How many anti-smoking commercials do you have to watch before it becomes clear that cigarettes are deadly? You already know the adverse side effects. Stroke, heart disease, asthma and lung cancer are just a few examples of what awaits the long-term smoker.
But did you know that smoking can also cause blindness? According to the American Lung Association, smoking increases the risk of macular degeneration which is the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 65. Smoking also increases the risk of cataracts and glaucoma. Not to mention smoking can decrease your lifespan by at least 10 years.
Besides the health risks, there are also social consequences related to smoking. It is becoming more and more challenging to find a place to smoke without someone silently judging you for invading their airspace. Restaurants, airplanes, and even bars are now smoke-free zones. Heaven forbid it's winter time, and the craving causes you to step outside into a blizzard just for that stress release!
Your friends and family have all given you advice. The patch, nicotine gum, vaping and the all-time classic, cold turkey. No doubt that these techniques have worked for some former smokers, but what happens if you tried it all and still haven't quit? What then?
Hypnosis: A Safe and Reliable Way to Quit
Before touting the benefits of hypnosis, I need first to explain what it can and what it can't do. There is a common misconception that hypnotists possess magical powers that enable them to control the minds of others. Hypnosis is a powerful tool that uses the power of the subconscious mind to change lifelong habits without adverse side effects. However, the client’s participation and effort are crucial to its success.
Hypnosis is a collaboration between the hypnotist and the client. Trust, rapport and a real desire to make positive changes are all necessary components of a successful session. I can't make you do anything you choose not to do. I can't make you stop smoking if the only reason you made an appointment is that your significant other "forced" you to come see me. You must truly want to quit to make progress. You don't need to "believe" in hypnosis, but you do need to participate in the process entirely.
Now that you understand what hypnosis can and can't do, let's discuss why hypnosis is reliable for smoke cessation. Smoking entails several different components. You have the physical craving, the behavior, stress and other potential emotional reasons for smoking. Although nicotine is a real physical craving, it will no longer be detectable in your blood after about three days. Once the nicotine is gone, physical cravings no longer exist and we can focus on changing the habit itself.
Hypnosis is also ideal for helping with the stress that causes some people to smoke in the first place.
Stressful events may trigger the urge to smoke, so we must address the emotional components as well. You can't prevent stress from ever occurring again, but you can develop strategies to manage these stressful events more productively without the crutch of cigarettes.
All clients are unique. Most clients quit smoking after a single 3 hour session while some may require a follow up session to knock the habit for good. Like all treatment strategies, hypnosis doesn't work 100% of the time for 100% of the population. The great news is that it's 3 times more effective than nicotine replacement and 15 times more effective than quitting cold turkey. Those using hypnosis to quit smoking are also twice as likely to be smoke free after 2 years than those who don't use hypnosis. (Go to the Academic Studies on Hypnosis link at the bottom of the homepage for more information.)
The financial costs are eye opening as well. If you smoke a pack a day at $10 per pack, that adds up to $3,650 every single year. Multiply that by 10, 20 or 30 years and you begin to realize the true cost of smoking. Take it a step further. Investing $3,650 every year with 8% interest compounded annually would give you $57,106.04 after 10 years, $180,393.69 after 20 years, and a staggering $446,562.49 after 30 years!
As stated earlier, smoking can reduce your life span by up to 10 years. Don’t you agree that a $600 investment in hypnosis today is worth $446,562.49 AND an extra 10 years of life? No more excuses. Take action now!