During her 50 years as a psychologist, Pam has studied and practiced hypnosis in order to help people with their problems. Her work and research into the fascinating area of self-hypnosis has resulted in an important technique for promoting personal change.

Post No. 28: Giving Up Smoking (moi) Pt. 3

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Post No. 28: Giving Up Smoking (moi) Pt. 3

While Julia Gillard was Prime Minister plain packaging of cigarettes became law. We have been pursued mercilessly through international courts of law by Big Tobacco, infuriated by our successful attempt at reducing their obscene profits on what are actually poisons and killers. And won every time.

When most free trade agreements are enacted there is a clause that enables multi-national companies to sue any government whose policies reduce their profits. The proceedings are held in closed courts and are not subject to appeal.

Our recent free trade agreement appears to be a fait accomplis but the details are shrouded in mystery.

If that clause is included the tobacco companies will get back all that they calculate they have lost in revenue because of our laws.

A chilling thought.

And another chilling thought is that the tobacco companies knew their products were killers long before the unsuspecting addicted millions of smokers.

It relaxed you, it gave you something to do with your hands, it made you feel sophisticated or in the case of men, macho and irresistible. What could go wrong>

Although the men issued with free tobacco during World War 2 must have had some suspicions: they named them “gaspers” and “coffin nails”, but smoked them nevertheless.

At a table of 50 friends at Diethnes Greek Restaurant in 1977, all but one were smokers. Of the same 50 now, only two remain smokers.

As I have frequently mentioned, giving up cigarette smoking is a very challenging task. You will have a much greater chance of success if you use my script, alter it to suit yourself, and record it in your own voice.

Listening to my voice, or someone else’s, can work but with much less probability of success.

About the Author:

I will soon be 81 years old and tickled pink to be still upright. I have a good life. I still see clients, mainly in their own homes. I attend a lot of congresses, conferences and training sessions (never too old to learn). My apartment sits across from the north end of Maroubra Beach with 270 deg. views. There is always something intriguing to gaze at – the whales and dolphins twice a year, the stand-up paddle boarders, the surfers, the walkers, the beautiful surf in all its moods. Every morning two lorikeets come for their wholemeal bread. I often sit on the balcony and cook lunch on my portable grill, sitting amongst pots of lettuce, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, chillies, and herbs: French tarragon, bayleaf, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint and parsley. Throw a handful of herbs on every meal. My wonderful son has an equally lovely wife and three sons, 18, 16 and 14. They are the joy of my life as are my many good friends (some dating back to primary school) and colleagues. I was divorced, and later had two very dear partners, now deceased. One of them was Bill Peach; many of you may remember him. I was with him for 15 years until he died in 2013. He infected me with the travel bug, with many overseas and domestic Journeys taking place each year. The other long-term relationship left me with a taste for champagne, good wine, gourmet food and the Opera. Most of my life I have played tennis and golf, surfed (even in winter) and skied overseas and locally. Slowing down a bit now, love to see a film and do cryptic crosswords and sudoko. Passionate about bridge. I feel I have been very fortunate and would like to continue in that vein. Fingers crossed.