Most people today are aware that smoking is dangerous to health and can cause serious diseases and even death.
It increases the risk of heart attacks, lung disease, cancer and numerous other health problems including cataracts and osteoporosis.
However, quitting can be a real challenge as many quitters can testify. Smoking cessation will not happen if the smoker is not ready to quit or does not have a strong enough reason to do so.
There are numerous smoking cessation methods to help smokers quit the habit such as nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges, chewing gum and hypnosis.
Almost all smokers at one time or another express the desire to quit smoking for various reasons. Some even take it seriously and set a date and time when they will take their last puff. It helps to think about your reasons for quitting.
These often include health reasons, or simply wanting to live longer. Maybe you feel that you would like to be a better role model for your children, or spend your cigarette money on something else.
It is important that your reasons for wanting to stop smoking come from your convictions and not that of someone else. This will make it easier to quit, no matter what method you adopt.
If you find that you are always setting dates but can’t follow through, it’s good to know that many smokers do manage to quit and you can too.
If you have tried all the smoking cessation methods available and still can’t kick the habit, hypnosis may be the option for you. Stop smoking hypnosis has proven to be very successful for thousands of people.
Hypnosis is being in an altered state of consciousness in which a person appears to be in a trance or asleep.
During this altered state of awareness, a hypnotist will make certain suggestions that you will find easy to accept in your relaxed state, such as the desire to give up the habit of smoking.
Even though a hypnotized person appears to be unconscious, they are fully aware of their surroundings and cannot be enticed to do anything that is against their will.
Brain tests performed during hypnosis have recorded heightened neurological activity.
Clinical hypnosis is used to treat certain psychological or physical problems as well as other conditions such as speech disorders, weight issues, and addiction problems.
During a typical hypnosis session for smoking cessation, a smoker may be asked to visualize certain unpleasant outcomes as a result of smoking such as specific health problems.
The therapist may also use one of the five senses such as smell to suggest that smoking smells foul like garbage or exhaust fumes.
The suggestion that smoking leaves the mouth of the person feeling parched and burns the tongue and soft tissue on the inside of the mouth is another way to instill disgust for smoking in the subject’s mind.
The Spiegel Metho is a popular hypnosis technique for smoking cessation that focuses on three central ideas. The smoker is taught how to use self-hypnosis to repeat the affirmations whenever the desire to smoke enters the mind.