How to Finally Become Free From Cigarettes For Life.

By John O. Wylie, CHt., MNLP

Smoking is Very Unhealthy and Often Hard to Kick

Certainly, one of the problems I help people with most at Boise Hypnosis is to help them stop smoking. Most people, including smokers, are well aware of the terribly negative long-term consequences of tobacco use. These terrible consequences affect virtually every aspect of a smoker’s life: health, relationships, finances, and even self image. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in this country and throughout the world. Tobacco use is a major factor in four out of the five leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke. It causes about a third of all heart disease and cancers, and most emphysema. The good news is that becoming tobacco-free is the single most important thing a person can do to improve their health. A human being who, at one point in his or her life, learned to use tobacco (often with great discomfort) can also learn to leave it behind for good. More and more people are turning away from tobacco products and enjoying the benefits of being a non-smoker for life. This article is all about how to do that as easily and effectively as possible. For many people, the smoking habit can be complex. There are several factors that can contribute to making the shift to a tobacco-free life challenging. Certainly, one well publicized factor is the drug nicotine. But as you will learn in this article, there is much more to the story than that.

Most Methods Only Address Part of The Problem

People who feel ready to be free of the smoking habit and its numerous negative consequences are offered many different methods that claim to make it easier to stop smoking. Sadly, methods like drugs, nicotine patches, gum, and e-cigarettes (also known as “vaping”) almost always fail to help people permanently break the smoking habit. This is true because these methods only address the physical cravings for the addictive chemicals in cigarettes like nicotine. Research by highly respected scientists in the field (such as Dr. Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Psychology) shows that only about 17% of a person’s smoking habit is due to addiction to the chemicals in tobacco (nicotine, etc.). That means that most (about 83%) of the smoking habit is due to psychological and/or emotional factors. In addition to simply not being very effective, methods that only address the chemical addiction part of smoking can have negative side effects and may pose additional health risks. Fortunately, there is a safer and much more effective option that can address all aspects of a tobacco habit.

There Is a Key To Lasting Smoke-Free Success

For those who have struggled to become free of the smoking habit, there is good news. An article in the New Scientist in 1992 reported that, “Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.” The article reported on research done by scientists at the University of Iowa who analyzed the results of over 600 studies including over 72,000 people in Europe and the U.S. who had successfully quit smoking. The above massive analysis as well as many other reputable studies confirm that hypnosis is the single most effective approach to overcome the smoking habit for good. In fact, hypnosis is proven to be 3X more effective than the nicotine patch and up to 15X more effective than willpower alone. What’s more, hypnosis is safe, natural, and very healthy with numerous beneficial “side effects” that contribute to making it an ideal way to finally become free of cigarettes. If you would like to see references for the above statements as well as additional studies on hypnosis for smoking cessation you will find them at the end of this article. In addition to being natural and chemical free, the biggest reason hypnosis is so effective for permanent smoking cessation is likely to be because it is comprehensive and holistic. This means that hypnosis can treat all the related parts of the habit, including the most important ones, the mental and emotional aspects which typically comprises about 83% of the problem. For most smokers, the smoking habit is deeply rooted in the mind and emotions. Specifically, it is rooted in the subconscious mind. Most people who have smoked, started as children or teen-agers. Many were motivated to use tobacco in order to fit in with friends, or to be seen as being more mature, or in an attempt to be more like older people they looked up to. Years later, when they decide to stop smoking it often proves to be difficult. Smokers often find themselves lighting up automatically in certain situations. They often fall victim to allowing their sense of identity to become entangled with their smoking behavior. In time, many mundane triggers become unconsciously linked to tobacco use. The largely unconscious nature of the behavior can add significantly to the difficulty of quitting and demonstrates the power of the subconscious mind and the limitations of the conscious mind. As a result of these factors, even being fully aware of the terrible costs of smoking and despite wanting to stop, people often find they continue to smoke anyway. As I discuss in my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Hypnosis”, the subconscious mind is far more powerful that the conscious mind and if the goals of the conscious mind (i.e. to stop smoking) are misaligned with what the subconscious part of the mind wants (i.e. to continue smoking), the subconscious will simply overpower attempts by the conscious mind to kick the tobacco habit.

What is Hypnosis and How Does It Work?

Thanks to Hollywood, stage hypnosis shows, and other media the word “Hypnosis” is often associated in many people’s minds with mystery and magic. But the truth is, hypnosis is a totally natural function of the human mind and actually a daily occurrence for virtually everyone. Hypnosis can simply be described as a state of focused attention on one idea or line of thought where a person ignores all the (momentarily) unimportant distractions that normally surround them. So, if you have ever been absorbed in an interesting tv show or movie, if you have ever been engrossed in a good book or fascinating article (like this one), or you have been lost for a time in a daydream… you have been in a natural state of hypnosis. When hypnosis is used formally, to purposefully help people make positive changes in their life (as opposed to entertainment) it is called “Hypnotherapy”. The field of hypnosis and hypnotherapy is both broad and deep. The intention of this article is not to teach you all about hypnosis. Those who wish to know more can continue to explore and read my book, “The Ultimate Guide To Hypnosis: What You Need To Know To Get The Change You Want”. For the purpose of this article, an adequate understanding of hypnosis helps you to realize that hypnosis is a powerful tool that allows us to influence the subconscious mind in a safe, effective, and holistic way. The right kind of hypnotherapy can remove the mental blocks that have held a person back from being free of tobacco. It can help a person to truly see themselves as a non-smoker, mentally rehearse their new life of freedom and all the benefits that it brings them. The right kind of hypnotherapy can even reduce or eliminate cravings and urges. In short, the right kind of hypnotherapy… the kind we do at Boise Hypnosis, powerfully and holistically, helps to change a person’s thoughts, feelings, behaviors, even their sense of identity, so he or she can become truly free of tobacco. And because these changes occur deeply within the subconscious mind, they remain a non-smoker for life, free to enjoy all the benefits that are a natural result of making such an important positive change. Now is the time to take action. Stop smoking for life. Call us at (208) 440-3306 and ask for a free phone consultation.

Studies supporting the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation:

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

The University of Washington School of Medicine reported that 39 out of 43 patients undergoing hypnosis to stop smoking cessation remained non-smokers at follow-up. (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis. -Source: Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A study of 93 male and 93 female outpatients used hypnosis to stop smoking. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported to be tobacco-free. -Source: Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

At Texas A&M University twenty-one smokers, referred by their primary physician, had an initial consultation and then had three hypnosis sessions for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment. -Source: Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

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. -Source: Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions. -Source: Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Boise Hypnosis “Down-To-Earth” Disclaimer:

Hypnosis is a very powerful process that has helped thousands of people to make positive changes in their lives. However, hypnosis is not mind control. For example, nobody, not even the best hypnotist, could make you stop smoking if you really didn’t want to. Nor could he or she accurately predict how many sessions it will take. Most people (but not everyone) begin to experience the benefits from the very first session and most people are done in about six sessions. Ultimately, you are responsible for the changes that occur as a result of the hypnosis sessions. This is both “good news” and “bad news”. It is “good news” because, after you have made the changes that you want using hypnosis, you deserve a great deal of the credit, and this knowledge helps you to make more beneficial changes in your life. But, the “bad news” is we cannot guarantee that the changes will come about. In fact, this is true in any situation where a professional is working to help you. Doctors don’t guarantee that you will get well. Teachers can’t guarantee that you will learn, and attorneys can’t guarantee that you will “win” your case. What we can guarantee, here at Boise Hypnosis, is that we will do everything we can, using current information and appropriate hypnotic methods to help you make the positive changes you want in your life. That is our promise.