Hypnotherapy is the most effective way to stop smoking. It is more than 3 times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy and 15 times more effective than willpower alone.
Let’s start with some facts about smoking:
- Cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death in the UK.
- About half of all smokers die from smoking-related diseases.
- Smoking increases the risk of developing a number of other diseases.
- A cigarette contains over 4000 chemicals, including arsenic, carbon monoxide and insecticide.
- A cigarette contains 43 known carcinogens (agents that cause cancer).
- 300 non-smokers die each year from lung cancer due to passive smoking.
- Smokers immune systems are less functional than non-smokers.
- On average, each cigarette shortens a smoker’s life by around 11 minutes.
- Smokers are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is particularly true of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers.
- Smoking raises blood pressure, which can cause hypertension (high blood pressure) – a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.
- Couples who smoke are more likely to have fertility problems than couples who are non-smokers.
- For men in their 30s and 40s, smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) by about 50 per cent.
I offer a two session intervention to stop smoking. If there are underlying emotional reasons for you smoking then these will need to be dealt with first, and will take longer than two sessions. Most people, however, only require two sessions.
Is smoking addictive? Yes. The nicotine within a cigarette is highly addictive but the nicotine only stays in the body for 48-72 hours. After this time the addiction moves from chemical to psychological and this is why hypnosis is so effective as it deals with the habit of smoking, which is the learnt behaviour within the unconscious mind.
A person who smokes 20 cigarettes a day is spending £2727 a year and wasting 487 hours on smoking! Complaining there’s not enough hours in the day? Then stop smoking. Give yourself nearly a £3000 a year payrise by stopping smoking!