Hypnotherapy effective for smoking cessation, expert says

Hypnotherapy has been highlighted as a great way for habitual smokers to quit, so says The Daily Mirror.

At this time of year, hundreds of people vow to give up smoking as one of their New Year resolutions. Sadly, large numbers fail to stick to their plan and reach their goal.

However, “latest research” cited by the newspaper recommends a great starting point for hopeful quitters – understanding what sort of smoker they are and following a cessation method which is appropriate.

For those whose smoking habit has become ingrained into the routine of their day, it is suggested that retraining the brain could be an effective solution – done via stop-smoking hypnosis.

Cognitive behavioural therapy could help nicotine addicts break the associations they have with cigarette and replace them with “new, healthier habits.”

Working with the unconscious mind could be key, writes expert Kirsty Hanley for Huffington Post UK, especially as it controls approximately 90 per cent of what we do.

‘Post-hypnotic’ messages absorbed during childhood can affect behaviour into adulthood, she says: “The good news is that these patterns can be changed and, with the right help, often quicker than you might imagine.”

Over ten million British people smoke. Some 80,000 die each year from smoking-related diseases, hence why giving up smoking is one of the best health decisions an individual can ever make.

By Elizabeth Smythe

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