We've all seen pictures of lungs removed from deceased smokers. They resemble something offered at a bad barbecue and pictures like these display the true horror of what cigarettes do to a human body. The problem is that, as with ads on TV that show terminal cancer patients or photographs of gravestones, these pictures of the harmful effects of smoking create fear. And fear is not always a helpful force for becoming a non-smoker. Often it makes smokers reach for a comforting cigarette.
This program helps you get round the fear of stopping smoking - in fact you don't have to stop until you feel totally ready:
Quit smoking with hypnosis - in 10 easy steps
Governments tend to rely on the income from smoking taxation. According to figures from ASH, the UK Treasury earned just over £8 billion in revenue from tobacco duties in the 2002-03 financial year. From an economic point of view, they aren't really interested in too many people stopping smoking too quickly - there would be a big hole in the budget figures. This isn't a moral judgment on any particular government, just a harsh economic reality. But what do you think would happen if quit smoking adverts were positive? If they depicted images of happy and energetic ex-smokers enjoying fitness, health and prosperity? In short, if adverts "sold" stopping smoking as positively as they sell washing powder or a new car?
Forget the "stop smoking because it will kill you" approach, and start thinking about stopping because of the positive benefits, such as living longer and enjoying a better quality of life. Do you see the difference?
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