Stop Smoking Now

Stop Smoking Now

Whether you have smoked for 1 year or 35 years, now is the perfect time to stop!
The health benefits of stopping smoking only increase exponentially after you quit.

Q: Was it hard for you to do?
A: No, actually I went to that hypnotist. And it worked. I swear to God it worked. It was the greatest decision I ever made in my life.
Matt Damon
Actor and former smoker (16 years)
Talking about quitting smoking on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Smoking is a difficult habit to break. Quitting requires resolve, willpower, and persistence. In fact, the majority of people quit smoking 7 times before they find success.

The reason its so difficult, though, is that our addiction is so ingrained in our subconscious thinking. Triggers, cravings, the pleasure – they’re all rooted in our subconscious. And that’s why so many traditional smoking cessation plans fail.

The most important element in successfully quitting smoking (or chewing tobacco) is the determination and readiness of the individual. You need to be clear that you want to stop for yourself, not for your doctor, your partner or anyone else. There needs to be a commitment to using the tools you will be learning to make this important health and lifestyle change.

And celebrities have taken notice! Numerous celebrities have quit smoking with hypnosis.
Adele
Ewan McGregor
Ellen DeGeneres
Charlize Theron
Ashton Kutcher
Debra Messing
Drew Barrymore

Does hypnotherapy really work for quitting smoking?

YES! In a 2001 study conducted by the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, 43 patients underwent hypnotherapy to stop smoking. 39 of the 43 patients remained abstinent from tobacco use at the follow up of 6 months and then again at the 3 year mark. That’s a 90.6% success rate!

Because depression has been linked to quitting smoking, some studies have found that hypnosis has been particularly effective in managing smoking addiction if positive suggestions about the person’s well-being are built into the therapeutic process.

Why is hypnosis more effective than other methods of quitting smoking? Hypnosis is one of the many non-pharmalogical treatments for smoking cessation. If you have tried to quit smoking and failed before you might have tried patches, gum or even electronic cigarettes. The main reason why these things are often ineffective is because they focus primarily on addressing the physical cravings for nicotine or simply to replace the hand to mouth fixation. Hypnosis works by dealing with the mental aspects that influence the smoking ritual.

Smoking addiction and the sub-conscious mind

Most peoples smoking addition is deeply rooted in the mind. In our experience, few adults pick up smoking in adulthood. When habits are formed in childhood and adolescence they become part of your identity. As adults, many try to quit smoking, unsuccessfully. This is a demonstration of the power of the sub-conscious mind to continually re-enforce behavior it feels is “helpful”, while rejecting overwhelming and constant evidence to the contrary. The sub-conscious mind simply overpowers attempts by the conscious mind of regaining control.

We work to understand you as a person. Our hypnotherapy sessions are designed to give you freedom from the habit of smoking and support you in the process. We don’t just “take your cigarettes away” and leave you to deal with the “feelings” that keep reminding you to smoke again. Our program allows you time to eliminate the factors that have caused you to continue smoking in the past, and then be successful as a non-smoker for life.

Ellen Degeneres Quits Smoking With Hypnosis

“My mother had breast cancer. I, of all people, should not smoke… I quit before and then I found an easy way to start again – I picked one up.” After she stopped smoking using hypnosis with behavioral scientist and hypnotherapist Paul William McKenna she told him, “You’ve helped me tremendously and probably saved my life, definitely changed my life.”

 


Clinical Studies


90.6% success rate for smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

A study at the University of Washington School of Medicine found that of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinents from tobacco use at 6 month follow-up and 3 year follow up. This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

“Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation”, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

American College of Chest Physicians finds hypnosis to be the most effective way to quit smoking

“Our results showed that hypnotherapy resulted in higher quit rates compared with nicotine replacement therapy alone. Hypnotherapy appears to be quite effective and a good modality to incorporate into a smoking cessation program after hospital discharge.”

Dr. Faysal Hasan MD and colleagues from
North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital

Smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy alone or patients who quit “cold turkey.” In simple language, this means that hypnosis, when used as a stand-alone modality, is at least as effective as a combination hypnosis/nicotine replacement combination, and more than three times as effective as nicotine replacement when NR has used alone without hypnosis.

American College of Chest Physicians
“Hypnotherapy For Smoking Cessation Sees Strong Results.” ScienceDaily, 24 October 2007
www.sciencedaily.com

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female Community Mental Health Center 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

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Individualized hypnosis sessions were found to be more effective than group hypnosis sessions. However, even group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.

“Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program”,  Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2000 Nov, 48(4):374-87. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

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 Is The Most Effective Way of Giving Up Smoking

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 University of Iowa analysis reviewing the findings of more than 600 studies involving 72,000 patients in the United States and Europe found that hypnosis was three times more effective than the nicotine patch and 15 times more effective than willpower to quit smoking.

The University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992 article. Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation. (2009, April 8).

*individual results may vary


Benefits of Quitting


The health benefits of quitting smoking can help most of the major parts of your body, from your brain to your DNA.

Brain

Broken Addiction Cycle
Quitting smoking can re-wire your brain and help break the cycle of addiction. The large number of nicotine receptors in your brain will return to normal levels after about a month of being quit.

Head and Face

Sharp Hearing
Quitting smoking will keep your hearing sharp. Remember, even mild hearing loss can cause problems (like not hearing directions correctly and doing a task wrong).

Better Vision
Stopping smoking will improve your night vision and help preserve your overall vision by stopping the damage that smoking does to your eyes.

Healthier Teeth and Gums
Researchers say smokers are up to six times more likely to develop gum disease than nonsmokers because smoking dampens the body’s immune system and makes it harder for it to fight back against the disease.

Clear Skin
Quitting smoking is better than anti-aging lotion. Quitting can help clear up blemishes and protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkling.

Heart

Decreased Heart Risks
Smoking is the leading cause of heart attacks and heart disease. But many of these heart risks can be reversed simply by quitting smoking. Quitting can lower your blood pressure and heart rate almost immediately. Your risk of a heart attack declines within 24 hours.

Thin Blood
Another effect of quitting smoking is that your blood will become thinner and less likely to form dangerous blood clots. Your heart will also have less work to do, because it will be able to move the blood around your body more easily.

Lower Cholesterol
Quitting smoking will not get rid of the fatty deposits that are already there. But it will lower the levels of cholesterol and fats circulating in your blood, which will help to slow the buildup of new fatty deposits in your arteries.

Lungs

Stop Lung Damage
Scarring of the lungs is not reversible. That is why it is important to quit smoking before you do permanent damage to your lungs. Within two weeks of quitting, you might notice it’s easier to walk up the stairs because you may be less short of breath. Don’t wait until later; quit today!

Prevent Emphysema
There is no cure for emphysema. But quitting when you are young, before you have done years of damage to the delicate air sacs in your lungs, will help protect you from developing emphysema later.

Return of Cilia
Cilia start to regrow and regain normal function very quickly after you quit smoking. They are one of the first things in your body to heal. People sometimes notice that they cough more than usual when they first quit smoking. This is a sign that the cilia are coming back to life. But you’re more likely to fight off colds and infections when you’re cilia are working properly.

DNA

Lower Cancer Risk
Quitting smoking will prevent new DNA damage from happening and can even help repair the damage that has already been done. Quitting smoking immediately is the best way to lower your risk of getting cancer.

Stomach and Hormones

Reduce Belly Fat
Quitting smoking will reduce your belly fat and lower your risk of diabetes. If you already have diabetes, quitting can help you keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Normal Estrogen Levels
If you’re a woman, your estrogen levels will gradually return to normal after you quit smoking. And if you hope to have children someday, quitting smoking right now will increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy in the future.

Erectile Dysfunction

Sexual Healing
If you quit smoking now, you can lower your chances of erectile dysfunction and improve your chances of having a healthy sexual life.

Blood and the Immune System

Normal White Blood Cell Count
When you quit smoking, your body will begin to heal from the injuries that smoking caused. Eventually, your white blood cell counts will return to normal and will no longer be on the defensive.

Proper Healing
Quitting smoking will improve blood flow to wounds, allowing important nutrients, minerals, and oxygen to reach the wound and help it heal properly.

Stronger Immune System
When you quit smoking, your immune system is no longer exposed to tar and nicotine. It will become stronger, and you will be less likely to get sick.

Muscles and Bones

Strong Muscles
Quitting smoking will help increase the availability of oxygen in your blood, and your muscles will become stronger and healthier.

Stronger Bones
Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of fractures, both now and later in life. Keep your bones strong and healthy by quitting now.