This month marks Stoptober, an NHS initiative that runs every October with the purpose of providing smokers with a countrywide support network of likeminded individuals who are also trying to kick the habit.
Last year, an impressive 160,000 smokers completed the month-long challenge to down their cigarettes. This year, the number of participants is anticipated to be higher still, but as the month continues and the support and momentum begin to fade, how many will have managed to stay smoke-free for the duration? While NHS figures estimate that smokers who stop for 28-days are five times more likely to stay smoke free – making those changes permanent can be tough without continual support and encouragement.
In the months leading up to Stoptober, Hypnotherapy Directory – an online register of qualified and insured hypnotherapists – have experienced a surge in the number of visitor searches carried out for professionals specialising in smoking cessation. From July to September, queries grew by 32% and are expected to remain steady when the month-long campaign ends and individuals have to look elsewhere for the same level of support.
Emma Hilton, Press Officer for Hypnotherapy Directory said:
“It’s fantastic to see so many smokers taking control of their own health and wellness by embracing the Stoptober campaign. We know that those who stop smoking for 28-days are five times more likely to stay smoke free, but we also appreciate that without that same level of support in place it can be difficult to find the motivation to continue that progress independently. This is where hypnosis becomes a really useful tool.”
In addition to the growth in interest that correlated with the lead-up to Stoptober, a small poll of smokers carried out by Hypnotherapy Directory from the 11th – 15th of October revealed the following:
- 86% of smokers would be willing to try quit smoking hypnotherapy.
- 75% of smokers who had undergone stop smoking hypnosis said it worked.
Whether individuals are looking for additional support to help them through their Stoptober journey, or a way to make their efforts permanent when the month is up – hypnosis could be the answer.
Whilst there are many remedies to tackle the physical challenges of giving up smoking, hypnosis addresses both the psychological and physical aspects of quitting using a combination of specialist techniques. From clinical hypnotherapy through to neuro linguistic programming (NLP), these techniques are used to reprogram the conscious and unconscious mind in an effort to replace habitual smoking behaviours with far more natural and healthy strategies.
About Hypnotherapy Directory
Hypnotherapy Directory is a leading online register of UK professionals, currently receiving an average of 76,000 visitors each month. The online resource is committed to providing a service that connects individuals with the most suitable therapist in their local area, and go a step further than many traditional directories by providing additional information that those seeking help might need to make a more informed decision.
Hypnotherapy Directory lists full profiles detailing each hypnotherapist’s specialisms, the fees they charge, their practice location, qualifications and background information as to the kind of person they are. The directory also provides a wealth of information about hypnotherapy areas and techniques so visitors can browse this information before choosing a hypnotherapist.
- 1Cost of smoking: http://www.the-tma.org.uk/tma-publications-research/facts-figures/uk-cigarette-prices/
- 2Figures obtained from: www.stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk
- 332% figure based on the number of searches carried out from July to September using the term ‘quit smoking’.
- 4Poll based on responses from 35 visitors to the site from the 11th – 15th October.