Because Your Life Depends on It!
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada: 45,000 Canadians die from smoking each year - and the number is still growing.
Smoking is responsible for one in five deaths in Canada. This is roughly five times the number of deaths caused by car accidents, suicides, drug abuse, murder and AIDS combined.
The chance of dying from smoking for long-time smokers is 1 in 2. Deaths from smoking result in 15 years loss of expected life, on average.
About half the deaths from smoking happen before the smoker reaches 70 years of age. These smokers lose an average of 22 years of life. Older persons (70 and over) who die because of smoking lose an average of 8 years of life expectancy.
Of the 45,000 deaths each year:
29,000 are men
16,000 are women
100 are infants!
and cigarettes are killing more women...
"As a result of the dramatic rise in female smokers in the 1960s and 1970s, it is expected that female smoking-related deaths will continue to rise until the turn of the century and may reach, or even exceed, male levels by the year 2005." - Health Canada Press Release, Jan 1999
Cigarette smoking kills 43 Canadian women each day ·
Every 35 minutes, a Canadian woman dies as a result of smoking.
Lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer. ·
Women who smoke get more coughs, colds and minor illnesses. · Women who smoke have decreased bone density (osteoporosis) and an increased risk of fracture.
Women who smoke AND use birth control pills are at a much higher risk of stroke or heart disease.
Death by stroke is five times higher in women who smoke. Smoking doubles the risk of cervical cancer.
Heart disease kills 4 in 10 Canadian women. For women, smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease. ·
Middle-aged women who smoke are likely to be as wrinkled as non smokers who are 15 to 20 years older.
and if that’s not enough ...
Smoking increases the risk of lung diseases including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Smoking is a major risk factor for vascular disease, (a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles and a cause of impotence in men), as well as cerebrovascular diseases that cause strokes. Add years to your life, and life to your years!
*Sources: Health Canada, National Clearinghouse on Tobacco and Health, Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse.
Facts on the effectiveness of hypnosis for quitting smoking:
To find the most effective method to stop smoking Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingham Viswesvaran from the university of Iowa used a meta-analysis, utilizing the results of more than 600 studies totalling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that hypnosis, to use the same terminology as the quit counsellor, was three times more effective than NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy).
References - Elliot Wald, Tami J Eggelston PhD & Fredrick Gibbson PhD, "Cognitive reactions to smoking relapse", New Scientist, vol 136, pp6. Posted from Josephine Teague, Research Director on 07/09/2002
Hypnosis is the natural and easy way to quit smoking!