You’re sick and tired of being a slave to your smoking habit. You just want an easy way to quit so you can enjoy all the benefits of a smoke-free life. I understand.

It’s probable that you’re reading this article because you want to get control over your smoking habit. Maybe you’re one of the millions who’ve previously tried to give up using willpower, gum, patches and other nicotine replacement products with little success.

You’re not alone in that respect. Research shows that stopping smoking can be difficult. A recent study suggested that most smokers try to give up at least 30 times before they’re successful.

Perhaps you’re now thinking that using hypnosis to quit smoking is your last resort. It was for me.

Let’s use online hypnotherapy to help you stop smoking for good.

Is hypnotherapy good for stopping smoking?

Using hypnosis to quit smoking has been proven to be the most successful smoking cessation methods. Studies commissioned by the world renowned New Scientist magazine quoted stop smoking hypnotherapy as being the most effective approach to use is someone wanted to stop smoking.

Using hypnosis to stop smoking really can increase your chances of changing your behaviour by changing the area of your brain that influences your thoughts.

There are also no known risk or withdrawl symptoms when the treatment is carried out by a professional hypnotherapist and little if any cravings are experienced after therapy.

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The problem with willpower

One of the main issues with using willpower is that it takes a lot of hard work and motivation. Our brains really don’t like hard work, that’s why we develop habits. Once something becomes a habit it becomes automatic. The part of our brain that deals with our executive function (our ability to learn, memorise and recall) is happy that it’s got one less job to do.

However, as we know it takes time for things to become a habit. All the time we are relying on willpower we are draining our executive function. This system needs to take frequent breaks to recharge, it can only do this effectively if we’re in peak form. Stress, sleep loss, poor diet, loneliness and a lack of exercise are all ways which mean that our willpower is never topped up fully.

Also by the very nature of willpower, you are denying yourself something that you believe you want. This then increases your stress levels which means you’re more likely to give in to your cravings.

Even with advice and support from family members, many relying on willpower find themselves quickly reaching for their cigarettes again in an attempt to ease their withdrawl symptoms and increase feelings of relaxation.

The problem with nicotine replacement therapy

The main issue with using nicotine replacement techniques is that nicotine is NOT a highly addictive substance. Therefore you are trying to cut back on a substance that you’re not addicted to in the first place. They do nothing to help you tackle the real reason why you find it difficult to quit.

Nicotine is NOT a highly addictive substance. You just have an unhealthy habit, not an addiction!

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How do we know that nicotine is not addictive?

Tobacco companies and those that produce nicotine replacement products peddle the addiction myth to try and make it hard for you to quit. Their only interest is increasing their profits. A vast majority of my previous clients used to believe they were addicted and blamed this on their failure in quitting. It’s not surprising when we wrongly hear that it’s as addictive as heroin.

I was speaking to one client recently who had flown back to London from Canada. I asked him how long has flight was. He told me it was 7 hours. So with checking in and collecting baggage at the other end, there was a period of at least 8 hours when he didn’t smoke.

I asked him what he did as soon as he’d landed and collected his baggage. As predicted, he told me he went straight outside and smoked. I then asked him what if instead of flying to London he was flying to Athens which was another 4 hours, would he have been able to smoke after the same 8-hour period? Of course, he said he wouldn’t, he still would have been 10,000 feet up in the air.

I then asked him when he’d been on shorter flights, say 4 hours, what he did as soon as he’d got his baggage and got outside. Predictably he told me he went straight outside for a cigarette.

I then asked him

“What chemical addiction allows you to pick and choose how long you are addicted to it?”

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There was, of course, a bit of reluctance to believe that the reason he hadn’t been able to quit for over 25 years was not due to an addiction.

I then asked him how many of his female friends gave up smoking when they were pregnant. He said they all did.

I asked him how he thought they managed that if nicotine was a highly addictive substance. I could see that he was beginning to realise that he’d been conned for all these years.

I asked him when he smoked the most, he told me when it was when he was out socialising with friends. He told me that he might smoke 10 cigarettes in a 5 hour period. I said that it was odd that he could happily go 8 hours on a flight without a cigarette but on a night out he was smoking every 30 minutes.

I asked him again

“What chemical addiction allows you to pick and choose how long you are addicted to it?”

I then asked him if he’d given up smoking before. He told me he had once given up for 9 weeks but then started again to fit in with his social crowd.

I asked him again

“What chemical addiction allows you to pick and choose how long you are addicted to it?”

At this point, he fully understood that nicotine was indeed not addictive. He’d been lied to for all these years. There was no way that an addiction could last as little as 30 minutes on a Saturday night in the pub and then for as long as 9 weeks, which was the longest he’d gone without smoking before.

Once you understand that you too are not addicted to nicotine then quitting smoking becomes much easier.

You will have your own examples to prove you are not addicted to nicotine!

You can become a non-smoker in 3 easy steps

#01 Meet

You’ll be provided with a tool kit to increase the effectiveness of your stop smoking hypnosis session.

#02 Hypnosis

We discover your triggers & reasons for stopping. Your mindset changes to one of a non-smoker.

#03 Success

No more living as a smoker. You can look forward to all the benefits of living a life free from smoking.

Imagine being free of your smoking habit forever, what will you look forward to the most?

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Below is an interview with Sarah who had been a smoker for over 30 years before I used hypnotherapy via Zoom to help her quit.

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What are the benefits of online hypnotherapy?

The actual online hypnotherapy sessions follow the same format as if we were meeting face to face. The only difference is that all our communication is done via the Zoom platform. This makes it a particularly safe form of therapy that can take place from anywhere in the world provided there is a reliable internet connection. You will receive the same structured session and excellent level of service that you would during face to face therapy.

All parts of the hypnotherapy process can take place via Zoom. A vast majority of our time together is spent in conversation, therefore we just need a method of communication where we can see and hear each other.

By not having to make travel arrangements my clients find they are better able to fit the session into a busy day. They find it safer, more convenient and they enjoy being able to relax in familiar surroundings.

You can find out more about the benefits of online hypnotherapy by using the highlighted link.

 

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Why we smoke – the habit explained

As well as a very intelligent part of your brain that knows smoking is a deadly habit, you have a very simple subconscious, primitive part. This is where your smoking habit lies. This is the original part of our brain. Its job is to look out for and keep us safe from danger. It can, however, often get things badly wrong.

This subconscious part of our brain has mistakenly formed the opinion that smoking reduces stress. When you smoke there is a physiological effect. Nicotine is a stimulant which increases your heart and breathing rate, your brain recognises these symptoms as a stress response and therefore looks out for the danger that’s caused this reaction. There obviously isn’t any, but it’s now on red alert scanning for perceived threats.

Approximately 45 minutes after having a cigarette you’ll start to get a nicotine withdrawal pang and subconsciously you’ll start to become edgy. So you have a cigarette and these pangs are relieved. This subconscious part of your brain then falsely believes that the cigarette has relieved stress. So an incorrect pattern is made in your brain. This then forms your subconscious smoking habit.

 

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Your simple unconscious, primitive brain thinks that smoking helps to relieve stress. All it has done of cause is relieve that mild nicotine withdrawal that your last cigarette caused.

Not one of the 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke promote relaxation, there’s no lavender or chamomile! There are plenty of poisons and stimulants though. So by continuing to smoke you are actually increasing your stress levels not reducing them.

There is no logical or intellectual reason for you to smoke. You do not need me to tell you it’s expensive, it’s now seen as being unsociable, it makes your clothes and breath smell and increases your likelihood of dying. There is not one intelligent reason why you smoke. Your intellectual mind is 100% aware of this but while your unconscious, primitive mind is in charge, the message isn’t getting through.

 

You know there is not one intellectual reason why you smoke. The problem is your smoking habit is not in the intellectual part of your brain!

 

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How does hypnotherapy to quit smoking work?

Let’s compare your brain to an organisation to help me explain how hypnotherapy to stop smoking works.

Your intellectual brain is the CEO, the big boss, this is the part of your brain knows without a doubt that smoking is a deadly habit that has absolutely no benefit to you. Your amygdala (fight/flight area) is the Health and Safety Officer, they’re in charge of your primitive emotional mind.

It’s important to remember that your primitive mind mistakenly thinks that smoking is good for you as it lowers stress.

In the middle of these two areas is the cingulate gyrus, which is like a Personal Assistant (P.A). It’s constantly sending out messages to all the different parts of your brain including your intellectual brain and your primitive mind. It will sometimes decide what information is important for the boss to know and will listen to suggestions from both.

In the case of smoking your Health and Safety Officer has put up such a strong sugestion as to why you should carry on smoking that your P.A just accepts it and doesn’t feel the need to raise the issue with the boss. They’re far too busy doing other important things to be interrupted.

 

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What happens during quit smoking hypnotherapy?

Metaphorically, when you are relaxed during hypnosis, your Health and Safety Officer disappears to have an extended tea break and your CEO takes the opportunity to get in a round of golf.

During hypnosis, your intellectual brain and primitive mind calm down their activity. Your brain waves change allowing other areas of your brain to become receptive to a positive suggestion for change.

Your P.A becomes incredibly busy and receptive to this new suggestion. It’s during stop smoking hypnosis that your P.A gets the very clear message that smoking is a deadly habit, that will eventually kill you and you need to stop it now. Without other distractions, it gets the time to review, change and take action.

 

When you come back to full consciousness and everyone returns from their breaks, the P.A effectively tells your Health and Safety Officer that they’re not listening to their nonsense anymore.

 

They state to the boss that as of this moment, they’re back in charge of health matters. As we know the boss is already fully aware that there is absolutely no benefit to be had from carrying on smoking.

This makes stopping easy. You will think about smoking for a few days, that is for sure but

your cravings will have disappeared and you will have no desire to ever smoke again!

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Why I have great success with hypnosis to quit smoking

One of the main reasons is I genuinely want you to be successful in stopping smoking. I was a smoker for 15 years during this time I had the motivation to quit but never the right tool. Had it not been for hypnotherapy I’d probably be still smoking today. I can understand the battle that’s going on inside your head and can fully emphasise. I get no greater enjoyment than helping people to stop smoking. It’s ultimately why I became a hypnotherapist.

 

I’ve developed and refined a comprehensive plan to help you stop smoking for good.

 

A week before your stop smoking appointment you will be provided with a ‘Guided Relaxation Download’. This form of self-hypnosis will help to begin the process of reducing the anxiety that years of smoking have built up. It will also give you an opportunity to get used to my voice which will make it much easier for you to go into a relaxed trance during your later stop smoking session.

You will also be given a simple yet effective way to start to increase your serotonin levels which will have been reduced throughout your time smoking. This can help you to think even more positively about your life as a non-smoker.

In addition, you will also be provided with an ‘Understanding Your Mind’ download to listen to. This will go into more detail about how your brain has been working against you and why your previous attempts to stop smoking have been unsuccessful.

Its main purpose is to educate you, in order that you fully understand you are not addicted to a substance, you just have an unhealthy habit. It is easier to permanently change a habit than a believed addiction.

Finally, you will receive a copy of my ‘How to stop the time bomb’ stop smoking guide. It contains a 7-day step by step process to help fully prepare you for your stop smoking hypnosis session.

I believe that by following the guide you will greatly increase your chances of success and that you will be in a great position to enjoy the rest of your years living smoke-free as I am.

 

How much does hypnotherapy to quit smoking cost?

You can find out the price of stop smoking hypnotherapy by clicking on the highlighted link.

How long does a stop smoking hypnosis session last?

The initial consultation will last for approximately 40 minutes. The actual stop smoking hypnotherapy session will last for around 90 minutes, including hypnosis which will last for approximately 30 minutes.

 

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What happens at a stop smoking hypnotherapy session?

The aim of this session is for you to be 100% committed to giving up smoking before you go into hypnosis at the end of the session. The higher your motivation to quit the more effective your session will be.

In order for this to happen I will ask you for your smoking history detailing when you began, why you began and how many you smoke.

I will learn your triggers and the reasons why you want to stop smoking. This information will then be weaved into your bespoke stop smoking script making your hypnosis session extremely powerful.

We will also analyse the reasons why you have not been able to quit to date. We’ll expose the stories your primitive mind has been telling you and include these in your script to increase the effectiveness of your stop smoking hypnosis session.

When I have a clear picture of your motivation to quit and you fully understand how hypnosis works, it’s time for you to lay back, close your eyes and let your mind drift and dream as I guide you into trance.

This will last about 30 minutes and when you come back to full consciousness the cravings and desire to smoke will have left you completely.

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