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Smoking Cessation

Want to Quit Smoking?

Giving up smoking is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and many people try to do this following medical advice but struggle with cravings and motivation.

Research shows that “cold turkey” is more effective than gradual withdrawal. You need to be in a stable emotional state before giving up and to plan for the occasion. You should get rid of all cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia and inform your family and friends that you are trying to quit and ask for their support. Make sure you have healthy food, including fruit, vegetables, juices and unsweetened drinks.

Numerous studies have shown that Acupuncture, Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are all effective in supporting those wishing to quit smoking. I am trained in all three therapies and will use any or all of these techniques to help those trying to quit but none will work without the cooperation of the client. Most people see having a cigarette as comforting and relaxing so you need to plan how you will replace your smoke breaks and after-dinner or coffee cigarettes.

Why Quit?

  • Health reasons: Smoking is a high risk factor for many serious conditions including High Blood Pressure, heart disease, stroke, bronchitis, emphysema, peptic ulcers, diabetes, and cancer of the lung, throat, oesophagus and pancreas.
  • Pregnancy: Smoking adversely affects the baby in utero
  • Cosmetic reasons: The skin of smokers is dryer, more wrinkled and older looking than non-smokers
  • Social reasons: Ban on smoking in public places, ‘kissing a smoker is like kissing a dirty ashtray’. Adverse effect on fitness
  • Cost reasons: The cost of smoking 10/day is about €1150 /year

Difficulties in quitting

 Your body ‘misses’ nicotine, you may feel irritable and anxious as it is hard to break old habits. Many fear they will gain weight, (nicotine raises blood sugar so withdrawal causes a drop in blood sugar).

What is involved?

You must decide that you wish to quit. None of these therapies will work unless you are serious about quitting. LLLT and Acupuncture both help by minimising withdrawal symptoms. EFT is a wonderful tool to cope with the cravings and will help in between sessions. You may need only one session or a number of sessions. Most people come for 1-2 sessions in the first week and possible 1-2 sessions in the following weeks. The first session may take up to one hour and subsequent sessions 30 minutes. Sessions are priced depending on the time.