What happens to an individual physically and socially when, as a life long, healthy living non-smoker, he starts to smoke cigarettes?
What happens to an individual physically and physiologically when having smoked 10 cigarettes a day since her early teens she decides to give up unsupported?
Smoke Swap follows producer/director Perry (non-smoker) and presenter Katie (smoker) as they embark on this social experiment in the run up to the ban on smoking in public places on 1st July 2007.
Under the watchful eye of Dr. Mace, Perry and Katie will be monitored for the positive and the negatives effects of their actions. He will chart the changes in the cotimine levels, carbon monoxide levels, skin, respiratory system – oxygen carrying capacity, sperm and general health over a two week period. (It would be great if we could find a computer wizz to age both people according to their smoking preference).
Not only will we see the crossroads of health changes of the two individuals over the outlined time but we will also see what happens to the couple during their social time. How they deal with their cravings and addictions. We observe how the new social surroundings effect their habits i.e. Smirting, cravings and irritability levels.
Katie will give up smoking unsupported (cold turkey) but we will look into alternative methods, NRT’s, hypnosis and will power. Will she put weight on? After the elapsed time frame will she revert back to smoking?
How will Perry approach the first cigarette? Will his body reject the poison? Katie will school him on how to light up, inhale and hold a cigarette. Will he become addicted? Will he be able to get off them when it’s finished and if so how? Perry will also buy a jar and keep all his smoked butts in.
What conflict between Perry and Katie will arise during the course of the experiment
Smoke Swap will have the answers and will; I’m sure, throw up many more questions.
**Hypnotherapy could be used on Perry to implant a trigger so at the end of the experiment his identity as a non-smoker will return.
The Smoking Man – Perry
The Abstainer – Katie
Professional – Dr. Peter Mace / Dr. Sunny Kaul / Dr. Ranak
Therapist – Lee Bannister IGPP ITEC Dhyp NLPprac
Respiratory Physiologist – ??????
Camera – Lorna-Jane Hamer / Sam Harvey
Editor – Stephen Wilson
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