Quit Smoking


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Smokers do not tend to try hypnosis to help them quit smoking until they have exhausted every other option. That means the people I see in my clinic, have very strong smoking habits. Strong enough to resist their previous efforts. That’s OK, I’m used to it, and I can help. It is always possible to stop.

Why Quit Smoking

The average ex-smoker has tried to quit smoking seven times before being successful. Knowing this quit smoking fact is often relieving to smokers that are working to quit. The next time you quit smoking, may be the last time.

You may know people who have quit smoking ‘cold turkey’ only to immediately start gaining weight or start another bad habit. Once a habit is created, it can be difficult to ‘simply’ quit. Removing the habit action (smoking), will not always remove the habit sequence (trigger, craving, smoking). Therefore, removing the cigarettes from your habit will not always remove the craving. If the craving to smoke is still present, a person may substitute ‘lesser’ habits and remain more likely to take up smoking again.

People sometimes describe trying to quit smoking like two different people arguing in their head. One part wants to quit and another part wants to smoke. This is normal for anyone trying to stop a habit. Professional hypnotherapy helps end these internal arguments.

Directly addressing and “removing” the cravings, the behaviors, makes it much more comfortable to quit smoking. Though, of course, there is still effort required.

People that have prior quit smoking attempts often report increased cravings, difficulty concentrating, and irritability when they stopped smoking. I work to control this side of the smoking habit too. After one to two sessions of hypnosis with me, most people report no cravings, no irritability, and an increased sense of calmness and focus. This makes quitting smoking so much more comfortable.

People that have smoked for 30 years are surprised when, the morning after a quit smoking session, there is no craving to smoke. They feel calm. They have quit smoking and can now continue modifying any remaining behaviors with this habit.

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How Hypnosis Can Help You Stop Smoking

The physical addiction to nicotine from smoking reportedly lasts from three to seven days after the last cigarette. Most smokers have been able to stop smoking for at least a few days. Many have quit smoking beyond the first week of physical addiction before falling back to the old smoking behaviors.

With appropriate hypnosis, once the smoking behaviors are addressed or replaced, it is important to work on techniques and tools that make that first week of not smoking easier. This may consist of creating new behaviors and emotional associations; more appreciation of how good it feels to be a non-smoker, the good feeling it gives you to be a good example in your family, a “craving” to drink more water, and more.

How the time is spent in a stop smoking session is very important. It clears room in your mind and creates a new foundation for new behaviors. After the stop smoking session, it is important for you to remain focused on your goals as the new behaviors take root. To assist in this, stop smoking programs will often supply CD’s to listen to or teach you different ‘exercises’ to do. In my experience audios and exercises are both important.

After spending the few minutes to listen to a CD, people say they feel refreshed, rested, relaxed and mentally clear. If they had any thoughts of smoking before, they are gone afterward.

Smoking And Stress

Almost all smokers will smoke more if when they have high stress. The higher a person’s stress, the stronger the relative strength of the craving. In addition to daily, situational stress, stress can include anxiety, depression, PTSD, traumatic memories, and other behavioral factors.

A quit smoking program would not be complete with out thoroughly addressing the stress side of the smoking behavior. Hypnosis is the perfect tool to address behavioral stress and manage situational stress.


Long Term Quit Smoking Results

From a few days to a few weeks after the last quit smoking session, I have follow-up contact with my clients. I track client success rates and feedback. While I have formed my stop smoking program with techniques from the top modern hypnotists in the profession, I use the feedback to adapt and further improve the program.

Taking into consideration, client compliance, ease of use, comprehension, comfort level, quit smoking success rate and acceptability. Everyone is able to stop smoking for a few days. Your long term success is my focus. Most of my clients come from the referrals of previous successful clients. Your long term quit smoking success results in my continued success.

Hypnotherapy is proven to be the most effective way to stop smoking permanently.
General Smoking Statistics
  • 7,000 people die from smoking related disease in Ireland every year
  • These deaths are preventable
  • 90% of Lung cancers are caused by smoking
  • 50% of all smokers will die from smoking related diseases
  • Smokers have an increased risk of cancers, heart disease, strokes, low birth weight and many other diseases
  • Smoking is the single most important preventable cause of illness and death
  • IARC have classified second hand smoke as a carcinogen
  • It costs us €1 Billion per year to provide health services for smokers
  • A non-smoker living with a smoker has a 25% increased risk of lung cancer and a 30% increased risk of heart disease
  • Passive smoke exposure increases the risk of stroke by 82%
  • Exposure to passive smoking in the workplace increases the risk of lung cancer by up to 40%
  • Exposure to passive smoking in the workplace increases the risk heart disease
  • Exposure to passive smoking in the workplace increases absenteeism, the rate of consultation with doctors and the rate of prescription usage
  • Standing in the path of a smoker or their cigarette or being in a room in which there are smokers means being exposed to at least 50 agents known to cause cancer and other chemicals that increase blood pressure, damage the lungs and cause abnormal kidney function.
  • Smokers lose an average of 10-15 years from their life expectancy.

Make That Commitment

The successful clients have commonalities. They have a desire to quit smoking and they follow my program’s simple recommendations.  When it comes to stopping smoking, the only poor choice is putting it off. Find what works for you and do it. If you live near Waterford , Kilkenny or Tipperary I invite you to contact me for a free 15min phone consultation to explore the option of hypnosis to quit smoking.

Points To Consider

    • 20 minutes after quitting smoking, your heart rate drops.
    • 12 hours after quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
    • 24 hours after quitting smoking, the chance of having a heart attack begins to decrease.
    • 2 weeks to 3 months after you stop smoking, blood circulation and lung function may improve.
    • 1 to 9 months after quitting smoking, the lungs can start to clean themselves again. You may notice you’re coughing less and aren’t as short of breath.
    • 1 year after quitting, the risk of a heart attack is now half the risk of a smoker’s.
    • 5+ years after you stop smoking, the risk of a stroke is reduced to the same risk as a person who has never smoked.
    • 10 years after quitting smoking, the risk of lung cancer is reduced. There is less risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, cervix and pancreas.
    • Schedule a private session with Lisa today and start moving beyond your limiting beliefs, behaviors, inner conflicts and confusion.
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