For a large percentage of the world’s population, smokeless cigarette is a substance they have tried, if not something used regularly. Most people associate smokeless tobacco with sports stars, and incorrectly believe that it is a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately for smokeless tobacco users, this can all too often prove dead wrong.
All different types of people use this highly addictive substance and no one is safe, dependent on income, race, or gender. The reasons for going smokeless vary widely from appetite control to generalized stress relief. And this epidemic is hurting the world. Targeting the world’s future with the primary users being only teenagers and sometimes preteens, it is a debilitating substance.
The truth of the matter is that teens and smokeless tobacco are getting to be too familiar with each other and creating lifelong habits and health risks that are just too great to be overlooked and too dangerous to be ignored. Child use of smokeless tobacco is on the constant rise, with some users starting when they are only 9 or 10 years old.
Rural Caucasian teenagers have the highest risk of using smokeless tobacco products, and if the teenagers share a home with an adult user, their chances of also using smokeless tobacco rises dramatically. In the U.S. among high school students grades 9-12, an average of 9.3% use smokeless tobacco. In white male students, the average is approximately 1 user in 5 students.
But what are the effects of smokeless tobacco and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it? On the plus side of course is "looking cool," and fitting in. It also causes an odd sensation in users by first relaxing them, by the release of dopamine in the brain, and then exciting them with a release of adrenaline. Also the appetite is suppressed.
On the down side are more consequences that make the reasons to chew look pretty weak. Use of smokeless tobacco causes a wide variety of diseases, along with tooth and gum problems, bad breath, and of course the financial spending of the user to obtain smokeless tobacco. Most tobacco users using one can per day, over thirty years at current prices will spend up to fifty thousand dollars on chewing tobacco, assuming they live that long.
There are no known cures for either the oral or the gastrointestinal cancers smokeless tobacco brings, and this may cost a fortune in treatment and sadly, perhaps funeral costs.
Quitting smokeless tobacco is widely believed to be much harder than quitting smoking. One aspect of the addiction is the great amount of nicotine absorbed by the body when chewing or dipping. This amount is two times as much as that received from smoking a cigarette.
But how can one quit smokeless tobacco? Various products are available to help wean users off of snuff and chew, such as a product that uses mint leaves to mimic the tobacco without supplying the nicotine. And some success has been shown with the same shot that inhibits receptors for smoking. But the best way to quit and permanently stay tobacco-free without withdrawal, stress, and weight gain is through using hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy offers a two-fold attack to the systematic chewing or dipping reflex built up by your prior habits and lifestyle choices. It first works to eliminate the emotional reasons why you need a dipp, and then it works to end the mental habit itself.
First you’ll want to consider the emotional reasons. Dopamine is a "feel good" chemical produced by your body and released by your brain during times of happiness. In times of stress, dopamine can produce a general feeling of well being. Some common occurrences of natural release include eating a large meal, or sexual relief. In other words, putting some chew into the mouth gives pleasure and relaxation. The very essence of hypnosis is relaxation, and hypnosis is superb for stress relief and relaxation.
Hypnosis also works to break the cycle of expectation that your mind creates. When you put in a chew after dinner, your mind starts to tell your body that you require a chew every time you finish eating dinner. By blocking or eliminating this unconscious thought process, you won’t feel compelled to habitually use smokeless tobacco.
By extinguishing these two root causes of chewing tobacco use, hypnotherapy can extinguish the compulsion to chew or dipp, ending your need for the extra release of dopamine. Thus freeing you from this lethal addiction and allowing a stress free method for quitting.