The New Scientist published a large scale study conducted on 72,000 subjects by Iowa
University, comparing all the well known quit smoking methods. It was found that
hypnotherapy was three times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, So,
finally it was official... hypnotherapy was confirmed as the most powerful quit smoking
New Scientist V136 1992
Hypnosis and quit smoking were just made for each other and help you go smoke free,
and as a therapist working in Merton, I particularly enjoy doing smoking cessation
sessions with clients. Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective way to give up smoking
because it doesn't rely on 'willpower'. This is because Willpower doesn't really
exist, it only appears to exist when your subconscious mind agrees with your conscious
When you 'give something up', you naturally feel deprived. If you experience a stressful
day, you may think to yourself, 'Why have I given up smoking when I enjoy it?' At
such stressful moments, your subconscious and conscious mind are at loggerheads and
your resolve weakens. However, your subconscious mind can manage your habits, desires
and cravings independently of your conscious efforts.
Hypnosis works because it alters the way your subconscious feels, so it ultimately
agrees with your conscious mind, then, after a stressful day, you will think to yourself
'Wow, that was a hard day, I'm glad I have more energy since stopping smoking and
can deal with the stress more effectively.'
Hypnotherapy 'changes' how you feel about smoking so that you are no longer 'giving
up,' which implies losing something. Instead you appreciate how your fitness has
improved, how good things taste and smell, now that our senses are no longer being
damaged by the chemicals you used to inhale. You will notice how your breathing becomes
easier and how much more energy you have gained. As each day passes as a non smoker
you will begin to feel fitter and healthier... not to mention the money you have
Smokers in Merton run an increased risk of cataracts. Smokers take 25 per cent more
sick days year than non-smokers.
Smoking stains your teeth and gums.
Smoking increases your risk of periodontal disease, which causes swollen gums, bad
breath and teeth to fall out.
Smoking causes an acid taste in the mouth and contributes to the development of ulcers.
Smoking also affects your looks: smokers have paler skin and more wrinkles. This
is because smoking reduces the blood supply to the skin and lowers levels of vitamin
For men in their 30s and 40s, smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction
(ED) by about 50 per cent.
Smoking worsens asthma and counteracts asthma medication by worsening the inflammation
of the airways that the medicine tries to ease.
20 minutes - blood pressure back to normal
8 hours - oxygen levels return to normal
24 hours - all Carbon monoxide is eliminated
48 hours - nicotine is eliminated
72 hours - breathing easier
2-12 months - circulation improves
3-9 months - lung function up by 5-10%
5 years - risk of lung cancer decreases
10-15 yrs - lung cancer risk to normal
Smoking kills around 114,000 people in the UK each year. Of these deaths, about 42,800
are from smoking-related cancers, 30,600 from cardiovascular disease and 29,100 die
slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases.
Lung cancer - smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day, increases your risk of developing
lung cancer by 30 to 40 times more than if you don't smoke. Research has shown that
smoking reduces life expectancy by seven to eight years.
Smoking raises blood pressure, which can cause hypertension (high blood pressure)
- a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke.
The blood vessels in the eye are sensitive and can be easily damaged by smoke, causing
a bloodshot appearance and itchiness. Heavy smokers are twice as likely to get macular
degeneration, resulting in the gradual loss of eyesight.