Are You Ready To Put Out The Cigarettes For Good?

Article by Daniel Browne 12.10.15

“A cigarette is the only consumer product which, when consumed as desired, kills half of its regular customers”.

It amazes me that anyone would want to smoke after reading that startling statement from the World Health Organisation. What they’re saying is that if you’re a smoker, there is a 50% chance it will kill you.

Of course, deciding you want to quit smoking is easier than the reality of actually doing it. As an ex-smoker myself I know that you need to be in the right mindset to quit and that it can be difficult to remain cigarette free in those first few weeks after quitting. However, over time I’ve learnt that it doesn’t actually have to be difficult to stop smoking, and there’s one useful tool that could leave you a non-smoker after just two hours.

Smoking is something that used to be considered quite glamorous many years ago, but as time goes by and as laws come into place that restrict where people can smoke, more and more people are finding smoking to be a disgusting habit and doing all they can to quit.

The fact that more people are trying to quit smoking means that there has been a huge rise in the amount of people who are using aid such as e-cigarettes to help them quit. Something else that can help people to quit smoking is hypnotherapy.

Many hypnotherapists will say that the bread and butter of their practices are people who want to quit smoking and lose weight. For me, that is certainly the case. However, as the number of people wanting to quit smoking increases, I now not only see people who want to give up cigarettes; I’ve also been seeing people who have become reliant on e-cigarettes and want to give those up too.

So, why do people smoke? This is a question that a friend once posed to me. He couldn’t understand why people would smoke when they are fully aware of the health risks and potential consequences of lighting up. What he failed to see though, was that smoking is a habit, or in many cases an addiction. For many individuals it is a case of peer pressure in their teenage years. When a group of teenagers are together and ‘egging each other on’ to start smoking, it can be difficult to say no, especially when you want to fit in with people. I’m personally guilt of giving into peer pressure as a teenager and smoking to fit in. Another reason people start smoking may be due to stress and thinking that if they were to smoke a cigarette, they would be relieved of stress. Whatever the reason is for starting smoking, one thing is common across the board… The majority of smokers want to stop but feel unable to due to it being a habit or addiction. This is when hypnotherapy can help.

When clients contact me to make an enquiry about smoking cessation therapy, I offer them two options. The first is to have four weekly sessions which involve gradually cutting down on the cigarette intake over that period, with the idea being that by the final session you’ll not be smoking any more. The second option is to have a one off session that lasts for two hours and results in you being a non-smoker by the time you leave.

Whichever option you go for, there is then a set list of things that I will want to find out:

1. How many cigarettes do you smoke each day? This is important because in my experience someone who smokes 40 cigarettes per day will require deeper hypnosis that someone who only smokes 10 cigarettes each day.
2. Have you tried to give up smoking before? It’s good to find out the methods that have been used in the past to give up and to ascertain the degree of success that there was.
3. Have you used hypnotherapy to try to quit smoking before? If a client has seen a hypnotherapist to quit smoking before then I’d need to ask why it didn’t work previously but they feel it will this time.
4. What makes you want to quit now? This is an essential question because I will only see people who say they want to quit smoking because it’s what they want to do. If someone was to say that their partner or somebody else wanted them to quit smoking, then I would be unable to see them. The will to quit smoking must come from the individual, not somebody else.

Once those questions have been asked and it’s decided that the therapy can go ahead, I make sure that the process of hypnosis not only involves the hypnotherapy itself, but also a great deal of discussion which utilises my counselling skills and provides the client with a great deal of factual information about the risks of smoking and the benefits of becoming a non-smoker. For the risks of smoking part of the session I may discuss the following:

• The many conditions that are caused or made worse by smoking, which include many forms of cancer, premature aging, infertility, emphysema and ulcers.
• The chemicals that are in cigarettes, such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and how they can affect the human body.
• The death rate of people who smoke and how smoking is one of the biggest killers in the world.

That part of the session can be quite emotional for some people, so to balance it out I also discuss the benefits of being a non-smoker with the client. There are the obvious financial benefits, but more importantly there are the health benefits to consider. It is that part of the session which tends to inspire people and give them a bit more drive to success in achieving their goal.

The hypnosis itself incorporates all of the information that the client has provided me with. I make up the majority of the hypnosis as I go along in order for it to be exactly tailored to the needs of the client. Some tools I may use during hypnosis include regression, inner child work or visualisation, but whatever I do it is structured specifically for the individual.

As for success rates, I’m legally not allowed to make claims and note the percentages that get bandied around. However, I will say that every client I have seen for smoking cessation was a non-smoker by the time they had completed their session(s) with me.

October is a great month to quit smoking, with lots of awareness around the Stoptober campaign. To tie in with this, I’m offering a huge 30% off quit smoking hypnosis throughout October as an extra helping hand to help you become smoke free. So, are you ready to put out the cigarettes for good?

Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist with practices in Warwick and Evesham. Contact him on 07816 181428or email to book a free consultation.