The big health news buzz (more details can be reviewed here) this weekend showed the results of a study on 1.2 million women (smokers, non smokers, and smokers who quit). The study took place over 12 years and revealed great news for women who manage to quit smoking before age 40. Those women reduced their risk of dying prematurely by 90% if they quit before age 40, women who quit by age 30 saw a 97% reduction in premature deaths.
The researchers at Oxford University wrote in their study “although the hazards of smoking until age 40 and then stopping are substantial, the hazards of continuing are ten times greater.” The overall big message according to Forbes was, “this threefold increase among women who smoked means that up to 66 percent of all deaths of female smokers in their 50s, 60s, and 70s is due to smoking related illnesses such as COPD, lung cancer, coronary artery disease or stroke. The more they smoked in the study the greater their chances of dying.”
According to the reports the study focused specifically on smoking, CNN pointed out in this article that “While the underlying mechanisms remain unknown, researchers suggest smoking’s effect on dampening the protective effects of estrogen on cardiovascular systems may put women who smoke at a higher risk than men for heart disease when they light up.”
That is not to say that men are not in danger of the negative health effects of smoking, only that the One Million Women Smoker’s study (which was published on Saturday) focused specifically on women over the 12 years. While the study was published a week ago, this is one of the top trending items on google and yahoo, yesterday and today.
What this study supports is the importance of quitting smoking at any stage of your life, sooner is better but later still has a positive impact. The difficulty behind smoking is in the physical, emotional, chemical and habitual addiction. Many people attempt to wean themselves from the habit by using the patch or gum and some have found success. Others can quit “cold turkey” and still others use alternative methods (most of which have been proven to be very successful) like hypnotherapy, EFT (emotional freedom technique – sometimes referred to as tapping), and NLP (neurolinguistic programming) techniques like anchoring and SWISH. These can be done by themselves or together in multiple combinations. Most hypnotherapists or life coaches work with clients not only at the conscious and subconcious level but also at the behavioral and environmental level.
Most will take you through the logical levels of change and identify why this habit is difficult to break. Many smokers “identify” themselves as “smokers” and this connection to identity creates a self-fulfilling prophecy and makes it very difficult to quit. Think about a time someone told you not to think about something. “Don’t think about your car.” A very high percentage of people will automatically think about their car… even for the slightest of moments. It follows along the same logical level of thinking, if you refer to yourself as a smoker and have attached your identity to smoking you will have a very difficult time quitting. This is only one way a hypnotherapist or life coach can help you break the habit of smoking.
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Jami McDonald is a certified hypnotherapist, life coach and relationship coach located in Phoenix, Az. If smoking is a habit you would like to break check out her website here or call her for a free consultation. You have the power to quit if you have the desire to succeed at it.