Smoking cessation is a frequently searched service in hypnotherapy. The reason is that hypnosis has a high percentage of success. Statistics say that 10 million people in the UK are smokers (April 2014). This number is 15 percent of the whole population, however, it is not negligible. Two-thirds of smokers start before age 18, and about 66 thousand people die from cancer, with a total number of 212 thousand deaths per year (smokers aged 35 and over, 2011). Smokers who start smoking before the age of 18 are identification smokers, the others are replacement smokers, which corresponds with statistics. Usually about 95 percent of smokers are identification smokers. What does this mean? With the first group, which starts smoking before the age of 18, the habit was built on identification with parents or peers. Replacement smokers use this habit, together with another one, such as coffee, talking on the phone, playing games and so on. In some cases, the individual can be a replacement and identification smoker. But in most cases, the majority of smokers are treated in six weeks. This is a unique program in which, at the sixth week, you shouldn’t have the need to smoke anymore. Each case has different circumstances, but statistically, this program works very effectively on smoking cessation.
It is not common knowledge, but when you don’t smoke, there are benefits for you as a future ex-smoker: blood pressure readjusts to normal level; pulse rate adjusts to normal level; body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal. Eight hours later, the carbon monoxide level drops to normal and the oxygen in the blood increases to normal. Twenty-four hours later, the chance of a heart attack decreases. Forty-eight hours later, the nerve endings start regrowing and the ability to smell and taste improves. Seventy-two hours later, the bronchial tubes relax and lung capacity increases. Between two weeks and three months, circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and lung function increases up to 30 percent. Between one and nine months, coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases, and cilia regrows in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucous, clean the lungs and reduce infections.
From this list, you can see what an impact smoking has on the human body. We could continue this list up to 10 years, but now it is important to know that recovery lasts 10 years after you stop smoking, so you can imagine how strong an impact smoking has on your health.
For people who cannot quit on their own, smoking is usually satisfying a negative feeling or habit within them. In hypnosis, we are able to alter this negative feeling into a positive one. Next is reinforcement to ensure that the behavioral pattern won’t be repeated.