#4: Smoking Cessation

One of the best known uses for Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis is smoking. Nicotine addiction is an incredibly hard addiction to overcome without help, and that's why so many doctors recommend Hypnosis as a tool for giving up tobacco.

There are many ways to use Self-Hypnosis to quit, but they all aim to change the habit.

As you're no doubt noticing, Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis are tools used to change habits, and smoking is just another habit you can tackle when you learn how to self-hypnotize.

Some of the methods for quitting smoking with Self-Hypnosis include:

  • Decreasing the desire to smoke through aversion (feeling repulsed by the thought of smoking)
  • Increasing awareness of the negative health effects of smoking (making it easier to say no)
  • And using post-hypnotic suggestions to make cigarettes actually taste terrible (taking the pleasure out of smoking).

But is it effective?

The University of Washington School of Medicine reports a 90.6% success rate from a double-blind clinical trial of 122 female smokers.

The University of Iowa published their findings in the Journal of Applied Psychology, that Smoking Cessation through Hypnosis is three times as effective as nicotine replacement (the patch) and 15 times more effective than willpower alone.

And a study of 71 smokers showed that two years later, the ons who quit with Hypnosis were twice as likely to stay quit. Those who had used other methods to quit were more likely to relapse and start smoking again than those treated with Hypnosis.

This goes to show just how powerful Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis are at altering habits and behavior. Even a habit as difficult to break as smoking can be overcome using the power of subconscious suggestion through Hypnosis.

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