The National Council for Hypnotherapy Responds to Proposed Cigarette Sale Ban for Under 21s in New York

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The city is about to take the first steps towards banning the selling of cigarettes to those under 21 years of age.

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‘Habits can be hard to break but with the correct support and willingness to change, quitting smoking can be achieved by using hypnotherapy as an aid to support the desire to quit.

According to The Guardian, New York has taken the first steps towards making the purchasing of cigarettes illegal for citizens under 21 years of age. The bill, backed and introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg would mean that the current law which allows anyone over 18 years old to purchase and smoke cigarettes, would mean that anyone under 21 would not be able to purchase cigarettes anywhere in the state of New York.

City council speaker Christine Quinn said, ‘By delaying our city’s children and young adults access to lethal tobacco products, we’re decreasing the likelihood they ever start smoking, and thus, creating a healthier city.’

Whilst we are aware that stopping smoking is beneficial worldwide and figures show that 99% of all first use of tobacco occurs by age 26 meaning that if youth and young adults manage to avoid smoking or other tobacco products, very few will begin smoking after that age. For those that do, it is also worth noting the various methods that are available to aid quitting such as nicotine replacement therapy as well as complementary methods like hypnotherapy. Quitting smoking with hypnotherapy helps to strengthen the desire and willpower to give up as a representative from the National Council of Hypnotherapy explained, ‘Habits can be hard to break but with the correct support and willingness to change, quitting smoking can be achieved by using hypnotherapy as an aid to support the desire to quit.’

The National Council for Hypnotherapy continues to follow health related news.

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members. Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites. As one of the largest registers of independent Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop standards for the benefit of the profession, now and into the future.

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