So you’ve decided to quit smoking once and for all. Congratulations. What an amazing first step in reclaiming your health and happiness. I’m sure you’ve seen all the statistics that tell you how smoking causes disease, etc., so I won’t bore you with repetition. I will, however, share with you what happens after you smoke that last cigarette. After less than 30 minutes, your pulse, blood pressure, and temperature return to normal. After only 8 hours, your blood’s oxygen and carbon monoxide levels return to normal. After a mere 24 hours, your risk of heart attack decreases greatly. After 48 hours, your sense of smell and taste return, and all the damaged nerve endings begin the process of re-growth. A 72-hour cessation from smoking causes the lung capacity to increase, and allows ease in breathing as the bronchial tubes relax. After 4 days, all nicotine has been removed from your system. At the 2-3 month mark, lung capacity and ability increase as much as 30%, circulation improves and energy levels increase. The lungs and sinuses begin to expel mucus and infection and begin the cleaning process that will help them to replace the pre-cancerous cells. After 5-10 years most pre-cancerous cells have been replaced and the death rate because of lung cancer decreases about 50% for the average, one-pack-a-day smoker. Hypnosis is perhaps the easiest and most effective way of smoking cessation. The main reason many people continue to smoke is because they are doing it unconsciously. Hypnosis allows you to become aware of your habits, forcing you to notice them, to pay attention, and to remove them easily and effortlessly from your life. Once you are aware of what you’re doing, you are no longer in the unconscious habit. Through hypnosis, you allow yourself to forget about smoking altogether. You awaken from your session relaxed, refreshed, and as a “Non-Smoker”, not an Ex-Smoker. As a non-smoker, you feel no need for cigarettes, no cravings or withdrawals. Your body and mind simply react as though you have never been a smoker, and begin the cleansing process that will take you to optimum health. Whether you decide to consult a Hypnotherapist for smoking cessation, or go it alone, there are a few additional aids that can help you to break yourself of this habit. First, cut down coffee and liquor, both toxic substances that increase the craving for nicotine. Infuse the body with water to help re-hydrate your tissues and cells and to help remove the toxins and poisons. As the nicotine leaves the system, so does calcium, so a good calcium supplement can be added to the diet. Because cigarettes are over 15% sugar, cravings for sugar may increase. Instead of reaching for empty calories, add plenty of apples, grapefruit and oranges to the diet. Apples in particular are wonderful for replacing the need for sugar and removing toxins from the system. Also, many people smoke from stress, so adding a good vitamin B-Complex for stress is very helpful. Remember each day that you have made the conscious choice to take one step closer to optimum health and happiness, and give yourself the credit you deserve.