It's widely publicised that cigarettes are bad for our heath. Here is a list of the many horrific chemicals and drugs that are in the average cigarette.

When we think of chemicals in cigarettes we instantly think of nicotine; this is the least of your worries compared to some of the other 4,000 plus components to tobacco smoke, many of which are known poisons. You would not normally consume any of these chemicals but it is socially acceptable to, when it is in a cigarette.

Here are just a few of the deadly and toxic chemicals found in your cigarettes:

Acetone – Commonly found in nail polish remover or paint stripper
Ammonia – Found in many domestic toilet cleaning products and urine
Arsenic – Poison
Cadmium – An extremely poisonous metal used in batteries
Carbon monoxide – Poisonous gas given off by exhausts, gas fires and cigarette smoke. Can be fatal in large quantities and in small amounts such as from cigarettes will effect the smoker’s breathing capacity
Cyanide – Lethal gas
Formaldehyde – Used for the preservation of dead bodies
Naphthalene – Used in moth balls
Nicotine –  Nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream when smokers inhale and immediately begins to increase heart rate and causes a rise in blood pressure.
Tar – Stains fingers and teeth a yellow brown colour and clogs smoker’s lungs
Vinyl chloride – Used to make PVC

These are all poisonous, hazardous and dangerous chemicals and substances to be putting into our bodies everyday and has been proven to have serious long term effects. Passive smoking has also been proven harmful too, if you live with a smoker, you could also be inhaling these dangerous chemicals.

New Scientist Publication:

The effectiveness of hypnosis in stopping smoking

Various studies support the effectiveness of hypnosis in smoking cessation. The largest ever study was conducted by University of Iowa, which combined the results from more than 600 studies covering over 70,000 smokers from across America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. They found that on average, hypnosis proved to be over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times more effective than trying to quit alone. The study was published in an article by Robert Matthews in New Scientist in 1992. Entitled How One in Five Have Given up Smoking, Matthews writes: "Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking."

90.6% success rate for smoking cessation using hypnosis.

In 2007, a study by the North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital found that hospitalised patients were much more likely to quit through use of hypnotherapy than any other method. Another study undertaken by the University of Washington's School of Medicine reported a 90.6% success rate for smoking cessation using hypnosis. So there is an increasingly authoritative body of evidence that suggests hypnotherapy is the single most effective method to help smokers quit.

The biggest advantage of hypnosis is that it is a safe way to give up smoking without any side effects ...

Through hypnotherapy, the unconscious mind can become a powerful aid in helping smokers to change their smoking-related beliefs, whilst also modifying specific habits and behaviours, and nullifying withdrawal symptoms. With hypnotherapy, a smoker can walk away from their toxic habit feeling liberated and free, exhilarated by the ease with which they have quit. Techniques focus on retraining the unconscious mind to dismiss any self-limiting and negative beliefs about quitting, whilst helping to boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

The biggest advantage of hypnosis is that it is a safe way to give up smoking without any side effects and can be used by anyone, no matter the state of their health. Most of all, it's nicotine-free.