Ten years since smoking was banned in public places in this country

Ten Years of Stopping Smoking in Public Places

Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic notes that it is now ten years since smoking was banned in public places in this country.
The ban came into force on July 1 2007.
From that date smokers were no longer allowed to light up in such premises as pubs, bars and restaurants. It’s now quite hard to imagine just why at the time the move seemed so controversial. Yet, now, most people – including most smokers – accept that no-one should have to suffer second-hand tobacco fumes. And happily, the ban prompted many smokers to quit and continues to this day to encourage smokers to stop. The new law changed the culture of smoking forever.
Pleasing, too, are the statistics that prove the effectiveness of the ban.

Fantastic results from the smoking ban

Quoted in The Guardian newspaper, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, calls it “the single most important public health reform in generations.”
Smoking is now at record low levels, according to NHS Digital with latest figures showing that in just the past year the proportion of the population smoking has dropped from 17.2% to 15.8%.
And Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic is determined hopes to do its bit to help bring down those numbers further.
For anyone doubting the benefits of quitting, a quick study of Public Health England statistics cited in The Guardian reveal that deaths from heart disease attributed to smoking in 2007-09 were 32,548 while for 2013-15 the figure dropped to 25,777 – a fall of 20.8% thanks to the reduction in smoking following the ban. Figures for the same periods relating to deaths from strokes attributed to smoking were 9,743 and 8,334, which is a 14.5% improvement.

Stop Smoking in Leeds: It’s a Doddle

Ultimately, though, regardless of statistics – the decision to quit remains the responsibility of the individual. But for those smokers who choose to ignore all health facts and figures because the prospect of giving up seems just too daunting – here are a few words of comfort: “quitting really doesn’t have to be hard.” Please take a moment or two to look at the Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic website for an explanation as to why giving up can be easy. And if you’re still not convinced, click on the video testimonials of just some of the hundreds of smokers I have helped quit. Their message is: Stop Smoking: It’s a doddle.

Stop Smoking in Leeds Public Places

Stop Smoking in Leeds Public Places

Smokers face a “crushing new blow,” Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic has learned. That’s according to the Daily Star in a report on the Royal Society for Public Health who want smoking to be banned in all public places – including beer gardens.

Many smokers will be “shocked” or “outraged” (depending which newspaper you read). Doubtless many will regard such a curb as an assault on personal liberty. Well, yes, it is – except that non-smokers have personal liberties too – like the right not to breathe in someone else’s fag fumes.
The answer is simple – if you want to smoke do it in private. Or better still, come to your senses and realise it’s time to stop now.
The Royal Society for Public Health feels a public smoking ban will encourage more smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic we don’t dispute that such devices are preferable to conventional cigarettes. But that doesn’t make them safe either. We advocate that the best solution is simply to quit.
And it is simple to stop.
Once a smoker has decided he or she wants to quit, Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic can make that an easily-achievable reality.
Taking that step will not just save you money, it will most likely save your life too.
So rather than worrying over what bans will be made next and whether you’ll be allowed to light up in a pub car park at 2.00 am or wherever, just step away from the whole issue… and become a non-smoker with immediate effect. Check out the Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic website for details on how to stop.
The second-edition of Stop Smoking: It’s a Doddle will soon be available to download FREE. If you’d like to receive an alert once the book is available on line, sign up

Now Is The Time to Stop Smoking

At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic our ongoing message to all smokers is: “now’s the time to stop smoking.”
Of course, the same call is made constantly other health professionals and organisations.
And, happily, the plea has not gone unheeded – at least not in the UK where over the past few decades the proportion of smokers has declined considerably.
For example, in 1974, 51% of men and 41% of women smoked, while that proportion today is down to 20% and 17%, respectively. However, those statistics still equate to there being 9.8 million adult smokers in the U.K., so clearly there’s still some way to go.

Worldwide stop smoking figures

Worldwide, the figures are more depressing – the World Health Organisation (WHO) this month predicted that, globally, the number of deaths due to smoking will rise from 6 million a year at present to 8 million a year by 2030. It states that tobacco use is the largest cause of preventable deaths worldwide.

The report, produced in conjunction with the US National Cancer Institute, says: “The science is clear; the time for action is now.”
Clearly, any initiative, that helps reduce the number of smokers is to be welcomed and in the UK we continue to take steps to curb tobacco use, such as the forthcoming introduction of uniform packaging on cigarettes with explicit pictures detailing the harmful effects of smoking.
Sadly, many governments are reluctant to take measures that counter smoking, fearing, says the WHO report, that any restrictions might “have an adverse economic impact.”
Statistics provide evidence that the opposite is actually the case.

Abolish smoking advertising

Economics aside, though, the reality is that every death caused by smoking is an avoidable tragedy.
The best way to be a non-smoker, of course, is never to start in the first place. So prohibiting promotion of tobacco products that lure people into tobacco usage is a priority for any government.
For those people who already smoke, though, the message remains: Stop now.
Sadly, the prevailing belief, is that quitting will always be a tortuous struggle and this proves too much a disincentive for many smokers.

Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic’s Stop Smoking Mission

At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, though, it’s one of our missions to convince smokers that giving up tobacco is in fact a doddle – and it’s a doddle because the smoker’s perceived addiction is all in the mind – his or her smoking is primarily a psychological issue and not a significant physical addiction.
Using cognitive behavioural therapy reinforced by clinical hypnosis, the chains that bind the smoker are easily broken.
All it takes is one session and clients who arrive at the clinic truly wanting to quit leave as non-smokers with immediate effect. Their previous urge to light up is eradicated..
We know our treatment works. And at the moment we are trying to spread the word in the hope that our techniques will be adopted by more and more therapists which will mean more and more people being able to lead healthier and happier lives.

Cyber-Bullies, Obesity and Stress

Cyber-Bullies, Obesity and Stress

There was a recent article in The Guardian newspaper that I thought might be of interest to us all, including my own practice, Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic.
Its subject was the new chair of The Royal College of GPs, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard – in effect the new leader of the UK’s 49,000-plus general practitioners.
Written by Denis Campbell, the article was headlined: ‘Cyber-bullies, obesity and stress… this is a scary world, says the new top GP.’
Dr Stokes-Lampard laments that the proliferation of social media, such as Instagram and Snapchat, has contributed to an explosion of mental-health problems among people with weight issues, including youngsters.
People have become more judgmental about appearance, says the doctor, who adds: “We’re a fat-shaming society.”

Weight Loss Hypnotherapist AWLHDilemmas of addressing weight-loss matters

She goes on to say that doctors face a huge problem of where to refer patients and, in addition to other measures, she calls for the expansion of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provision.
Many of the issues raised in the article are of relevance to hypnotherapy treatment. Unintentionally, perhaps, the piece also exposes one of the dilemmas of addressing weight-loss matters. Some would say the dilemma might more accurately be described as a contradiction – on the one hand obesity is recognised as being a dangerous condition that not only threatens the individual but puts a huge strain on health service resources; on the other hand, labelling someone as being fat can have a detrimental effect on their mental well-being and thereby nurture a secondary condition.
Such a contention merits analysis.

Weight-loss treatment at Leeds Hypnotherapy ClinicWeight Loss Hypnotherapy Leeds

At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, I have treated a lot of weight-loss clients as well as treating many people for a variety of other conditions, including low self-esteem. Confidence building, of course, is beneficial to a client’s wellbeing both as a distinct treatment or as part of therapy for some other (often related) condition.
But the supposed contradiction arises in the contention that by labelling someone as being fat, the therapist erodes that client’s self-confidence and thus exacerbates anxiety. Such a notion has seen many therapists and others involved in the wider weight-loss industry avoiding obvious truths – and thereby failing to offer effective treatment.
A fundamental part of treatment offered at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, and hopefully by all members of the Association of Weight Loss Hypnotherapists, is that a client should recognise and accept his or her condition.
So, fat is fat.
If someone is obese they are obese – not “ well built” or “big boned”.
Honesty is a key to success. But they are not being labelled fat – their weight doesn’t define them it simply needs to be addressed.
Once a client accepts the condition, the very simple physical rules can then be applied – i.e. consume fewer calories than are being expended and weight will be reduced. It is important that the client understands that the therapist is not being judgmental and that together the client and the therapist are going to resolve the issue.
The client needs to be reassured that his or her weight problem is not a permanent state – obesity can be overcome and overcome quite easily.
The problem that Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard highlights is not one of candour among professionals but that social media is making society ever more divisive and exposing vulnerable individuals to wider hostility. Such people need help and not capricious ridicule and that includes people with weight problems. They don’t deserve hectoring – they simply need honesty so as to grasp responsibility. But as Dr Stokes-Lampard points out, stretched resources means help is limited or even lacking.
As hypnotherapists all we can do is help to fill the gap as best we can.
Offered greater opportunities and with wider recognition of the services we provide, I’m in no doubt we could do much more.

Fewer Smokers in England | Stop Smoking in Leeds

LATEST FIGURES REVEAL FEWER SMOKERS IN ENGLAND

We’re always cautious here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic of new statistics (especially any to do with smoking) because we know figures can all too easily be interpreted in different ways and therefore be hijacked to support contrasting causes.
However, news that the proportion of smokers has fallen in England is heartening.
The Guardian headline was ‘Number of smokers in England drops to all-time low.’
This is to be welcomed but details behind the statstop-smoking-its-a-doddle-for-website-mobileistics still merit careful analysis. For example, while the percentage of smokers has fallen in the past five years the population as a whole has risen in the same period and so the number of smokers remain higher than might at first be imagined – there are still 7.2 million smokers in England. Even so this is less than half the number of ex-smokers (14.6million) so this is encouraging. It seems that combined efforts to convince people to quit cigarettes are having a positive effect.

FATAL CONSEQUENCES OF LIGHTING UP

The medical profession welcomes the latest findings, of course. But it points out that about 200 people still die prematurely every day in England as a consequence of smoking-related symptoms.
Professor Kevin Fenton, national director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England warned that although the “diminishing appeal of smoking” was “amazing” the number of people still lighting up remained a matter of concern.
There are other factors to consider, too. For example, regional differences are worrying. The North East and Yorkshire still have a significantly higher proportion of smokers compared to the South East and, in particular, the South West, which boasts the fewest smokers.
Other variants to be noted include wealth disparities with far more poorer people likely to smoke compared to the better off; people of Asian background are less likely to smoke (though 10 per cent do so); smoking is most prevalent among those of mixed race. The breakdown of the statistics goes on but among the many quotes generated by the issue, one of the most pertinent, we thought at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, came from Rosana O’Connor, Public Health England’s director of of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, who said: “The more ex-smokers there are among your friends and family, the more likely you are to quit for good and the less likely your children are to start.”
Her words reflect the importance of others in our lives and how we all have responsibilities not only for ourselves but for those around us.
It is such sentiments that inspire us here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic.

Eat Fat to be Thin

Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Leeds Man UpEat Fat to be Thin- Another Weight Loss Message Destined to Confuse

Here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic our weight-loss programmes, including Man Up Lose Weight, all emphasise the importance of grasping responsibility.

The actual equation is a very simple one: consume fewer calories than you burn off and the pounds and stones will drop off.

In all honesty most people can grasp this intellectual insight – it’s not actually all that profound or difficult to understand.

All too often, however, people allow the issue to blur and everything again seems more complicated than it really is.

How Weight Loss Hypnotherapy Can Help

How hypnotherapy helps is to provide the individual with an emotional insight. In other words, hypnosis roots the intellectual insight, or truth, into the unconscious. It allows the head to rule the heart, is another way of putting it.  You learn to be aware of the decisions you make and not to make excuses. But if you want a slice of cake or piece of chocolate occasionally, that’s OK.

The key is, to know and acknowledge what it is you’re eating. Simply hold a healthy preference while admitting that sometimes it does you good to enjoy a treat.

Your newly integrated emotional control is able to overcome greed.

Of course, no one likes to think of themselves as being greedy. It is an ugly word. And so it’s all too common for people struggling with their weight to seek the comfort of having an excuse for over indulgence and to shift blame away from themselves.

The Weight Loss Media

And the diet industry, food experts health officials and the media together seem to have an uncanny ability to whip up a full menu of excuses – to create confusion regarding matters that otherwise are really quite straight forward.

So remember the simple equations – eat less and lose weight; eat what you need and maintain a healthy weight.

Meanwhile, of course, the above mentioned bodies will continue to propound a new theory or contradiction, seemingly every few weeks. The media then seems to conspire to stir up the whole debate into a frenzy of confusion and derision. All it then needs are a few politicians to get involved and we all seemingly then have the perfect excuse to eat or drink ourselves stupid because nothing no longer makes any sense.

The latest food row to emerge, as you might be aware, is the notion that we should be eating fewer carbs and more fat. This has promoted headlines of a kind such as: “Eat fat to stay thin”.

Let’s be sensible about this, though. Are you really going to eat nothing but cream cheese three time a day just because some nutritional body suggests that an exclusively fat-free diet is not necessarily a great idea?

So take a step back from the pie-flinging and the insults. There’ll soon be a new pronouncement coming along which will morph all too easily into some new faddy diet to sweep the nation before inevitably making way for some fresher theory.

How I can help you at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic

At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic we realise most people have the intellectual insight to know in essence what it is they should be doing or eating. We provide them with the emotional insight, through hypnosis, to realise those aims by helping them to take responsibility for their own consumption, regardless of whatever inane headline happens to be in fashion.

The only things that should never be swallowed are half-baked ideas.

Hypnotherapy Leeds- Mindfulness vs. anti-depressant drugs

New Report Cites Mindfulness as Alternative to Anti-Depressant Drugs

wisdom/ mindfulnessHere at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, we’re always happy to read reports that support the type of treatments that we offer.
This week, an article in the i newspaper cited a major study that found mindfulness works as well as anti-depressant drugs.
It is pleasing to note that the concept of mindfulness is becoming more mainstream and is at long last attracting the attention of the wider media – primarily because it is becoming better recognised as a powerful source of well-being in so many aspects of life.
The new study found that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) helped people just as much as commonly prescribed anti-depressant drugs and that there was no evidence of any harmful effects.
Professor Willem Kuyken, an Oxford University clinical psychologist and lead author of the research report published in the JAMA Psychiatry, said the new evidence was very heartening.
“It does clearly offer those with a substantial history of depression a new approach to learning skills to stay well in the long-term.”
The article also states that mindfulness has secured the backing of the NHS advisory body, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as well as the Mental Health Foundation research charity.
Here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic we welcome this wider acceptance of mindfulness because we know first-hand how effective such treatment is. Its effectiveness extends to dealing with all manner of conditions, including smoking, weight issues, stress, depression and phobias. This is because so many common conditions are rooted in the same source, namely anxiety.
And anxiety, it seems, is a growing problem in modern society – but a phenomenon that we at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic want to help people overcome.

Stop smoking hypnotherapy in Leeds or E-cigarettes?

Stop smoking hypnotherapy in Leeds or E-cigarettes?

Stop smoking hypnotherapy Leeds e- cigsSo E-Cigarettes Might Not Be That Safe After All.

When I wrote the book “Stop Smoking: It’s a doddle” as a guide and accompaniment to Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic’s stop smoking hypnotherapy programme, I felt it only fair to include a mention of e-cigarettes.

I wasn’t a fan, even if popular opinion seemed to be that “vaping” was an acceptable way of helping people to quit smoking.

In my book such substitutes reflect a failure to address the real issues; e-cigs help perpetuate the myth that so-called nicotine addiction constitutes a physical dependency when in reality smoking is almost entirely a psychological condition.

Times have changed with regards to how to stop smoking

But less than a year ago many politicians and some health professionals were prepared to laud vaping products as lifesavers because it was assumed they were less harmful than cigarettes even though no research had actually deemed them harmless.

Am I just a biased stop smoking hypnotherapist?

Some cynics might say that my lack of enthusiasm for vaping is hardly a surprise – after all aren’t e-cigs in direct competition with treatment at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic? Well, not really because I now have people coming to the clinic wanting to give up vaping as well as smoking. In addition, smoking cessation is only one of the programmes offered at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic where treatment for a wide range of conditions is available.

So, I feel I can remain objective and professional in my opinions regarding smoking.

And I remain convinced that hypnotherapy combined with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most effective way to help people in the UK, or wherever, to quit smoking.

Now new research coming from America says that vaping could be linked to cancer.

This comes just as the UK government is rolling out the idea that vaping is a useful aid for those who want to stop smoking.

Victims of the tobacco companies who don’t want you to just stop smoking.

Worrying, I would say, is the involvement and influence of some tobacco companies in the vaping business. There are now an estimated 2.6 million e-cig users in the UK – so the market is huge.

The real dangers of smoking e- cigarettes instead of stopping smoking.

The latest medical research regarding vaping has come from a team of scientists in San Diego with results published in the medical journal Oral Oncology.

Dr Jessica Weng-Rodriguez, chief of pathology at the San Diego branch of the US Department of Veteran Affairs, who co-authored the report, said: “Vapourised e-cigarette liquids induced increased DNA strand breaks and cell damage.”

She added that many earlier studies had shown that nicotine could damage cells, however, her team’s study indicated that other components in e-cigarettes may be cancer causing.

Her conclusions are that the tests “strongly suggest” that e-cigarettes are not as safe as their marketing makes them appear.

In addition to this, recent research from Harvard University on 51 e-cigarette liquids found some of the components can cause a condition called “popcorn lung” – a narrowing of airways, which is life-threatening.

My attention to both these reports was initiated by articles in The Independent newspaper.

And so the debate goes on – the shuffling of statistics, the claims and counter claims.

But if you are a smoker, my advice is simple.

Take responsibility.

Don’t be a victim.

Make the only sensible choice.

Quit.

When you decide to do so the doors at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic are open.

And it really is a doddle to stop smoking with hypnotherapy in Leeds.

Weight Loss Hypnotherapy in Leeds 2016- Man Up Lose Weight

Weight Loss Hypnotherapy in Leeds 2016- Man Up Lose Weight

Weight loss hypnotherapy- Man Up Lose WeightIs it your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? If so Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic can make sure you succeed by offering weight loss programmes that encourage the positive aspects of slimming down and with the help of hypnotherapy actually make achieving your ideal weight an enjoyable experience. At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic we teach you about awareness. Among our most popular programmes is the Man Up Lose Weight treatment programme – aimed primarily at men. So if you want to make 2016 the year that you do something positive for your well-being, click on the link on the header and visit the weight loss hypnotherapy- Man Up Lose Weight site.

Stop smoking hypnotherapy in Leeds in 2016- Coughers fill the coffers

Stop Smoking Leeds Hypnotherapy ClinicStop smoking hypnotherapy in Leeds in 2016- Coughers fill the coffers

If you a smoke then make 2016 the year you quit smoking – that’s not just my New Year message, on behalf of Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, but it’s at the heart of a new campaign by Public Health England.

The government body has released a short film for TV and the Internet warning people not to ignore what is sometimes known as smokers’ cough. They say there are many people in England unaware of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is a narrowing of the airways that leaves people struggling to complete even simple activities because of “shortness of breath”.

Stop smoking hypnotherapy at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic

At Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic we collate a lot of statistics about a range of conditions and none are more shocking than those relating to the effects of smoking. It is particularly distressing primarily because all smokers are capable of quitting – as I explain in my book Stop Smoking: It’s a doddle.

COPD is an umbrella term for a number of illnesses, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

England’s Chief Medical Officer says: “COPD is a serious lung disease and is not particularly well known. The single best thing a smoker can do to reduce the chances of developing this devastating disease and prolong their lives is to stop smoking.”

This latest government campaign features former Olympic champion athlete Iwan Thomas whose own mother was recently diagnosed with COPD after years of smoking.

She has pledged to make 2016 the year she quits.

I would urge every smoker to do the same.

Stop smoking hypnotherapy

Our doors, here at Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic, are open to all smokers who want to quit. I am also offering my book – Stop Smoking: It’s a doddle for less than half the retail price. You can order a copy from this website or from Waterstones stores. It is also available as an e-book.

A Happy and a Healthy New Year to all from Leeds Hypnotherapy Clinic.