Did you know that within 20 minutes after you stop smoking your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal? Within 24 hours carbon monoxide levels will be eliminated from the body and after just 72 hours your entire blood will test 100% nicotine free. Wow!


And, did you know that tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals! Many of these chemicals are carcinogens and at least 60 are toxic to the body. Would you knowingly put arsenic (a poison), ammonia, mercury, DDT (an insecticide), nitrous oxide (a disinfectant) or carbon monoxide in to your body? Of course you wouldn’t. But that is exactly what happens when you smoke!


Many of the stop smoking procedures, programs and products are designed to help build up the personal power to resist or overcome the addiction. Hypnotherapy does not work toward achieving the strength to resist but is designed to eliminate the desire. Through hypnosis it is possible to change the taste of a cigarette from pleasurable to un-pleasurable. Instead of giving up something a person enjoys, the goal is to be rid of something that is not wanted. The ability to visualize one’s self as a non smoker is a major asset and hypnotherapy can help to develop and focus the powers of visualization.


Most people do not understand what hypnosis is all about. Their only knowledge comes from what they see in movies and stage shows. While experiencing hypnosis you are neither unconscious nor asleep but in a deep state of relaxation allowing the mind to be focused and open to the suggestions that help achieve your goals.


With 28 years of experience we know how to help you stop smoking.

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Benefits of Quitting Over Time


20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.


12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.


2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.


1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.


1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.


5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.


10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.


15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.





Secondhand smoke causes between 35,000 and 40,000 deaths from heart disease every year.


  1. 3000 otherwise healthy nonsmokers will die of lung cancer annually because of their exposure to secondhand smoke.
  2. These deaths occur because tobacco users are not the only ones who breathe smoke—all the people around them inhale it too. Unfortunately, non-smoking and ventilated public spaces cannot filter or circulate air at the rate necessary to eliminate secondhand smoke.


What is Secondhand Smoke?


Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke emitted from the burning ends of a tobacco product (side stream smoke) and the smoke exhaled from the lungs of tobacco users (mainstream smoke


Secondhand smoke contains over 4000 substances, more than 60 of which are known or suspected to cause cancer.

Some of the deadly substances in secondhand smoke and the cancers they cause are:

Arsenic, benzo (a) pyrene, cadmium, chromium, nickel, and NNK: Lung cancer

Nitrosamines: Cancers of the lung, respiratory system, and other organs

Aromatic amines: Bladder and breast cancers

Formaldehyde and nickel: Nasal cancer

Benzene: Leukemia

Vinyl chloride: Liver and brain cancer

napthalymine and 4-aminobiphenyl: Bladder cancer

Lead: Liver cancer


Three of the above carcinogens — arsenic, benzene, and vinyl chloride — are regulated in the United States as hazardous air pollutants. Two of the bladder carcinogens, napthalymine and aminobiphenyl are banned for use in dye manufacturing.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen, a substance which is known to cause human cancer.


1 Steenland, K. (1992). Passive Smoking and the Risk of Heart Disease. Journal of the American Medical Association 267(1): 94-99.

2 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (1992). Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking: Lung Cancer and Other Disorders. Washington, D.C.: EPA.

3 Repace, J, I. Kawachi and S. Glantz (1999). Fact Sheet on Secondhand Smoke. Available online at

4 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (1986). The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office (GPO).

5 EPA (1992).

6 Repace, J, I. Kawachi and S. Glantz (1999).

7 EPA (1992).





The smoking cessation drugs bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) must now carry boxed warnings on their labels to alert patients of the risk for serious neuropsychiatric symptoms, according to the FDA.
Physicians should help patients understand the benefits of quitting smoking versus the risks posed by these drugs, the agency says. The FDA advises patients with these symptoms to stop taking the drugs immediately: changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depression, and suicidal thoughts or behavior.
(Unfortunately, irritability, anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping are also common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.)
The FDA warns that patients with a preexisting psychiatric illness may experience worsening of symptoms while taking bupropion or varenicline.