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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

Smoking Kills

There is no doubt that smoking kills.

The annual global death toll as a result of tobacco is currently six million people, 1 that is currently one person dying every six seconds as a result of tobacco, and contributes to most cancers including lip, mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, stomach, liver, and cervix. This statistic caused the U.S. Surgeon General to state that: “There is no risk free exposure to tobacco smoke, and therefore no safe tobacco product” 2

The cost to people’s lives is considerable and there is little surprise that people quitting smoking is on the increase. The seemingly unscalable wall a smoker encounters when trying to quit, however, is quite simply that they find themselves unable to do so; they have become an addict! 3 This addiction happens especially quickly with children, studies in the United States have found that addiction happens very quickly; that “…adolescent smokers displayed symptoms of nicotine withdrawal within the first few weeks of commencing smoking” 4, 5

It is therefore important that an aid to quitting smoking can be offered to those that want to quit. Even though hypnotherapy can provide this aid, it is the individual themselves that must do the quitting. Hypnotherapy does not create a magic spell that does all of the hard work.

1World No Tobacco Day 2011 celebrates WHO Framework Convention On Tobacco Control. WHO

press release 31 May 2011 http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2011/en/

2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology

and Behavioural Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, National

Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.

3Nicotine Addiction in Britain. A report of the Tobacco Advisory Group of the Royal College of Physicians. London, RCP, 2000

4DiFranza JR Hooked from the first cigarette. Scientific American 2008; 298: 82-87


5Please see: http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_107.pdf for further research about smoking.