Quit Smoking or Become A Non Smoker?

“Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it hundreds of times”.      Mark Twain


If quitting smoking was easy, “big tobacco” would be out of business.  Of course, it isn’t.  In fact, the tobacco industry continues to pour hundreds of millions of dollars globally into advertising, covert and subtle endorsements, political influence and lobbying to protect and promote their cause and influence your thinking and attitude towards their products.  And of course, they load up their products with additive chemicals to ensure you keep on coming back.  As they say, if tobacco was discovered today, it would be made immediately illegal.

But it isn’t. It’s legal. The ATO is reaping vast revenues from the Excise it generates.  Worst of all, you’re reading this; because in all probability you or someone you love is slowly killing themselves with tobacco products.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had enough and you’re ready to act.  That’s where I can help.  For starters, you can watch my short video on my quit smoking program, why its so different and why it works, here. 

What’s the trick to quitting smoking for keeps? It’s simple.  Quit the right way and tackle the problem holistically. Targeted Hypnotherapy makes quitting possible.

Is Hypnotherapy A Better Way?

Absolutely!  The following is an extract from WikiAnswers: providing research evidence on the effectiveness of hypnosis:

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7.

PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.

Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.

Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower.

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.

University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.

Why Is Targeted Hypnotherapy’s Approach Better?

My hypnotherapy is a powerful means of stopping…for good.  We help you become non-smoker, not a smoker that’s quit.   Unless we address your underlying motivations and triggers, the “hooks” of the addiction remain.  The last thing you want is to quit…only to go back to it the moment you’re under serious stress or in some other way seriously tempted.

  • It’s non-chemical; you’re not just replacing one set of expensive and nasty chemicals (cigarettes) with another (nicotine patches, gum, inhalers, sprays or pills).
  • Our Targeted approach addresses the entire challenge holistically.
    • We address the source and drivers of your cravings. These come from deep within your unconscious mind and are anchored in positive associations you attach to smoking.
    • We’ll examine your other “reasons” for smoking, that incidentally might also be impacting your health and well-being in other ways. Addictions such as smoking operate alongside a series of related and unhelpful emotions such as anxiety, self-esteem issues, poor body image, boredom, fear and social acceptance issues. Getting to the heart of these issues for you can have far reaching benefits as well.
    • We’ll target your motivation and commitment to making healthy choices in terms of diet, drinking and exercise. Let’s face it. You’re probably wanting to quit smoking for reasons including health, fitness and well-being, right? Why not do it properly and tackle the associated health issues?  Chances are, these factors probably also need attention.
    • You might have parallel addictions operating; alcohol, narcotics, gambling, pornography, junk food. We can tailor a programme that tackles those also.

Consider the potential depth and breadth of the problem you face.  Recognise now why chemical approaches and even “quick fix” scripted and canned hypnosis treatments have limited success. Calculate the monthly cost of your smoking habit, let alone the other impacts. Visualise your life without smoking. From every perspective; health, social, financial; it’s time to Target your problem decisively and holistically.

What will it take?

Firstly, we’ll need you to be in a cooperative frame of mind.  If you’re fence sitting on the decision, we can even work with you to identify and amplify your reasons to quit. We just need you to want to try.

Depending on exactly what we need to work on with you, it might more typically take three visits; the first between 90 and 120 minutes in duration and subsequent sessions taking 60 minutes.

Tackling the more complex emotional associations can require additional time, but we suggest its well worth the time and investment.

We’ll additionally record the sessions for you so that in between sessions, you can listen to them to really reinforce the therapeutic benefit.

Think about it.  It’s time…not just to to quit.  This is your pathway to being a non-smoker.

Take the next step. Contact us.


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