Smokers often say they will stop smoking when the time is right… If you are still reading this, then perhaps your right time to stop is now!

First of all, please remember that any well trained and qualified Hypnotherapist, really wants you to stop-smoking, they know what smoking does to people, and to their loved ones when they become ill and perhaps die. One in every two individuals who smoke will die of a smoking related disease, perhaps as young as 65 years, the average age of death for a smoker. In fact, a person dies in the UK of smoking related diseases ever five minutes.

Just think about that. More deaths than accidents, AIDS, drug abuse & alcohol all rolled up together, and if that isn’t enough, there are those countless numbers who need to have amputations, and those who struggle on with breathing difficulties and wheezing and coughing for a long time before the habit finally finishes them off.

Did you know that it was in the 60’s that tobacco and cancer where first linked together….no not the 1960’s….the 1760’s….yep, you heard correctly, the 1760’s. In 1761 a London Doctor called John Hill found that tobacco in the form of snuff caused pollypusses (small tumours) in the respiratory tract of many who used it.

Now just take a look at what you breath in when you take a nice long drag on your cigarette….

Information on Constituents of Tobacco Smoke

Nicotine is the most widely known chemical in tobacco smoke, but many people are amazed to discover that there are well over 4000 other chemicals produces when tobacco burns. Most of these have incomprehensible names and really only known to scientists and chemical analysts. Lister below, though, are some of the more well known ones.

  • Cadmium
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Ammonia
  • Propane
  • Methane
  • Methanol
  • Nickel Compounds
  • Benzene
  • Isoprene
  • Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Acreolin
  • Acetone
  • Hydrocyanic Acid
  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Creosol
  • Methyl Nitrate
  • Nitrogen Oxide
  • DDT
  • Pyridine
  • Tar
  • Formaldehyde
  • Butadione
  • Nicotine

In addition to these chemicals – given off purely as a result of the tobacco leaf burning – there are various additional unwholesome substances that may be present as a result of the plantation environment and the conditions in which the harvested leaf is stored and shipped.

Stop Smoking Benefits

Ok, That’s the bad news. But when you stop smoking, here are the benefits:

  • After 20 minutes, your blood pressure drops to normal and temperature of hands and feet return to normal.
  • After 8 hours, Carbon monoxide levels in the blood drop to normal and oxygen levels in the blood return to normal.
  • After24 Hours, Chance of heart attacks begin to decrease.
  • After 48 Hours, Nerve endings start to re-grow and smell and taste improve.
  • After 2 weeks, Circulation improves, Exercise including walking becomes easier. Lung function can increase by up to one third.

Stop Smoking Statistics

Some proven statistics for Stop Smoking with Hypnotherapy I can quote are:

94% of 1000 people stop smoking with hypnotherapy for 18 months or more.
Von Dedenroth, T (1968) American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis

88% Success with hypnotherapy based on one years’ follow up.
Kline, M.(1970) International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Details taken from Valerie Austin : Stop Smoking in One Hour, published by John Blake Publishing

An article published in the New Scientist, vol 136, issue 1845, 31 Oct 1992 shows the following:

  • 60% – Hypnosis
  • 30% – Hypnosis recordings / Hypnotic suggestion
  • 29% – Exercise and breathing therapy
  • 25% – Aversion therapy
  • 24% – Acupuncture
  • 10% – Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  •  6% – Willpower alone

Best Way To Stop Smoking

That New Scientist article gets quoted a lot by hypnotherapists, for obvious reasons, but I wonder how many have ever looked at the research behind it?

The research was, in fact, a review (or ‘meta-analysis’) of existing research into the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods, carried out by Chockalingam Viswesvaran and Frank L Schmidt of the Department of Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa, and was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in 1992. This is what it really says.

The review covered 633 studies of smoking cessation methods, involving 71,806 subjects. These studies were sorted into 15 types of program, one of which was hypnosis. 48 of the 633 studies qualified as hypnosis, and they involved 6,020 people.

Once adjusted for the 6% of hypnotees who would have given up anyway (established by 41 control groups scattered throughout the review) hypnosis proved to be 30% successful. So out of the 6,020 hypnotees, 1,806 quit thanks to hypnosis. That means that 70,000 of the advertisements’ “over 70,000,” did not stop smoking due to hypnosis. On the other hand, if they had all had hypnosis, another 19,736 would have stopped, instead of the 13,157 who actually did.

You can have fun analyzing the table below any way you chose. These, I think, are the important points.

  • Hypnosis is the second most effective way of making someone quit smoking, after heart disease but ahead of lung disease.
  • Hypnosis is three times more likely to succeed than will power alone.
  • Hypnosis is 30 times more effective than your doctor’s advice.
  • Hypnosis is 50% more effective than all other smoking cessation methods put together.

If you want to stop smoking, and don’t want to wait for a heart attack, hypnosis is clearly and unarguably your best bet.

Type of Program No. of Studies Total Sample Mean Quit Rate Control Adjustment Net Effectiveness Relative Effectiveness Success Ranking
Cardiac (heart attackpatients 34 4,553 42% 6% 36% 0.83 1
Hypnosis 48 6,020 36% 6% 30% 1 2
Miscellaneous 10 1,400 35% 6% 29% 1.03 3
Pulmonary patients 17 1,661 34% 6% 28% 1.07 4
Smoke aversion 103 2,557 31% 6% 25% 1.2 5
Group withdrawal clinics 46 11,580 30% 6% 24% 1.25 6
Acupuncture 19 2,992 30% 6% 24% 1.25 7
Other aversive techniques 178 3,926 27% 6% 21% 1.43 8
Five-day plans 25 7,828 26% 6% 20% 1.5 9
Educational 27 3,352 24% 6% 18% 1.67 10
Medication 29 6,810 18% 6% 12% 2.5 11
Enhanced physician advice 16 3,486 18% 6% 12% 2.5 12
Nicotine gum 40 4,866 16% 6% 10% 3 13
Self-care 24 3,585 15% 6% 9% 3.33 14
Physician advice 17 7,190 7% 6% 1% 30 15
Totals 633 71,806          
Averages     26%   20%    
Adapted from “A Meta-Analytic Comparison of the Effectiveness of Smoking Cessation Methods,”
Viswesvaran and Schmidt, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1992, Vol 77, No. 4 534-561.

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