Stop smoking using the power of hypnotherapy

This page is here to bring together a wide variety of news, research and opinion about quitting smoking using the power of hypnotherapy. If you, or someone you know, are looking to stop smoking then you might be willing to consider all sorts of methods to bring about success

Some methods are more effective than others but the key is to find a solution that works for you. Below are links to articles and research that is designed to help you find your solution.

I am of course biased. I help people to stop smoking using hypnotherapy and as far as I am aware there is nothing more effective in the long term. Other methods are less effective or don’t tackle what is responsible – your thoughts!

For more details on what hypnotherapy can do to help you stop smoking just read some of the posts below.

Scotland ‘tobacco free’ by 2034

Scotland ‘tobacco free’ by 2034

What a bold move! It looks like Scotland’s drive for independence is forcing them to look at issues in a new way.

IF they go solo and have to look after their own out of their own pocket then changes will have to be made. Scotland is traditionally a VERY unhealthy country so it won’t take much to bring about some improvement to the country’s population.

Greater numbers of people stopping smoking would definitely have a positive income on the health of Scotland.

The idea of only 5% of the population smoking is excellent and should be applauded. Other governments around the world SAY that they want to protect health but it looks like they like the tax revenue smoking generates too much to actually try and stamp it out.

Scotland, on the other hand, is strapping on a pair and seem to be talking the talk AND walking the walk!

Well done Scotland!

Plain cigarette packaging is to be introduced in Scotland under a plan to make the nation “tobacco-free” by 2034.

The Scottish government said it wanted to see less than 5% of the population choosing to smoke by the target date.

Ministers also pledged to ban smoking in hospital grounds by 2015 and set a target for cutting children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

Smoking accounts for more than 13,000 deaths in Scotland each year and is the main cause of early death.

Treating people with smoking-related conditions costs NHS Scotland about £271m each year.

The Scottish government’s plans, contained in its new tobacco control strategy, are the latest in a series of measures to cut smoking.

via BBC News – Ministers aim to make Scotland ‘tobacco free’ by 2034.

Smoking to be banned in all U.K. prisons

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“I’m just nipping out for a fag” is NOT an option!

More and more people are quitting smoking. The quit smoking numbers increased when the smoking ban was introduced. The Prison Officers Association has recommended that a smoking ban be implemented in all prisons so their members are not subject to second-hand smoke from prison inmates.

According to the Mirror the “Prison Service accepts that cigarettes must be stubbed out for health and safety reasons and to avoid compensation claims from officers claiming to be victims of passive smoking.”

When the nationwide smoking ban in public buildings was introduced in England and Wales in 2007 it did not extend to prisons. Prison riots are predicted to ensue if the ban, expected to be introduced within the next two years, goes ahead.

POAUK reported a smoking ban due to be introduced in prisons, along with a threat to remove Sky television from some prisons, was postponed over fears of riots.

Prison officers have been advised to check if an inmate is smoking in their cell before entering, to avoid the risk of passive smoking.

It is estimated 80 percent of inmates smoke.

The Swedish High Court overturned a smoking ban in Swedish prison cells in 2011, ruling the ban was illegal.

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Can Nicotine Patches REALLY Help You Quit Smoking?

quit smoking through hypnosis in Sheffield

As a result of my work I am very interested in the factors that can affect people’s choices about how to quit smoking. I talk to many smokers at my Sheffield hypnotherapy practice about their smoking and what has or hasn’t helped them in stopping in the past. Many of those people tell me that they have called the Quitline and spoken to counsellors but this seems to help very few people.

The government has spent millions of pounds over the last 10 years to reduce the number of smokers in the country. It was claimed that advertising bans, smoking bans and huge price rises would reduce the number of smokers which in turn would reduce the burden on the NHS as fewer people would needed to be seen for smoking related issues.

So, how has it been going? In a word, bad.

Nicotine Patches Are Pointless

A report from the NHS Information Service has revealed “no significant difference” in the proportion of people smoking since the ban came in two and a half years ago. The figures presented in data from the Health Survey for England , a report from The NHS Information Centre, involved questioning almost 5,000 adults about smoking. A total of 23% of men and 21% of women said they were “current smokers” before the ban, increasing slightly to 24% of men and 21% of women afterwards.

The average number of cigarettes smoked each day also did not fall significantly, the report said. Men aged 35 to 54 smoked one-and-a-half cigarettes fewer per day on average after the ban, while men aged 55 and over smoked about three fewer. However, young men aged 16 to 34 actually smoked more cigarettes after the ban – around one-and-a-half cigarettes per day more. Such differences were not noticed among women.

What about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)? Surely that government-backed initiative has had an impact? Well, lets look at that a little closer.

How Exactly Does ‘Therapeutic Nicotine’ Help You Quit Smoking?

hypnotherapysheffieldquitsmoking.jpg  The ‘logic’ behind NRT is that if someone is addicted to the nicotine from smoking a cigarette they can be helped off the cigarettes by getting the nicotine into their system in a different way through patches, gum and the like. This thinking is akin to thinking that someone who smokes heroine can be helped off the drug by injecting it instead or that an alcoholic can be helped to stop drinking by getting alcohol intravenously.

NRT has become the government’s number one tactic to help people to stop smoking and has been for over 10 years, surely in that time there have been significant strides made in decreasing the number of smokers. Right? Well, not quite.

Read More – Nicotine Replacement Therapy offers no long term benefit in quitting smoking – The Guardian

NRT was originally presented as a way of getting off tobacco and becoming a non-smoker but recently there has been a significant shift in how NRT is seen to ‘work’. It is now presented as a ‘safer alternative’ to smoking! So instead of NRT being a short term tool to help people become tobacco and nicotine free it is now morphing into a long-term/lifelong ‘management method’. Instead of being the solution to the problem it is becoming the problem.

There is evidence that some people are becoming addicted to NRT products in place of the tobacco habit and even using NRT to get through periods of enforced abstinence like on a plane journey. NRT products are generally expensive, sometimes even more so then cigarettes, so a minority of people may become addicted to the NRT product and turn back to tobacco products to save money.

The term NRT is also inaccurate and a misnomer. Nicotine is not being “replaced”, it is being maintained and there’s nothing therapeutic about that. It should be called Nicotine Maintenance Treatment. Recent developments have simply confirmed this view.

When Have You Officially Quit Smoking?

quit smoking hypnotherapy sheffield 1The only true measure of the success of any method of quitting smoking are the long term results. As a minimum results should be based on the success rates after 12 months but the “success” rates for NRT are taken after just 4 weeks. Manufacturers say NRT is clinically proven to ‘double’ a smoker’s chances of stopping smoking. But critics point out that this is still only an improvement from three percent with no assistance at all to six percent with NRT.

A report by former NatWest bank chief Derek Wanless reveals that a smoker has to stop for only two weeks in the first four to be defined as a “quitter”. Mr Wanless says this is an unreliable test of whether a smoker has genuinely given up. He adds: ‘Given the addictive nature of tobacco, only 30 to 40 percent of smokers truly abstinent at four weeks are likely to be abstinent at one year.’

This supports the views of NRT critics, who say that nicotine patches, gums and lozenges make hundreds of million of pounds a year for drug companies but help only a tiny fraction of smokers give up.

NRT has failed.

Advertising bans have not worked and neither have smoking bans. There is evidence from Ireland that since the introduction of the smoking ban nearly three years ago, smoking levels have actually increased, The Irish Examiner newspaper reported. This was indicated by a national study of Irish health and lifestyles by the Department for Health. Surprisingly – this report has not been widely reported in the UK media or addressed by ASH or the Department of Health in the UK.

Because of these failure the government is resorting to a strategy of feeding addicts their drug on a lifelong basis and therefore perpetuating drug addiction at taxpayers’ expense. The only winner here is Big Pharma which sells NRT. The whole idea of stopping smoking is to improve the quality of life of people but this current system just gets people hooked to nicotine from a different delivery method, a method subsidised by the tax payers of this country.

Isn’t It Time To Invest In An Alternative That Has Been Proven To Work?

What about investing money into a system whereby people have a good chance of stopping smoking permanently? What about a system where there is no medication used so there are no side effects? What about a system that has already been shown to have excellent effects for some people?

This system exists already and it is called hypnotherapy. When people receive hypnotherapy for quitting smoking they can have an up to 85% chance of success.

If the government REALLY wanted to help as many people to stop smoking as possible surely they would at least investigate this potential solution to a nationwide, and worldwide, issue. If they haven’t looked at every method available you have to ask yourself why they have ignored a potentially life saving and money saving method which has no side effects at all.

If you live in Sheffield and you would like to quit smoking then hypnotherapy could be the answer you have been looking for

Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy Is Better Than Willpower

Quit Smoking With Hypnotherapy

I see many people at my hypnotherapy Sheffield practice for a wide variety of issues but a large percentage of the people I work with want to quit smoking or lose weight.

These are the kinds of things people make New Year resolutions about but all those best intentions expressed just 11 days ago that in 2010 you would stop smoking or lose weight are probably just a distant memory by now but why is that?

Of the people who make a resolution but don’t get hypnotherapy to help in achieving this goal 88% will end in failure but why is it so hard to stick to a resolution?

We frequently have desires to change things or do things differently but so often we fail to achieve them. Are we just weak willed? Are we setting our goals too high? The answer may lie in our biology.

Smoking Is All About The Brain – Hypnotherapy Is All About The Brain Too

The part of the brain that contains willpower is the pre-frontal cortex. This part of the brain is also responsible for keeping us focused, handling short-term memory and solving abstract problems. It’s hardly surprising that when we give this small area of the brain the responsibility to stop us from smoking or to resist unhealthy foods it just can’t cope. Is there a solution to this problem?

I would suggest that if you don’t give your prefrontal cortex jobs that it can’t handle then you are more likely to succeed in your goal. If you are trying to quit smoking using willpower alone then you are placing a huge burden on your prefrontal cortex. Trying to stop smoking this way uses a huge amount of energy and has a high chance of failure.

No Desire To Smoke Through Hypnosis

quitsmokinghypnotherapysheffield.jpg An alternative method of dealing with this type of problem is to move the responsibility for smoking cessation to a different part of the brain.

If you had no desire to smoke you wouldn’t need to use willpower to control that desire. Hypnotherapy tackles the root cause of the smoking habit instead of tackling the symptoms of that habit.

Once you have had a number of hypnotherapy sessions for smoking that desire to smoke can have all but gone which places much less strain on the pre-frontal cortex which gives you a better chance of successfully stopping smoking.

You can read the reviews of people I have helped to stop smoking here and I could help you too. Call for a free chat today.

If you have quit smoking, by whatever method, well done! If you would like to share your top tip please comment below.

If you would like some help to stop smoking then contact Focused Hypnosis on 0114 383 0123

The True Cost Of Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Quit Smoking Hypnotherapy SheffieldThe cost of each person stopping smoking through the NHS has increased to £219 per successful quitter compared with £173 in the same period in 2007/08 and £160 in the same period in 2006/07.

However the number of people using the service has fallen as there has been a one per cent drop in the number of people using the service. Figures from the NHS Information Centre show that £74m was spent on stop smoking services in England in 2008/9, up 21 per cent on the previous year.

£74 million Is NOT The Total Cost To The Tax Payer

The cost of £219 per successful quitter is not the final cost though. This amount of money just covers the SUPPORT people quitting smoking receive in the form of helplines, websites and clinics and support groups.

The cost of the actual nicotine replacement therapy or drugs like Champix and Zyban, are NOT INCLUDED. Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesman said: “The Government is wasting NHS resources which are vitally needed to save lives. It’s extraordinary that more money is being spent for worse outcomes.”

NRT Has A Huge Failure Rate Over A 12 Month Period

Despite this high failure rate – 94 per cent – the NHS has paid Novartis, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline around £80 million for patches and other forms of nicotine therapy since they became available on the NHS prescription four years ago, and spent a further £90 million on smoking clinics that rely heavily on NRT.

But the Wanless report says that despite all the efforts to tackle the problem, including heavy investment in NRT, the number of smokers has remained relatively stable over the past ten years, at around 27 percent of the population, and anti-smoking efforts have not been successful.

All that money spent for no real improvement. Who is benefiting from the continuation of this policy of NRT being the favoured method of stopping? NRT critics point out that nicotine patches, gums and lozenges make hundreds of million of pounds a year for drug companies but help only a tiny fraction of smokers give up.

“Double” Your Potential Success to A Whole 6%

Manufacturers say NRT is clinically proven to ‘double’ a smoker’s chances of giving up. But critics point out that this is still only an improvement from three percent with no assistance at all to six percent with NRT.

Despite this high failure rate – 94 per cent – the NHS has paid Novartis, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline around £80 million for patches and other forms of nicotine therapy since they became available on the NHS prescription four years ago, and spent a further £90 million on smoking clinics that rely heavily on NRT.

Over the next three years the Government plans to increase funding to these clinics by £138 million. Health Secretary John Reid, the Government-funded QUIT campaign and the anti-smoking lobby group ASH all defend the use of NRT as the centrepiece of all publicly funded quit-smoking programmes.

Isn’t it about time that other methods of stopping smoking were examined? Hypnotherapy has had remarkable success stories attributed to it but because hypnotherapy is a collection of methods, delivered by an individual to another individual it is very difficult to produce a double blind study showing conclusively that hypnotherapy is effective.

Despite these drawbacks there is research that shows that hypnotherapy could have an up to 85% chance of success as opposed to the 6 or 7% success given to NRT.

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