Stop Smoking: Can Hypnotherapy Help You Stop Smoking with Success?

Stop Smoking: Can Hypnotherapy Help You Stop Smoking with Success?

Posted on April 29th 2019 by Letara Buckley

The act of smoking cigarettes has been around for centuries; in fact, the first commercial cigarette to be manufactured was in the late 1800s. It became a very popular habit across the world before anyone knew about the major health risks that it carries.

Up until the 1950s, hardly anyone was aware of the link between smoking and cancer. Cancer.org highlights how it wasn’t until a report by American surgeon Luther Terry was published in 1964 that the ‘Stop-Smoking Movement’ began in the U.S.

What Makes Smoking Addictive?

The scientific answer is nicotine―the chemical used in cigarettes that contains nitrogen (a gas used to make fertilizers, dyes, and explosives). Once nicotine gets into the brain, it creates dopamine, a neurotransmitter that gives you a feeling of pleasure. There are other reasons why people become addicted to smoking though, such as:

  • Social status – Sometimes it can be easier to get chatting to new people when you’re all huddled together for a cigarette outside. Peer pressure can also play a part in this if you happen to be a non-smoker within a large group of smokers.

  • Weight management – Smoking suppresses your appetite and it has been known to be a popular choice of supermodels to prevent them from gaining weight.
  • Confidence – The act of holding a cigarette gives some people a 

sense of authority or just something to keep their hand busy. For years, advertisements glamorized the act of smoking and it became ingrained in people’s minds as something ‘cool’ to do. When people become addicted to anything, they can rely on it to give them a feeling of security, comfort or confidence.

This is Why Should You Quit Smoking Fast!

Smoking is the leading cause of cancer in the world. Cancer has such a negative connotation that some people can’t even bring themselves to say it and call it ‘the C word’ instead. If that’s the case then why do people continue to smoke? 

The good news is that statistically, the number of people smoking is decreasing. The NHS in England published statistics in July 2018 which stated that 14.9% of adults smoked. This was down 15.5% in 2016 and 19.8% in 2011. The World Health Organization (WHO), believes that this is partly due to picture warnings and anti-smoking advertisements.

However, it can become easy to bury your head in the sand and not listen to the negative talk about smoking. Even the warning labels and graphic images on cigarette packaging can be ignored when you are addicted and are too focused on how smoking makes you feel. However, you can change the associations you have and therefore change your habits to healthier ones.

SmokeFree.org lists the following health rewards when you do decide to quit:

Best way to stop smoking

There are many options available to people who are looking to quit smoking. Some are free, and some are paid services. For many people, a starting point is replacing the tobacco nicotine with an alternative such as a nicotine patch, chewing gum or spray. You can also visit your doctor; who may prescribe you medicinal tablets such as Champix.

More recently, e-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to smoking. The NHS states: ‘An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use e-cigarettes and of these, 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes. They carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes and can be particularly effective when combined with extra quitting support.’

Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking

Using hypnotherapy to stop smoking can be the ultimate way to kick the habit for good. Some people worry about feeling out of control but it’s important to realize that hypnosis doesn’t make you 

do things which you don’t want to do. Instead, it is about changing the meaning we attach to behaviours and the associated links of pain and pleasure.

WedMd explains what hypnotherapy involves: ‘a patient is often asked to imagine unpleasant outcomes from smoking. For example, the hypnotherapist might suggest that cigarette smoke smells like truck exhaust, or that smoking will leave the patient's mouth feeling extremely parched.’

Hypnotherapist and Founder of Rapid Transformational Therapy, Marisa Peer, has over 30 years’ experience in helping people free themselves from addictions, including smoking. She says: "The best way to stop is to get your brain to link having a cigarette to pain. Smokers 

associate pleasure with smoking, and pain with not smoking―they've got it completely the wrong way round. During hypnotherapy, you are guided into a state of deep relaxation. This induces a highly suggestible state, in which it's much easier―using visualization and guided imagery―to reprogram negative, destructive thought patterns into positive thoughts that can help you give up."

Marisa’s hypnosis audio download is specially designed to help people give up smoking. Using the ‘Quit Smoking Today program allows you to stop smoking easily, all from the comfort of your own home, whilst programming your mind to repair your body and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

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