Acupuncturists and Hypnotherapists in Barnet
I’m not entirely sure where Barnet is. I don’t mean I can’t find it on a map, I mean if I had to drive there I don’t think I would know if I had arrived. Looking at our Barnet page, I see it includes places like Edgware, which I always thought was in Middlesex, and if I’m not mistaken you write Middlesex as part of the address, but officially it is apparently part of the London Borough of Barnet, so I remain confused.
And Finchley and Temple Fortune both seem to have London postcodes, so why are they in Barnet? I confess I don’t know, but after some research given that I am responsible for making sure smokers can find a hypnotherapist in Finchley or an acupuncturist in Edgware, I decided that as puzzled as I am so are other people probably, so places like Finchley and Temple Fortune are listed here, in Barnet in Hertfordshire, as well as in ‘London postcodes’. If you know any better, or you are a hypnotherapist in Edgware, say, and you want to show in the correct place, do please email and let me know how this all works.
Meanwhile, even if the logic is far from clear, I will continue to work on the basis of showing these locations on more than one page in the Directory, so wherever smokers look they will find what they need.
News from the world of smoking
The BBC have recently featured on their website a study of smoking in women that purports to show that most of the damage to your health happens after the age of 30. The headline was that women who stop smoking by the age of thirty ‘evade earlier death risks’.
I’m not sure if this is good news or not, especially given that very few young people stop smoking; in fact the median age for smokers who seek stop-smoking therapy, according to The National Smoking Cessation Institute, is the mid-forties. Indeed the article goes on to quote warnings that this information should not be seen by young women as a licence to continue smoking until they are 30. It also fails to mention that although this figure applies to women, that is only because the research has been done with women, because this is apparently the first large-scale, long-term study specifically of women’s smoking since women started smoking as much as men after the second world war.
What is also pointed out in the article, although perhaps not as strongly as it might have been, is that the issue for young smokers is not of course that they are going to die younger. A woman in her twenties is unlikely to be too concerned that she might die, say, at the age of seventy-five rather than eighty-five. For young women the bigger issues are the more immediate effects on their health and fitness, on their complexion and their general cosmetic appearance but, perhaps most importantly, on their ability to reproduce. This might helpfully be seen in conjunction with the fact that women are now leaving it so late, in some case too late, to start having children, and this fact, coupled with smoking, is seemingly an increasing reason why so many women are failing to get pregnant when they finally do want to.
It would therefore seem that young women are failing to consider the real cost of smoking when they decide that it is something they can do until they have to ‘grow up’ and get serious about life. Indeed, that could be a more serious mistake than many realise, and the damage may already be done in fact even before the age of thirty.