Is quit smoking your 2017 new year resolution?
Have you said, as most smokers have and do, that this year, “this year I’m making it my new year resolution to quit smoking once and for all!” I know I did, many times and many times I was successful for varying amounts of time, ranging from three days to 18 months (it was almost two years), but only to start again.
Despite the ever-increasing desire to give up, we tend to feel we are weak if we can’t do it on our own; asking for or seeking help is not a sign of weakness at all, if receiving help finally brings the desired result that is all that matters.
Of course, there are various options to quitting and each with varying degrees of success. The main options are:
- Cold turkey (no not the left-overs from Christmas dinner).
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) can be gum, patches, etc.
- Behavioural therapy (CBT and similar).
All the above are recognised ways of quitting, but did you know the attributed success rate of each of them? According to ‘quitsmokingsupport.com’ the percentages of success are:
- Cold turkey 5%.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) 25%.
- Behavioural therapy (CBT and similar) 25%.
- Hypnotherapy 66%.
Showing that hypnotherapy is two and a half times more likely to succeed in you quitting than with any other stop smoking treatment or aid.
Most smokers can be helped to be a non-smoker and non-nicotine user in one session. However, this depends on why they started smoking in the first place and that is, generally, as a child, in an attempt, to look cool or tough. If that isn’t you and you started later in life and smoking was a means of support for you, don’t worry you can still be treated, it’ll just mean a course of curative hypnotherapy sessions.
As individuals, we each have different urges when we need or want to smoke, we each have different triggers that make the urge to smoke greater, and it’s because of those differences that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not possible.
Although 2017 will bring with it the commencement of new legislation on smoking products:
- The removal of packs of 10.
- All packaging is to be an ‘ugly olive green’.
- 65% of front and back of the packets to be given over to health warnings and grim pictures.
- ‘you’re going to die’ warnings on the top and bottom of packs.
- Menthol and skinny cigarettes are to be phased out and banned by 2020.
E-cigs are also under tighter sanctioning and if over 20mg/ml of Nicotine will be classified as medicine and subjected to the same strict regulations as over-the-counter drugs.
These measures may help you make that decision to stop smoking, to seek help in quitting, and I hope they do.
*Figures provided by website quitsmokingsupport.com “hypnosis for smoking cessation: a review”
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About Keith Gullis
I am a curative hypnotherapist providing bespoke treatments for a vast array of ailments and conditions as well as providing a tailored smoking cessation treatments either with my 'done in one' session or a course of curative hypnotherapy sessions.
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