Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Manchester
Manchester, which means all M postcode areas, including Salford, as you would expect has a very good choice of therapists to help you to stop smoking. The National Health Service, naturally, are well represented there with their drug products, and if taking drugs to stop smoking is your thing that there is plenty of help and advice available, either from their telephone advice service or of course from your GP.
On a more serious note, there are hypnotherapists and acupuncturists throughout the city, so you shouldn’t have to travel far to see someone. National Stop Smoking Centres are represented in the city with The Phoenix Stop-Smoking Programme (which is appropriate only for the hardest cases – if you think that’s you do read all the details on the website:http://www.national-smoking-cessation-institute.org/phoenix/index.htm), but there are also NSSC hypnotherapy and acupuncture branches in Sale, Prestwich and Salford.
Independent therapists are also represented in the greater Manchester area, with an acupuncturist in Salford, and hypnotherapists in Urmston, Stretford, Irlam and Chorlton-cum-Hardy. And finally there is an Allen Carr’s Easyway franchise in Manchester.
Interesting news from the world of smoking
Further to the recent ban on the open display of tobacco products in supermarkets, one of the biggest tobacco companies, Imperial Tobacco, has just lost its case in the British Supreme Court to get the ban overturned. Their argument was that the ban will not reduce the likely take-up of smoking by young people, but the court did not accept the argument. It was unlikely to do so, so I think the case was a long shot for Imperial Tobacco. No-one knows whether the ban will produce the desired effect, but on the balance of probabilities one has to say it might well do so. In addition, as I think I have mentioned before, there is no moral justification for displaying cigarettes in supermarkets. Actually, there is no moral justification for selling tobacco in supermarkets, but one step at a time.
The BBC website has been quoting from a recent study that shows that women who smoke, at all, meaning even if they smoke very little, have an increased risk of heart failure than women who do not smoke at all. This is quoted as suggesting that people (I’m guessing the fact that the study looked at women is not really significant) should stop smoking. I wouldn’t argue with that, but I am concerned that it seems to imply that smoking less is no better than smoking more. I think we have an enormous number of people who try to stop smoking and fail, and that there has to be a different model we could apply to these people that doesn’t ostracise them for smoking, so much, say, as smoking heavily.
So whilst the message stands that smoking, at all, is a bad thing, I wonder if we shouldn’t be looking at a supplemental message that if you really can’t stop then cutting down is a very valid and valuable second best.