Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Wigan
I have never been to Wigan. I have spent a great deal of time in Manchester and Liverpool over many years, but for some reason Wigan has never been on my itinerary, so I know nothing about the place. I note though that National Stop Smoking Centres have one of their low-cost hypnotherapy branches there. I imagine this is in response to a need in the town for therapy that people can afford if they are in straitened circumstances, which suggests that Wigan is a deprived area, as we use to say, although I expect there is a more politically correct term now. The facts, though, remain the same; if Wigan and its surrounding area is not prosperous (and where is nowadays?) then there is certainly a need to provide help at a cost that most people can afford. It is never going to be possible to compete, if I might use that word, with the National Health Service, which can provide products free of charge to help people in Wigan stop smoking, but hypnotherapists in Wigan are providing a service that the NHS can’t, and some of those Wigan hypnotherapists will want to help as much as they can. Private therapists have to earn a living just like anyone else (including NHS staff), but having said that the attitude does vary a lot, especially among hypnotherapists rather than acupuncturists. I’m afraid I have to say the reason for this is that acupuncturists don’t, as a profession, charge any extra for helping people to stop smoking, whereas hypnotherapists often do, it being a maxim of many in the world of hypnotherapy that you charge smokers more because they are going to make a big financial saving when they stop. It’s not an attitude I would condone but then I’m not a hypnotherapist.
This page also covers Lowton and Skelmersdale.
Interesting news from the world of smoking
There’s a nice story in the Daily Mail this week about Mayor Bloomberg’s continuing campaign against smoking (among other things) in New York. Like a lot of media stories, it isn’t actually a story at all, because the press have got hold of a headline about something that isn’t in fact happening. What they are saying is that there is a new law afoot in the city that prohibits smoking in private homes. It’s a good headline, but there is no truth in it. There is a real story, but it wasn’t apparently strong enough for the papers so they made up their own one around it.
The real story is that the local authority in New York is going to encourage landlords of rented apartments to include a condition in their leases that prohibits smoking. If course this is already open to landlords to do, and I don’t know but I imagine some landlords not just in the the United States but in the UK and other countries as well routinely already do this. The difference in New York is that they have been given a grant by the Centres for Disease Control that enable them to offer an inducement to community groups to encourage (persuade?) landlords not only to include this condition for new tenants but to add it into their lease for existing tenants when the lease comes up for renewal. This raises the issue of a tenant suddenly finding that they can’t smoke in their apartment where they could before. The idea is that these tenants simply ‘move on’, although if there is a buyers’ market landlords might not be too keen on losing a good tenant for no better reason that that. I can see this producing plenty of work for New York lawyers!