Butting it out

You may think that this is a topic that has been spoken about one too many times, but I feel that it cannot be spoken about enough as it is still a very big part of society and the business industry, which is keeping many people employed, including my hard-working father… the dreaded tobacco leaf and the addictive nicotine. In other words is could be a win-lose situation. But I am not only concerned about those who do smoke but also those who are innocent, which is what Debbie Thwaits emphasized a great deal.

It was a random night out in the town, as one would say, and after a few drinks, with the music ‘pumping’, lights flashing and everyone in high spirits (excuse the pun), I thought that it would be a “cool thing” to have a drag or two of a friends cigarette. This is only because I was standing there in the smoking section with friends (majority whom smoke), and thought it would be sociable and make me look as if I was doing something. Something triggered that it was wrong and I stopped immediately. The habit of smoking runs in my family including, my grandfather, his daughter (my aunt, Debbie Thwaits), his son (my father) as well as my brother.

Smoking is a common habit of many people all over the world, whether there are strict rules about smoking areas or not. The country that Debbie mentioned which has the most amounts of people smoking is Asia, and in a way, unfortunately, it is increasing. Australia on the other hand has the opposite effect, with the numbers reducing. This is due to how expensive the cigarettes are and the fact that companies are not allowed to advertise it. There are also very limited places in Asia in which smoking is not allowed. To a point I do agree with this, as I am not a smoker and the “second-hand smoke hazards” do affect me, but then again, it is providing many people, especially in Africa (Zimbabwe) with an income, preventing poverty. The Gaurdian.UK reiterated this point by stating that, “After a decade of agricultural turmoil that crashed the economy, this sector is seen as one of the few bright spots. The crop’s value has bounced back from £105m in 2008 to more than £330m this year (2012). Moreover, whereas tobacco production was once dominated by a white elite, now tens of thousands of farmers are black”.

Debbie Thwaits, a Hypnotherapist, said, “South Africa has become a lot more aware of the secondary smoke health hazards and its acceptance is decreasing greatly”. Thank goodness South Africa is not ignoring this issue, because health is just as important as the politics and economics of the country.

I can also see how drastically smoking habits have improved since Debbie’s era of the 1960s. Doctor’s used to smoke in the consulting rooms with their sick patients, and sometimes even tell them “take up smoking, it will help your condition”. Not only in consulting rooms but also in “trains, movies and nearly every place, every room in the house”. My aunty and her lifestyle when she smoked is a prime example of how quickly it can affect you. Debbie started at the age of 14 in the stables in Zimbabwe with my father and uncle, and said to her brothers “I just want to try this”. Everyone always says that and thinks that it will go that way, but it never does.  And what happened… all three of them became addicted from the age of fourteen. As Debbie stated, you have to want to give up smoking. But which teenager wants to give up smoking when it looks “cool”? Finally Debbie gave up in 1995 for five years. She read a book by the name of “Easy way to stop smoking” by Allan Carr.  The 2000 millennium party came, and after a few drinks, same situation as me, she thought she was strong enough to handle one or two puffs. She proved herself wrong and ended up a full-blown smoker again. Sadly, Debbie as well as my family had the trauma of seeing my Grandfather pass away at the age of 67, caused by the dreaded tobacco leaf and nicotine. He got emphysema as well as lung cancer, which eventually spread. In just three weeks after finding out about his cancer, he was not around any longer. It blew everyone away as the pace was so rapid. This was Debbie’s “turning point”, and saw a new light that smoking is a ‘killer’ no matter what people say, such as, “you’re young, enjoy it” and “you only live once”. Precisely, you do only have one life, and it should not be wasted on an illness that you CAN prevent.

As mentioned above, Debbie Thwaits is a Hypnotherapist, and has a business that she runs on her own, “Quit smoking in 60 minutes”. She did this training coarse in Australia (obviously) as she implied that natural therapies are becoming a much bigger industry as people are tired of anti-biotic’s and are moving away from ‘drugs’ as such. Debbie was taught, as well as witnessed that people do in fact smoke to be part of a particular group, and to be “cool”. A cigarette provides “love and connection” for someone as the smoking group all have something in common. Smoking is in someone’s sub-conscious because they feel that they need the ‘love’ with any emotion that they are feeling, therefore, Debbie mentioned the cigarette becomes “your friend”. In order for those who are smoking to go to Debbie, you have to want to give up smoking, so Debbie will be able to align your sub-conscious and conscious, through looking at your daily movements. You can only help yourselves at the end of the day. But some of you may be too far down the wrong road to prevent this harm?



Debbie Thwaits – (082) 355 1770