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Start Again in 2010 - The Experts - Smoking

Friday, 15 January 2010

In our "Start Again in 2010" we have chosen two groups of people to focus on. We have taken 3 Mum's who are hoping to shift some of their baby weight and we are taking 3 smokers who have tried everything to stop and really want to. We will follow them for 10 weeks and join them on their journey as they try to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. With the help of a panel of experts we hope to make this happen for them.

We have 3 different methods to try and help our volunteers:
EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Nicotine Replacement and Hypnotherapy.

Who Is The Guest?

First Expert: Joe Duffy Hypnotherapist, Dream Anaylist and Life Skills Coach - Roscommon

For more details you can contact Joe on: 094 9860959.

Joe is a registered Hypnotherapist trained by the Cork based Training Institute I.C.H.P. (Institute of clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy). He first became interested in hypnosis when he was 29 years old. At that time he was using a lot of medical drugs to stay alive and suppress the symptoms of severe asthma.
Then a young medical doctor suggested that he try self-hypnosis to control the attacks. By using self-hypnosis slowly but surely over a period of about 2 years he managed to wean himself off all the medical drugs and also greatly improve his personal health and well being so that now he experience's very few if any asthmatic symptoms.
In l995 he trained with the I.C.H.P. and qualified with Diplomas as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist. In May 2000 he set up a hypnosis clinic in Ballaghaderreen and was able to give assistance to people who wanted to use self-hypnosis to get to the root cause of their inner problems.

Over the past number of years he has given courses (sponsored by Roscommon VEC) to people to show them how to understand and positively influence the dreaming part of their mind. Also in 2006 he worked for 3 months in Castlerea Prison Co Roscommon teaching the prisoners dream classes to help them understand what messages their dreams were giving to them.

He also work's as a "Therapist Supervisor" helping Therapists understand the complexities of the problems that people bring to a Therapist.

We are going to match Rosie up with Hypnotherapist Joe Duffy.

First Smoker: Rosie Carroll Co. Roscommon - She smokes between 25 to 30 a day. She feels like she is a hopeless case. If she could do this she feels that she could do anything.

Second Expert - Kathy Maher Pharmacist - Duleek & Donore Pharmacy, Co. Meath

For more information you can contact Kathy on: 041 981 4563 or and -

She has been a pharmacist for almost 13 years, having completed her training in 1997. She has worked in community pharmacy ever since. She is based in Duleek & Donore Pharmacies, having worked there for 10 years. Herself and her husband own these pharmacies.

She is very active in health promotion and patient education, having won an
award in this field in 2005. She firmly believes that giving patients the information around their medicines/conditions empowers them to making choices to have a healthier lifestyle. Community pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals, with most pharmacies open for 6/7 days a week, often with extended opening hours. People should be encouraged to make use of this free advice, and contact their pharmacists about any health query.

We are going to match William with Pharmacist Kathy Maher and start nicotine replacement.

Second Smoker: William Salinger Dublin - He smokes about 50 a day. He can't even remember why he started. He knew nothing about the dangers of smoking back when he started

Third Expert - EFT Practitioner Norah Sweetman

For further information on the EFT and the work Norah does go to or 086 829 4842 -

She started her teaching career in Montessori and moved through all school age levels, youth projects, adult education and community development. She designs & delivers professional training and development, mentoring, career advice, CV design and life coaching. She uses many different methodologies in her work with clients of all ages and backgrounds.

She discovered EFT three years ago through Gary's DVD's when she was in bed with a recurrent back pain. While watching the DVD's I was amazed to find my back pain improving. This was her first experience of "borrowing benefits". This led her to the Intensive Practitioners Course in America where I saw for herself the type of dramatic relief from physical and emotional pain she had seen on screen. She is currently giving EFT workshops and practising EFT with private clients. She finds it an exciting and fulfilling experience that empowers both herself and her clients.

We are going to match Veronica up with EFT Practitioner Norah Sweetman.

Third Smoker - Veronica O'Donnell Co. Tipperary
Veronica smokes around 20 a day and more when she is out. She did give up smokes a few years ago and went cold Turkey and lasted about 8 months She is willing to try anything and has the full support of her family.

1.Joe Duffy Hypnotherapist, Dream Anaylist and Life Skills Coach (with Rosie)

What is Hypnotherapy?
The simplest answer I can give is that Hypnotherapy is a "natural mind process" used by a Hypnotherapist to help a person achieve goals using their own natural mind power.

How can it help someone to stop smoking?
The person who has made an intellectual decision to stop smoking needs to understand that success will be short lived unless that the emotional part of their mind is satisfied with the decision the smoker has made.
The Hypnotherapist uses good and powerful suggestions to impress the clients subconscious with messages that show the clients subconscious mind that been a permanent non-smoker is an achievable goal.

What does a session involve?
I will use positive suggestions to guide Rosie into a very pleasant relaxed state of mind. In this relaxed state her mind will be more open to receive these suggestions and continue to act upon them after the session is over. Rosie will also be provided with a self-hypnosis CD which she will use to reinforce the positive messages that she needs to achieve her goals.

What are the success rates with Hypnosis?
The success rates are very good but only if the person understands what the process is all about and only if they are motivated and willing to follow the simple but effective instructions they are receiving.

What do I plan to do with Rosie to help her achieve her goal of stopping smoking?
I plan to help Rosie use all her own resources to stop smoking and also to teach her how to let go of any limiting beliefs that could prevent her achieving her goals.
Most people who try to stop smoking will in some way or other end up at war with the habit and we all know that wars bring casualties regardless of who wins. I will be showing Rosie how to be completely at peace with herself as a non smoker and I expect she will be happy and willing to learn how to maintain this.

2.Pharmacist Kathy Maher (with William)

For further information: and -

How addictive is nicotine?
Nicotine is highly addictive, when smoke is inhaled nicotine travels rapidly from lungs to blood. It reaches the brain very quickly and then triggers the pleasurable/comfortable feelings that make people continue to smoke. Once the brain gets used to nicotine and needs more to produce the same feelings. That is why some people find themselves smoking more cigarettes or inhaling more deeply to get the same effect.

What is nicotine replacement therapy?
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) such as patches, lozenges and gum replaces some of the nicotine you from cigarettes, but doesn't deliver the harmful chemicals and gases.

How does it work?
NRT is designed to be reduced gradually until the need for nicotine is gone, that is why it is usually over a 10 - 12 week treatment spell. The type of NRT is usually tailored to suit a person's specific needs, depending on various factors - how many they smoke per day, their smoking habits, and their individual preferences also.

How can it help someone to stop smoking?
NRT provides enough nicotine to help ease the feelings of CRAVING that some people get when they are trying to stop smoking. People are better equipped to utilise their willpower then - using NRT can almost double a persons chance of quitting successfully.

Is it possible to become addicted to nicotine replacement?
With regard to nicotine replacement, the aim is always to use them for a short time, gradually weaning down strength/use to withdraw from the nicotine addiction. There are some people who do use some of the products for longer periods of time, but pharmacists try and encourage them to stop. The chance of this happening is lower with patches, but the choice of product always depends on patient factors.

What are the success rates with Nicotine replacement?
Success in quitting with NRT is also greatly increased with the help and support of a healthcare professional such as a pharmacist or doctor.

What is she planning to do with William to help him achieve his goal of stopping smoking?
I'll bring one of everything on the market with me so I can discuss smoking habits (i.e. how many he smokes and his pattern of smoking), his preference etc with him, then go from there. I tend to find greater success with the use of patches and/or gum to treat bad cravings if they arise. One point that I will definitely reinforce by enlisting the help of a health professional they greatly increase their chances of successful quitting. In this patient's case, I will give him all my contact details and aim to make contact with him at least once/twice per week. If someone was using nicotine products, they usually buy them in the same pharmacy - we would tend to be asking them about their progress each week.

3.EFT Practitioner Norah Sweetman (with Veronica)

What is EFT?
EFT, the emotional tapping technique, is an easy to learn self help technique that relieves stress and physical pain. The method requires that the person taps gently on a series of their accupcture points while vocalizing their issue in a structured way. Combining the tapping on acupuncture points with verbalizing the problem restores the balance in the energy system, relieves pain and stress symptoms and allows tee body and mind to resume its natural healing.

How can it help someone to stop smoking?
The EFT approach to ceasing smoking works on several different levels:
EFT teaches techniques to tap away immediate cravings,
Identifies the emotional drivers that keep you hooked on the smoking, for example, any emotional events attached to starting and/or resuming smoking, the feelings and emotions attached to smoking, limiting beliefs around smoking, and the motivation to stop, Learn the tapping technique to neutralize the old patterns and compulsions.

Dealing with the past, present and future smoking behaviors and beliefs. The client works out strategies to cope with trigger times events and places. Essential for relapse prevention.

EFT works on the emotions and beliefs that underlie the smoking, empowering the client to regain control of their choices and maintain a different life style free of cigarettes.

What does a session involve?
Taking the clients history, medical and psychological.
The history and background to the problem.
The feelings and emotions associated with the issue.
How it affects everyday life and relationships,

Take an intensity level e.g. Ask client to rate the intensity of the problem on a scale of 1 to 10.Ten being very intense (essential to see how effective the session is)

Then do a Set Up Statement.... Which involves naming the problem and an affirmation of self acceptance e.g. "Even though I have this craving I accept myself anyway"
repeat this three times wile tapping on the karate chop point on the hand.

Then tap the round on the acupuncture points expressing all the aspects of the problem Example :
. eyebrow point "these smokes I hate them" ,
. side of eye " I can't give them up"
. under eye " I hate my cough"
. under nose " they are my only treat"
. under mouth " its how I relax"
. collarbone " these smokes I love them"
. underarm " everyone nagging me"
. under chest " the doctor says they are making me sick"
. wrists together "so good with a coffee"
. top of head " they are part of my life"

Do several rounds if necessary till the negative feelings and craving has dropped lower, to less than 7 then repeat the process starting with a Set Up Statement that reflects the change "Even though I still have some cravings I love and accept myself anyway"
this time the tapping round will include some positive statements of choice example
eyebrow point "the wiser part of me knows I can make better choices " side of eye " I love my fags but my health is more important finish the round with whatever aspects or feelings belong to you.

For immediate cravings I would tap on a set up "even though I have these cravings I love and accept myself anyway" then tap the acupuncture points just verbalizing the craving, " I need a smoke" I want a smoke with my coffee" until it drops in
intensity then change to choices.

The practitioner leads the examples based on what the client has told them and the feedback the client gives after each round. The client will always change and add to what the practitioner suggests. The practitioner checks the intensity level with the client through the session. The session finishes with a review of the work done a positive round round and a tapping plan to help with cravings throughout the week.

What is the success rate with EFT?
A study with Carol Look EFT Master and expert in using EFT for addictions claimed an 80% success rate on giving up cigarettes with those who committed to the practice of her method. Two of my clients who have given up smoking, one has 100% success and the other has stopped her entire health programme due to her mother's illness. We are also conducting a survey with our clients at present and awaiting results

Is it easy to Practice at home?
The basic EFT skills can be learned with a practitioner or from the Gary Craig manual free from or from a weekend workshop. When learned is very easy to practice at home, or elsewhere, However major physical or emotional issues would require an experienced practitioner. While EFT has great results in clearing pain and
stress, it is not a substitute for medical attention. EFT is a self help tool.

What do you intend to do with Veronica to help her achieve her goals and stop her smoking?
Using the model session outlined in the previous question, I design an individual programme that works on her underlying issues that drive her smoking and the everyday challenges that she faces. The programme will be tailored to meet her changing needs as we work towards a new lifestyle.

Are there any triggers you can help her over come?
EFT works so effectively because it identifies triggers and then has methods of tapping them away. The focus on the past, present and the future gives comprehensive support to the client in making long term changes.

The stopping date for all our smokers is Monday the 18th of Jan when they have their first session with their expert.

They will be given a journal on the show so that they can record how they are doing/feeling over the 10 weeks.

They will each be given a project to complete over the 10 weeks to keep their hands busy when they feel they feel the urge to smoke.

. Rosie will be given a starter knitting kit.

. William will be given an air fix kit

. Veronica will be given a paint by numbers kit.

They will all be asked as their first entry in their journal to write the following:

An honest list of al the things they like about smoking, then another
A list of why quitting won't be easy and then
A list of reasons of why they want to quit.

These will be brought when they meet their expert on Monday for their first session.

Additional / Misc' Info:

The benefits of giving up

. The health benefits start right away when you give up smoking:
. Within 20 minutes your circulation will improve, your heart rate and blood pressure will get lower. This reduces your risk of heart attack straight away.
. Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood will drop and the oxygen level will go up.
. Within 24-48 hours all the carbon monoxide will have left your body.
. Within a few days your sense of smell and taste will start to improve.
. After 72 hours your breathing will improve and your energy levels will increase.
. Within 2 or 3 months your lung capacity can increase by up to 30%.
. Within 1 year your chance of heart attack drops by half and within 10 years the risk drops to almost the same as a non-smoker.
. Within 5 years the risk of smoking related cancers will be greatly reduced.
. Once you give up, your lungs start to fight back by coughing up tar. A mug full of tar builds up in the lungs of a 20 a day smoker over the period of a year. It is the toxic chemicals in tar that cause cancer.

These are just some benefits. No matter what age you give up smoking, you will:

. look and feel better
. have fresher breath and cleaner teeth, hair, skin and fingers
. have more control of your life
. be fitter and have more energy
. reduce your risk of illness
. reduce the complications of existing illnesses
. have a better quality of life
. be a good role model for your children or grandchildren
. have more money
. have a healthier family as they will not be exposed to your second-hand smoke

Smoking Facts

. Most smokers (83%) regret that they ever started smoking and would not smoke if they had the choice again.
. Every 6.5 seconds someone in the world dies from tobacco use = 1.5 million people dying needlessly each year.
. Every cigarette a person smokes reduces his/her life by five and a half minutes.
. In Ireland, smoking is the leading cause of avoidable death. Nearly 7,000 people die each year from the effects of smoking and thousands of others are ill because of smoking-related diseases.


There are around 4000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, here are just a handful of them.

Nicotine: Nicotine is a colourless, poisonous alkaloid, derived from the tobacco plant. It is a powerful drug, which affects the brain and quickly becomes addictive. It can also be found in weedkiller.

Tar: "Tar" is the term used to describe the toxic chemicals found in cigarettes. This is a sticky brown substance that forms when tobacco cools and condenses. It collects in the lungs and can cause cancer.

Carbon Monoxide: An odourless, colourless gas that is released from burning tobacco. When it is inhaled it enters the blood stream and interferes with the working of the heart and the blood vessels. Up to 15% of a smoker's blood can be carrying carbon monoxide instead of oxygen.

Arsenic: Arsenic-containing pesticides used in tobacco farming occur in small quantities in cigarette smoke. Arsenic is commonly found in rat poison.

Ammonia - floor cleaner: Ammonia is a toxic, colourless gas with a sharp odour. Ammonia compounds are commonly used in cleaning products and fertilizers. Also used to boost the impact of nicotine in manufactured cigarettes.

Acetone - Nail polish remover: Fragrant volatile liquid ketone, used as a solvent, for example, nail polish remover.

Toluene - Explosives: Toluene is a highly toxic chemical. The main uses of toluene in industry include rubbers, oils, resins, adhesives, inks, detergents, dyes and explosives.
Methylamine - tanning lotion: A chemical found in tanning lotion.

Pesticides - DDT: A number of pesticides (chemicals used to kill pests, usually insects) are present in cigarette smoke. - pesticides are toxic. These pesticides find their way into cigarettes because they're used on tobacco plants as they are growing.
Polonium -210: A radioactive element - used in nuclear weapons, also used as an atomic heat source.

Methanol : A fuel used in the aviation industry.

Formaldehyde: It causes cancer, and can damage your lungs, skin and digestive system. Embalmers use it to preserve dead bodies.
Lead: Lead poisoning stunts your growth, makes you vomit, and damages your brain.

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