Would You Quit Smoking For Your Pet’s Health?
A study conducted in America among 3,300 smokers has found that 28% of people would try and quit smoking cigarettes when they discovered that their second hand cigarette smoke could harm their pets. The study found that many pet owners were “devoted to their pet and that this devotion could be tapped into to spur people on to stop smoking for good.
I try to be as positive as I can in what I do and how I do it but when I read about this report I had a huge amount of pessimism about just how effective it could be to focus on the effects of smoking on animals.
My first problem is with how the study was done (or reported on at least). People who were smoking in the home were informed that they may be contributing to their pets becoming ill and 28% said they would try and stop.
“Try” is a word I use frequently in my hypnotherapy sessions. I use it when I want someone to fail at something. I often say things like “You will find your eyes are so heavy that no matter how hard you try you will not be able to open them.” So for pet owners to say they will try just suggests to me that they will fail.