There are over 10 million smokers in the UK and about 68% of them seriously want to stop smoking. Half of them will die an average 10 years earlier than they might otherwise expect to; 100,000 of them will die this year alone in the UK. In addition they will contribute to the 600,000 deaths from second-hand smoke that occur globally every year. I could go on but if you want the statistics go to the excellent fact sheets provided by ASH.
There are a lot of myths about smoking and many of these put people off stopping. People think they will gain weight but the reality is that once you experience how easy it can be to stop smoking, managing your weight is so much simpler. Another unfounded fear is that stopping will make people less able to relax or less happy. The reality is that people with mental health issues are far more likely to smoke and the jury is out on whether the smoking is a cause or an effect of the mental health issue.
I always thoroughly investigate general health and well-being before helping people to stop smoking. I do not just want to help you become a non-smoker; I want to see you thrive and excel in your life. I am never surprised that people who smoke tend to experience a lot of unnecessary but persistent anxiety. I am delighted to provide a stress free approach to quitting that also gives people a major kick-start in achieving whatever they want to achieve in life.
The commonest reason people give me for worrying about giving up is the belief that smoking helps them to relax. It does not. The act of going outside, perhaps rolling a cigarette, taking time out from challenging work and breathing in fresh air deeply (albeit contaminated with smoke)… all of these behaviours help you to relax. Smoking does not.
People have just learnt to associate smoking with relaxation. So here is the good news. If you can associate inhaling smoke laced with deadly toxins such as carbon monoxide, cyanide and arsenic with relaxing, then you will easily be able to associate relaxing with healthier activities such as simple breathing exercises or drinking clean fresh water.
Hypnotherapy to stop smoking is a simple and positive process. It involves just two sessions. The first is to gather information and to identify all the associated triggers and fears each unique individual experiences around the issue. The second is to do the hypnotherapy. No-one is going to give you a 100% guarantee of success because ultimately it comes down to one simple factor: do you really want to stop? What I will promise you is that this is your best ever chance of success.
I will not work with anyone who has been sent to me by someone else. I only accept people for treatment if they can convince me that they really are ready to become healthy and eliminate smoking from their lives forever. If you do succeed in persuading me that you are ready then I have some fantastic new techniques for eliminating the cravings associated with nicotine addiction. These are in addition to hypnotherapy with which I have had great success over the last 6 years.
Apart from saving a phenomenal amount of money, people who stop smoking generally make other significant improvements in their lives. Not only do they enjoy huge health benefits, they also often positively get to grips with careers, family, relationships and businesses. It is as though smoking has kept them bound and chained for years and suddenly they find they are free.
If you want to stop or you know someone else who does, please do get in touch. There is no charge for the first of the two sessions and if people decide they want to carry on smoking after they have met me that is their choice. I will not charge them.
|Time since quitting||Health benefits to quitting|
|20 minutes||Pulse return to normal|
|8 hours||Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves.|
|24 hours||Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris.|
|48 hours||All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves|
|72 hours||Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.|
|2-12 weeks||Circulation improves|
|1 month||Physical appearance improves – skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled.|
|3-9 months||Coughing and wheezing declines.|
|1 year||Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half.|
|10 years||Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker.|
|15 years||Risk of a heart attack falls to about the same level as someone who has never smoked|
ASH is a bit sniffy about hypnotherapy and for good reason. Unlike say some of the Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products such as gum and sprays, or the medications which you can obtain, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy is less easy to measure. This is not because it is less effective but for the simple reason that no two hypnotherapists adopt exactly the same approach. So it is impossible to say that hypnotherapy in general is successful or not successful. I have no objection to other therapies. Do whatever works. Personally I would not substitute one bad habit for another, even if NRT is considerably less dangerous than smoking itself and I would definitely not take medication.
One of the ways in which I am different from some hypnotherapists is that I refuse to treat some people. I also encourage ex-smokers to stay in touch and to let me know if anything has gone wrong since we did the therapy. I always invite people back FREE of charge if they tell me they have smoked again. Providing they are still really serious about wanting to stop I will treat them again for FREE, addressing whatever the specific issue was that triggered the relapse.
Hypnotherapy is not magic nor does it bear any relation to stage hypnosis which is done for entertainment. Hypnotherapy is a joint approach which is why I insist on vetting smokers thoroughly to discover how serious they are about stopping.
Whether you decide to go with me or another hypnotherapist here is my advice:
- Make sure your hypnotherapist has a treatment process which they are willing to explain to you. Anyone who reads you a script when you have your eyes closed is wasting your time and money.
- Ask to see their qualifications and professional indemnity insurance.
- Ask what they will do if for some reason the therapy does not succeed.
- Insist on a free initial consultation and then go away and think about it before going for, and paying for the hypnotherapy.
If you do not really want to stop, no-one and nothing will work. If you do really want to set yourself free to become healthy, to exploit your potential and to re-engage with your life then call me now on 07974 228396 or complete the contact form.