Hypnotherapists in Bromley
Heading out of London we have a good number of therapists listed in Croydon, and the next stop head south-east is Bromley. There are of course many hypnotherapists in Bromley, and I am pleased to see we do now have a reasonable list for smokers to choose from, including National Stop Smoking Centres branches in both Bromley and Beckenham. As always, there is a dearth of acupuncturists, which is partly our responsibility for not making the effort to find more for you, but actually there just aren’t that many acupuncturists who specialise in helping people to stop smoking. This is something the National Smoking Cessation Institute is working on with their campaign to encourage acupuncturists to specialise in the important work. Meanwhile, as I say, we have several hypnotherapists in Bromley, and in any case hypnotherapy is the therapy that will work for most smokers.
News from the world of smoking
I have just been reading an interesting feature on the BBC website about James Buchanan Duke, “Father of the modern cigarette”.
It seems that Mr Buchanan is credited with developing the machinery and the business structure, that made him the first true purveyor of cigarettes to the masses. Jordan Goodman, the author of Tobacco in History, says that Buck Duke helped to create the modern cigarette by pioneering the marketing and distribution systems that led to the phenomenal success of cigarettes as a commercial product worldwide. Robert proctor of Stanford University says that, “The cigarette is the deadliest artefact in the history of human civilisation. It killed about 100 million people in the twentieth century”. This would probably have happened without Duke, because if not him then some other entrepreneur would have done the same thing, but to him goes the dubious honour of being credited with making it happen when it did.
What Duke did was to mechanise an existing industry in which cigarettes were hand rolled. His mechanisation was so successful that it left with a problem of overproduction. Now, he could manufacture more cigarettes than it was possible to sell into the existing market. So the challenge was to create a new market for that huge number of cigarettes.
In the fifteen years to 1900, cigarette smoking in the USA quadrupled. That, though, was just the beginning. This was the era of big advertising in America, and what started there soon arrived here. You have to remember that for many years it was thought, believe it or not, that cigarette were beneficial for the health. How people thought such a thing is hard to credit now, because how can inhaling tar be anything but bad?
The next big leaps for the cigarette industry was when women started to smoke, at first in private but eventually in public, on a large scale, and then the advent of the mass consumer market, especially since the second world war. What that has left us with is a belief that we can have anything we want, because we can afford it. What we are just beginning to realise is that, thanks to pioneers like Buck Duke we can afford the purchase price of tobacco but that is not the full price that we pay.