June 11, 2012 — Smokers are at almost twice the risk of dying of any cause at older ages than people who never smoked, and contrary to popular belief, quitting smoking — even at an older age — reduces the risk for death, according to a study published in the June 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
For clinicians who want to provide such a warning now, Dr. Lamb- Tai Hing Lamb, MD, from the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health – offers the acronym AWARD: A, ask about smoking; W, warn your patients about the great chance of dying from smoking-related disease; A, advise your patients to quit smoking and cut their risk for death; R, refer your patients to smoking cessation; and D, do it again until they quit.
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Clinical Hypnotherapy offers tools to achieve smoking cessation. Learning new habits is always difficult, only that when we are children, we accept such difficulty and put up with it, until our goal is achieved. Hypnotherapy can contribute to convince you of the importance of your goal, boost your motivation, find distraction and relaxation techniques to cope with stressful moments and develop new strategies to fill in the time and activity left empty by the smoking cessation. Ultimately it is the person who decides to undertake change and who is responsible for this change. The feeling of self control after such an important change is very pleasant and exciting.