Hypnotherapy is three times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in quitting the smoking habit for good, according to one of the largest ever scientific research studies involving nearly 72,000 people at the University of Iowa. *
First of all, congratulations! The very fact that you have found yourself to this page suggests that you are ready to quit smoking. And you are not alone. A report by the Office for National Statistics, based on a survey of more than 13,000 people, found 63% of smokers in Britain wanted to stop smoking.
Why doesn’t everyone find it easy to give up?
Those who smoke are invariably well aware of the advantages of giving up smoking – increased health, fitness, reduced risk of life limiting illnesses not to mention the financial benefits. What many don’t realise however is that research into smoking and stress reveals that far from relaxing you, smoking actually increases anxiety and tension over time, leaving smokers 80% more like to experience a significant anxiety or depression.
So given the fact that smokers know all of this, why do some find it so difficult to stop the habit, even when they no longer want to smoke? There are three factors that contribute to maintaining the habit:
- Automatic habit and subconscious programming, for example smoking without really thinking about it, even if you don’t actually need one. If smoking for you was a conscious issue, then you’d already have decided to just stop and would be enjoying a healthier, smoke free life.
- Psychological factors, for example the belief that it relieves stress.
- Physical addiction, the symptom of which pass within a week and are the least of the three factors. Physical cravings are at least in part determined by the rules smokers set for themselves. After all, how many wake during the night and get up to smoke?