Hypnosis and Smoking

Using Hypnosis To Quit Smoking

The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (AHA) has received approval for listing on the Quitline database to assist people through the use of hypnosis to help stop their addiction to smoking.  For information of a Hypnotherapist in your area that may be able to assist you to stop smoking, call the Advisory Line 1300 552 254.

For more information use the links below:

  • Quitline 13 1848  Quitline is completely confidential. Anyone who is experiencing a smoking addiction problem, or who knows of someone who needs to quit smoking can ring Quitline.
  • Cancer Council 13 1129
  • A Hypnotherapist 1300 552 254
The “Hyp-No-Smoke” release program

“The intention of this smoking release program is to
get to a state where it won’t occur to you to smoke.”

A recent UK study indicated that most people, who smoke cigarettes, wish to quit the habit. This has resulted in the Australian government sponsoring advertisements to encourage people to stop smoking and reduce their chances of getting lung cancer.

But did you know, that smoking affects much more than just your lungs?  A good site for you to have a look at to gain further information on this is:

   The University of Sydney Tobacco Control Supersite

Can you stop smoking?

However with the increasing number of people wanting to quit smoking there is now also an increasing number of ways being offered to help them to achieve this. These include Nicotine Replacement, Acupuncture, and even Group Therapy, just to mention a few.  All in all there are many different ways, both using conventional medicine and complementary therapy to help people to quit the smoking habit. One of the most successful of these is hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is different.  Nicotine addiction is not the main problem in stopping smoking. Nicotine can be out of your system in as little as three to four days, whilst other chemicals (about 4,000 in all) may take another four or five days.  With this in mind, one might ask why it is that people can give up smoking for one, two or maybe three months and then drift back to cigarettes.  The reason is simply that they have never overcome the Psychological habit of being a smoker.  The habit is lodged in the subconscious mind so that there is a constant desire for a cigarette.  It is the nagging desire that this habit creates which will gradually wear the ex-smoker down, until in a moment of stress or weakness they give in and light that first cigarette.

Hypnosis helps

Hypnotherapy is designed to overcome the Psychological addiction. Hypnosis allows the habit of being a smoker to be replaced with the habit of being a non-smoker.  Hypnosis will strengthen the desire and motivation of the person to stop smoking in exactly the same way that Hypnosis is used by sportspeople to increase their motivation and performance.

Why not take advantage of this to give up your Smoking habit now? Once you have made the decision, you will have already gone through the hardest part of quitting. Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful and easiest ways to give up the smoking habit.

IT DOES NOT MATTER – How heavily you smoke… how long you have smoked… or how often you have unsuccessfully tried to stop.

IT DOES MATTER – That you have a strong desire to break the habit… that it must be your own decision to stop smoking.

Members of The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association have been helping people to stop smoking for over 57 years.  If you are serious about quitting, you can safely use this proven method.

Please contact the AHA ADVISORY LINE 1300 552 254 to arrange an appointment with your nearest practitioner, and see how Hypnotherapy can work for you.

New Scientist Magazine

In 1992 New Scientist Magazine published the results of an extensive clinical study on the most effective smoking cessation methods. Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingam Viswesvaran of the University of Iowa carried out a meta-analysis, statistically combining the results of more than 600 studies covering almost 72,000 people from America, Scandinavia and elsewhere …

It shows single session hypnosis increased a smoker’s success chance by 1000% from 6% to 60%.

Success rates for different smoking cessation methods

  • 60% – Single session Hypnosis
  • 24% – Acupuncture
  • 10% – Nicotine Replacement Therapy
  • 6% – Willpower alone

Proving that hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little.

Source: New Scientist,  October 1992, Vol 136.
Cigarette Smoke and Children
Summary of an article by Quitline.

A baby living with people who smoke inside their house and/or car will end up inhaling passive smoke. Inhaling this passive smoke will be the equivalent to the baby having smoked 80 cigarettes by the time of her/his first birthday! Children who are exposed to passive smoke are more likely to develop asthma and have more frequent asthma attacks; have poorer lung function and slower lung growth; have more ear, nose, throat and chest infections; and young babies are more at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death).

Passive smoke is the smoke breathed out by a smoker and from the end of a lit cigarette. It may be invisible but it contains more dangerous chemicals than the smoke inhaled by the smoker. In particular it affects young children because their lungs are smaller and more delicate.  Passive smoke contains: nicotine (the addictive drug in cigarettes ); tar (which coats the inside of lungs, making it harder to breathe) and the same gas that comes from car exhausts (so the heart needs to work harder).  Therefore you, as the parent, needs to realise that the chemicals in passive smoke can make your child sick.