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Smoking is quite topical now because of legislation for a ban on lighting up in public
places, which became law in Scotland in March 2006. The health arguments are well
known now and 13,000 Scots alone will die prematurely this year from cancer; more
from heart disease, emphysema and other diseases directly attributable to smoking.
you want to stop is important
Most of the clients I see face to face to help quit smoking say what they want is
better health, more fitness and energy. If they have children they often want to
be able to see them grow up and be able to join in with their activities. And to
save money. Other reasons are to feel more socially accepted and to have hair and
clothes smelling better. Most smokers now seem to be banished to the back garden
or outside, but where they do smoke indoors are aware of the awful smell pervading
The Need to Stop Smoking is Yours.
Clients who succeed have expressed a need that they really want to stop. I often
tell people who say "I just like smoking but I'd like to stop" not to waste their
money on this or any other therapy because they are bound to fail. Hypnotherapy can
do a lot of things but I don't want to take away your free will! Sometimes this mistaken
notion that the therapist will 'do it all' comes from an idea that it's the hypnotherapist's
ideas that will cause the cure to happen. In fact it is the alignment of your conscious
will to stop, with my help to get your subconscious going in the same direction that
Relaxing background music
Use daily for 2-3 weeks
Select quiet place with no interruptions to listen - BUT not in the car!
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be the most effective method for stopping smoking
compared to willpower, patches, gum, Zyban and acupuncture (source: 'New Scientist'
issue 1845 (1992)). What I have found is that the the psychological craving for cigarettes
and other forms of smoking tobacco tends to be more powerful than the nicotine withdrawal
symptoms. Although you may prefer to use these methods along with this track to give
yourself as much chance as possible assuming your GP recommends them.
Some years ago I gave up smoking myself. I used patches for 3 days but had dreadful
dreams at night. I used self-hypnosis to quit smoking in 2-3 days quite easily with
no further dreaming episodes.
How this has worked for other people
"I found the therapy itself relaxing and motivational... I will thoroughly recommend
his form of treatment to anyone who wants to give up smoking, it may well have saved
my life." P.R., Perth
"My son and husband have also given up with me, so with the
money we will save, this time next year we will be able to buy a nice car. Thanks
again for your help." Mrs J.M., Durham