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Stop Smoking


  How is hypnotherapy used to stop smoking?
  Is there any research to support using hypnotherapy to stop smoking?
  How quickly does my body heal after I stop smoking?
  What Happens When You Smoke?
  Other Smoking Facts




How is hypnotherapy used to stop smoking?

     If you smoke, you may have already tried to quit and discovered how difficult it is to actually quit – permanently. You may have even tried to quit using the patch, gum or drugs. The patch or gum may help, but they only address the nicotine, not the habit. The habit is usually considered about 95% of smoking while the nicotine is typically only about 5%. Sometimes drugs may help, but with drugs come side effects. In order to really quit smoking, most people need to lose the desire for smoking altogether. Neither the patch, gum nor drugs help with losing the desire to smoke. However Hypnosis can help you to never want a cigarette again. All you need is a willingness to quit.     return



Is there any research to support using hypnotherapy to stop smoking?

Over 90% Success Rate Using Smoking Hypnosis

     Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a just under 91% 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.

Hypnosis is the Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times the Effectiveness of the Patch and 15 Times the Effectiveness of 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. Schmidt, Chockalingam, University of Iowa Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking, October 1992.

Hypnosis Patients More Than Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke Free

    At 24-months after the intervention, smoking abstinence rates were significantly higher for the guided health imagery intervention group (26% abstinence rate versus 12% abstinence rate for the placebo-control group). Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250
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How quickly does my body heal after I stop smoking?

  1. Within 20 Minutes of your last cigarette your blood pressure adjusts to natural levels, your pulse rate adjusts to normal levels, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increase to normal.8 Hours: Your carbon monoxide level drops to normal. The oxygen level in your blood increases to normal. 24 Hours: Your chance of a heart attack is significantly decreased.48 Hours: Your nerve endings start to re-grow. Your ability to smell and taste improve.72 Hours: Your bronchial tubes begin relaxing, and your lung capacity begins to increase.2 Weeks to 3 Months: Circulation in your body improves, walking becomes easier, and your lung function increases up to 30%.1 to 9 Months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. The cilia re-grow in your lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.1 Year: At the end of one year, your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.5 Years: Lung cancer death rate for the average smoker (one pack per day), decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people. After 10 years, the rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000, or almost the rate of a person who never smoked.
  2. 10 Years: Pre-cancerous cilia are replaced. Other cancers such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease.

Additional Benefits

  • The average one-pack-a-day smoker spends over $1,800 a year on cigarettes. Add $7.00 per pack in medical costs and lost productivity, and that adds up to over $4,300 a year to smoke.The absolute RELIEF from the crippling risk and worry about the dangers of smoking!You look better, you smell better, and you feel better.People with emphysema who have smoked still lose some of their breathing capacity but the rate of loss goes down significantly once they've stopped smoking.
  • Even people in their 60s who have many smoking related problems live longer if they stop smoking. If you quit, your chances of getting other major diseases, including coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease are greatly reduced.
ALL THESE BENEFITS ARE LOST...IF ONE CIGARETTE A DAY IS SMOKED!   return



What Happens When You Smoke?

  • The heart speeds up, from 10 to 20 beats per minute
  • The blood vessels constrict, or tighten, so that blood pressure goes up 5 to 10 points.
  • The temperature of the skin drops by 6 degrees Fahrenheit (that's because the blood is rushing to the heart, where it would be needed in a real crisis)
  • The level of blood sugar, the body's store of energy, falls, because the blood sugar is being burned up in a stressed out reaction.
  • The hypothalamus, which regulates hunger, gets a “speed-up” message, so the appetite falls too.
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Other Smoking Facts

  • Tobacco is a poisonous plant. The poison in it is nicotine. Tobacco plants contain nicotine as a natural defense, to keep bugs from eating their leaves.
  • Smoking takes an average of at least seven years off every smoker's life, which works out to five and a half minutes per cigarette.
  • Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic. Carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia are all present in cigarette smoke.
  • A symptom from heavy smoking is increased coughing, because the lungs are struggling to clear out dirt and deposits.
  • Tobacco and nicotine related diseases kill more than 400,000 people every year.
  • Nicotine from a cigarette reaches the brain in 8 seconds, which is faster than the time it takes for injected heroin or cocaine, which is about 12 seconds
  • Smoking related deaths kills more than motor vehicle accidents, including drunk driving, homicides, AIDS, illegal drugs and fires not caused by cigarettes.
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