According to a recent study carried out by researchers from the University of Bradford, a father who smokes can pass on damaged genes to his children – subsequently raising their offspring’s risk of cancer.
Fertile sperm takes approximately three months to develop fully, suggesting that males who are planning a family with their partner should attempt to kick their smoking habit at least 12 weeks before beginning to try for a baby in order to avoid any potential risks.
Dr Diana Anderson who worked on the study said: ‘Smoking by fathers at the time around conception can lead to genetic changes in their children. These changes may raise the risk of developing cancer.’
According to statistics, around 70% of smokers wish to kick their habit but don’t believe they will be able to. Mustering up the will power to start trying is sometimes half the battle, as is maintaining your new smoke-free life style and resisting temptation to start-up once again.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most popular forms of complementary therapy for tobacco cessation, and is often successfully used by individuals who have not had any success using traditional methods.
Hypnosis addresses both physical and psychological aspects of quitting, and employs a combination of techniques and positive suggestion to reprogramme the conscious and unconscious mind to retrain the brain so that those negative habits can be turned into ones that are more positive.
If you are looking to end your tobacco habit for good, visit our Quitting Smoking page to find out how a hypnotherapist may be able to help you.
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