Every New Years Eve millions of smokers resolve to stop smoking. Yet for the majority, in a recent study of over 6,300 smokers, these promises last less than a week and within 24 hours at least 10% light up again¹.
Many would-be-non-smokers will attempt to quit the evil weed with willpower or going ‘cold turkey’. What most don’t realise is that willpower is probably the least successful method of quitting smoking long-term.
There are a number of different smoking cessation support systems available, from nicotine replacement therapy, counselling and even prescription drugs. Success rates for these treatments are significantly higher than willpower alone (6%), but that is not hard to beat! For example, nicotine patches work for 13%², combined with counselling that figure rises to 20%¹ and one of the more recent prescription drugs, Champix helps around 22%³ stop smoking, when measured one year later.
Stopping smoking is little to do with willpower
The moderate success of medically based treatments suggests a placebo effect enhancing the effects of willpower. If smoking was a simple case of nicotine addiction, surely more people would be able to quit with nicotine replacement?
Smoking is a powerful psychological habit. Willpower’s major drawback is that it deals with the conscious mind, yet the smoking habit is stored within the subconscious mind. Breaking a habit is achieve either by practice not doing it, with willpower, or persuading your inner mind it’s no longer a habit you need. Willpower, and the supporting pharmaceutical and counselling techniques, work by repetition – i.e. practising not smoking, until eventually the subconscious accepts it. The problem arises when willpower fluctuates and wanes, and the urge to smoke drives the person back to cigarettes.
Tackling the smoking habit at source
The key to a successful stop smoking programme is tackling the smoking habit where it lies – the inner mind. This is why hypnotherapy is by far the most effective stop smoking method available – it addresses the psychological habit. Success rates for hypnotherapy, depending on the techniques used have been show in research to range from 30²-94%4. Even the most basic suggestion hypnosis methods produce considerably more impressive results than anything else on the market.
By using hypnosis to communicate with the subconscious, your inner mind can be persuaded that you no longer wish to smoke. Links between satisfaction gained from smoking can be broken as the desire to smoke is redirected to something more advantageous, such as a new hobby, socialising, friends or relaxation.
Choose the right support
If you have promised yourself to quit smoking this year, make sure you get the right help and support. Don’t rely on willpower alone. With the help of advanced hypnotherapy you can increase your chances of stopping and becoming one of the millions of ex-smokers that have successfully quit smoking.
Are you ready to become a non-smoker?
Advanced hypnotherapy could help you stop smoking. Find out more about our unique ‘Stop Smoking in One Hour’ hypnotherapy technique here or call Katie Glen on 020 8712 5981 for a free 15 minute no-obligation consultation.¹Pfizer research published in Daily Mirror, 2 January 2012, ²New Scientist (Robert Matthews, Issue 1845, October 1992). Collected from statistics from more than 600 studies, covering almost 72,000 people in America, Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe and including 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers. ³ash.org.uk, accessed June 2009. 4Von Dendenroth, T. (1968) American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.