Smoking Cessation

Recent information provided by The National Council for Hypnotherapy tells about new research into the power of hypnotherapy as a way of stopping smoking.

To determine the most effective method of stopping smoking, the University of Iowa’s Frank Schmidt conducted a meta-analysis, using the results of more than 600 studies, with a total of over 70,000 people.  The results included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers. The results were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.  Clearly showing that hypnosis was three times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy.

Smoking – the shocking facts

  • Smoking tobacco is known to produce cancer in the pancreas, kidney, bladder, and the cervix.
  • Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and foetal growth retardation. It also causes about 5-6% of prenatal deaths, 17-26% of low-birth-weight births, and 7-10% of pre-term deliveries.
  • Globally, between 80,000 and 100,000 children start smoking every day.
  • Most people who smoke, begin smoking before they are 25 years old.
  • It is estimated that Tobacco is responsible for 400,000 deaths in the US every single year.
  • About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
  • Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco. Every cigarette smoked cuts at least five minutes of life on average – about the time taken to smoke it.
  • There are over 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals in tobacco smoke.
  • By July 1 2007, 240 million people worldwide will be protected by smoke free legislation – This is less than 4% of the worlds population!

Stopping smoking

When you stop smoking, the body experiences some positive side effects and, as you can see from the chart below, the healing process begins within just 20 minutes of giving up.

Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

  • Timeline: What happens when you stop smoking?
  • 20 min: Blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
  • 8 hrs: Oxygen levels return to normal. Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half.
  • 12 hrs: Carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal.
  • 24 hrs: Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucous and other smoking toxins.
  • 48 hrs: There is no nicotine left in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
  • 72 hrs: Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
  • 2-12 weeks: Circulation improves. Lung function increases.
  • 3 – 9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung functions are increased by up to 10%.
  • 12 months: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by about half and declines gradually hereafter.
  • 5 years: Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • 10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
  • 15 years: Risk of lung cancer is reduced to close to that observed in non – smokers. Risk of coronary heart disease falls to the same as someone who has never smoked. If you have quit smoking before age 50 you have halved the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with continuing smokers.

The financial savings on becoming a non-smoker

In addition to the health benefits, the financial benefits of being a non-smoker can be enormous.

Here are some examples based on a smoker who smokes 20 cigarettes a day.
The average smoker smokes around 7200 cigarettes per year (based on 20 cigarettes per day)

  • After a week you would have saved: £45
  • After a month you would have saved: £200
  • After 3 months you would have saved: £600
  • After 6 months you would have saved: £1200
  • After 12 months you would have saved: £2400
  • After 15 years you would have saved: £36000

In a research study the U.S.A, Hypnotherapy was recognised as the safest (drug free) most effective anti-smoking technique. Please read some of my past clients testimonials about how they freed themselves from nicotine addiction after just one session of hypnotherapy using NLP techniques.( NLP- Neuro linguistic programming).

NLP presupposition – “If one human being can do it that means that it is humanly possible, therefore, I can do it”

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