Each year 80,000 deaths are attributable to smoking. Most people understand the connection between smoking and lung
disease but there are so many other harmful effects:

Circulation - smoking makes the blood thicker, increasing the likelihood of blood clots, it raises blood pressure, heart rate and it narrows the arteries, reducing the amount of oxygen available to the body.

Heart - smoking damages the heart, increasing the possibility of heart disease, stroke, and it damages the blood vessels (peripheral vascular disease) and arteries to the brain (cerebrovascular disease). Smoking can double the risk of a heart attack.

Stomach - smoking increases the risk of stomach cancer and ulcers and it can incur weakness of the muscle that controls the oesophagus, causing acid reflux.

Kidneys - smoking increases the risk of kidney cancer and the more you smoke the greater the chance of developing the disease.

Brain - smoking can increase the risk of aneurysms (bulges in blood vessels) which can rupture, an extremely serious condition know as subarachnoid haemorrhage, which can be fatal.

Lungs - smoking can cause serious conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and chronic obstructive lung disease, making it difficult to breathe and in some case necessitating oxygen.

Mouth and throat - smoking can increase the chance of cancer of the lips, tongue, throat and voice box. In addition,it causes bad breathe, staining of the teeth and gum disease, plus a reduced sense of taste.

Impotence - smoking can cause male impotence, can damage sperm and cause testicular cancer. It can reduce fertility in women and can increase the risk of cervical cancer. Smoking during pregnancy can cause miscarriage and the risk of cot deaths for babies is increased.

Bones - smoking can cause bones to become brittle and weak and smokers are more likely to develop osteoporosis.

(Ref: NHS (2014)

It is likely that smokers are already aware of these facts and yet they continue to engage in the habit. The question is why are they punishing themselves and inflicting self-harm? Hypnosis attempts to find out!

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