, you are right.

So if believe that quitting cigarettes will be easy, you are right!

And the fact of the matter is that it is easy to quit cigarettes because many people who quit cigarettes do so by themselves. They don’t use patches, gum, hypnosis, acupuncture, or anything else.

You probably know people who smoked for 20, 30, 40 years who woke up one day and said “I am not smoking anymore!” And they never smoked again.

It all comes down to believing and expecting it to be easy, because it is easy to quit cigarettes.

So, in other words it is as easy to make up your mind that it’s going to be easy as with those other people who just quit.

All you have to do is make up your mind here today that you are deciding to quit cigarettes.

Top 10 Commonly Broken New Years Resolutions – Have You Broken Yours Yet?

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According to Time Magazine the top 10 most commonly broken New Years resolutions are:

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

When you look at the list, number 1 and 4 both involve healthier eating and or dieting, so we are really only talking about 9 resolutions.

To make the top 10 broken resolutions, they first have to be fairly common resolutions, and why wouldn’t they be?

All of the resolutions listed above are a good idea right?

Lose weight, quit smoking, reduce debt, travel, reduce stress and travel – all good ideas.

But honestly, how many times have you resolved to lose weight, learn something new or get out of debt on January 1st only to have given up or forgotten all about the resolution by January 14th!

So why don’t your new years resolutions take?

Because it turns out in practice that none of these good ideas are all that easy to achieve!

People join gyms and go once or twice, don’t change their habits and accept that one cigarette from a mate while having a few drinks. We find that money is easier to spend than to earn (or to save), spending more time with the family sometimes increases our stress levels (depending on which members of the family you spend the extra time with) and who has time to travel?

So while we made the resolutions with all the good intentions we could muster at the time, we don’t always take the time to realistically plan the actions we need to take to actually achieve them.

For example:

Resolution 1

Step 1 – join a gym,
Step 2 – actually go more than once,
Step 3 – clear all the chocolate out of the pantry,
Step 4 – find a diet and fitness buddy.


Resolution 2

Step 1 – call Deb on 1300 833 669 and make an appointment to Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes™,
Step 2 – go to the appointment and Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes™.

I encourage you to take the next couple of weeks to think about the decisions that you might make on New Years Day to improve your life, but don’t forget to take action as well!


Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions – TIME