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— Smoking causes 6 million deaths a year

Nicotine addiction is a deadly disease

Most people are aware that smoking is bad for our health – yet according to the World Health Organization around one billion people continue to use tobacco.

This is due to the powerful hold of nicotine, which creates bonds that are difficult to break by using willpower alone.  However, for those who are able to seek professional help, the health benefits of giving up smoking can be enormous.

Nicotine acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant.  This means that it can pacify our emotions and concentrate our thoughts. This makes it a highly addictive drug.  In addition to physical dependency, nicotine also has a suppressant effect on our emotions that can lead to psychological addiction.

The health toll for smokers and their families

The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco products kill around six million people a year. In addition to damaging the health of the smoker, cigarettes also cause immense harm to their families. Around 600,000 of the annual tobacco-related deaths are due to second-hand smoke.  The "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" estimates that non-smokers who inhale other people’s smoke are at increased risk of heart disease by 25-30%.

Cigarette smoke contains around 4,000 chemicals. These include at least 250 substances that are deemed to be harmful and 50 of which are known to cause cancer. The "U.S. Food & Drug Administration" has stated that tobacco smoke contains respiratory toxins like ammonia and acetone, along with carcinogens such as arsenic, formaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.

Helping clients to beat nicotine addiction

Thankfully, many smokers can – and do – successfully become abstinent from nicotine. However, the strong cravings that result from nicotine withdrawal can make it very difficult to cease smoking without the care and support of clinical experts and counsellors.

In fact, the "World Health Organization" has stated that counselling and medical support can double the chances that a smoker who wishes to quit will succeed.  At The Kusnacht Practice, we believe our unique method of combining evidence-based medical therapies with complementary treatments and spiritual programmes is the best way forward. 

Our long-term goal is to assist you - and your family - to achieve a healthy lifestyle without the need for nicotine.

Useful sources:

World Health Organization

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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