Statistics show that about 70% of smokers want to quit smoking, and the most common reason for that is health.
Cigarette smoke exposure is strongly linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and lung disease, and one out of every five deaths in U.S. are linked to smoking.
It has been determined that people smoking in their 40’s and 50’s, if they continue to do so for another decade, their risk of death increases 3-4 times than that of non-smokers.
Seeing these statistics makes smokers very nervous, and you guessed, wanting to smoke even more.
So how can the cycle of smoking be broken? The answer is “Hypnosis”. Smokers usually tried at least once to stop on their own, yet only about 5-7% succeed. However, there have been many studies showing the benefits of using hypnotherapy (using hypnosis therapeutically).
For example, a study of 71 smokers that had a two-year follow up after they quit smoking, showed that those who used hypnosis were twice as likely to be smoke-free than those who quit cold turkey.
Another study of 93 males and 93 females used hypnosis to help them stop smoking. At 3 months follow-up, 86% of men and 87% of women continued to stay away from smoking tobacco.
A meta-analysis of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people who tried to quit using different methods, has shown that hypnosis was more than 3 times effective than using nicotine replacement, and 15 times as effective than trying to stop on your own.
It doesn’t matter how long the person has been smoking. When You decide that you want to quit, and you are ready to make a change to improve your health, to set a good example for your kids or grand-kids, to save money, to smell better, etc., that’s when hypnosis can be highly effective.
Some people get concerned that if they quit smoking , their attention will turn to food. That’s when working with a hypnotist is best for long-term results. They can help you to find and neutralize the triggers for your habitual behavior, so they no longer bother you. Thus, it cuts the cycle.
For those who use smoking to cope with anxiety, the relaxing hypnotic state will help you to de-stress, and shift the mind toward a calmer state, where you no longer need smoking as a crutch.
It’s always best to talk to the hypnotherapist before hiring one, and see if you are a good fit, if you feel comfortable with them, and to get your questions or concerns addressed.
Hypnosis can also be used successfully to stop vaping, E-cigarettes, smoking pipe, or chewing tobacco.
Many folks have used hypnosis to quit smoking for good, and surely so can you!