Quit Smoking

Most smokers have experienced it more than once. Several weeks down the road to quitting for good... and all it takes is just one slip for all that effort to be wasted. All those good intentions, all those resisted cravings, all those plans made, and for what?

Each time, it seems OK to smoke that one cigarette. But why is that? Because addictions operate on an unconscious level and it is on the conscious level that you want to stop smoking. Your unconscious will sabotage your efforts; it will lie in wait until you are at a ‘low’ point to strike back. And then you suddenly find yourself looking for very creative reasons to justify having 'just one more'.

Ended Cigarette

So what’s the best way to stop smoking?

A boost to what is called unconscious determination, or willpower. Something that will tackle your addiction from the unconscious level, before it can get to work on your conscious mind, convincing you back into smoking again.

Hypnotherapy is the most successful way to quit the habit for good as it directly addresses the habits which lead a person to smoke. It won’t makeanyone stop smoking, but it will remove the desire to smoke. If you are truly committed to stop smoking, then hypnosis can help you.

At the beginning of the session a short history is noted before discussing smoking in general, as well as what triggers your smoking habit. And then on to the most relaxing part of the session, the hypnotherapy itself.

You may think that it is too late to stop smoking. Rethink again!

Only after a few minutes of having stopped smoking, your body begins to heal. Look at the table below:

Physical changes after having stopped smoking

20 minutes                      

Blood pressure normalizes and the pulse normalizes again. Body temperature normalizes again.

8 hours                            

Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal, Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 hours                          

Chance of heart attack decreased. The lungs begin to eliminate the mucus and the smok residues. 

The body has eliminated all nicotine.

48 hours                          

Nerve endings start to re-grow. Smell and taste improves and food has a better taste.

2 weeks - 3 months      

Cough and fatigue diminish. Circulation improves, Exercise, including walking, becomes easier.

Lung function increased by up to  one-third

1 month - 9 months     

Cilia re-growth in lungs and airways, increasing lung’s self-maintenance. Energy levels increase overall Coughing, sinus problems, tiredness, shortness of breath all decrease.

1 year - 1½  years           

Excess risk of heart disease is halved. Recovery rate from heart/bypass surgery almost doubled.

2 ½ years - 5 years          

Risk of stroke similar to non-smoker. The risk of lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer has halved.

5 years - 10 years           

Risk of stroke similar to non-smoker

10 years                              

Lung cancer death rate the same as for non smokers. Pre-cancerous cells have been replaced. 

Risk of cancer of mouth, throat, bladder, kidneys, pancreas decreases

From 10 years onward     

Risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker

If you are under 35 years old; smoking 15 a day or less; you have good level of fitness, exercise regularly, have no persistent cough and have low total consumption since starting then you have to look at the lower numbers in the table.

If you are over 50 years old, you smoke 30 a day or more; you have poor fitness level, do not exercise regularly, you do have a persistent cough and started of with a high total consumption then you have to look at the higher numbers in the table. Your body will need more time to recover.

These figures are based on research by more than one cancer society and do not represent guaranteed clinical or physical improvements to any one particular individual. It is widely accepted that non-smokers, even those who have smoked at some time in their lives, live longer and with a higher quality of life than those who smoke or continue to smoke.

Help your body begin to heal itself now! Stopping to smoke has never been so easy.

© TARA Hypnotherapy 2011