Smoking Cessation

Congratulations on your decision to take control of your life!!

Hypnosis  is a proven, reliable therapy for smoking cessation. In a 2007 study (see below) at North Shore Medical Center in Massachusetts, hypnosis was found to be far more effective than nicotine replacement therapy in stopping smoking. The reason for this is simple. Hypnosis enables you to harness the power of your subconscious mind, the part of your mind that makes you do what you do.

How many hypnosis sessions are required for a person to become completely free from the cigarette habit depends to a large degree on the way the hypnotist was trained. A few exceptionally well-trained hypnotists can easily help the client achieve his goal in just one or two sessions. We are those hypnotists.

We will include in the stop smoking session powerful suggestions to eliminate the desire to overeat or the increased desire for the flavor of sweets. Using this technique, many people who are a little overweight going into the session will have a tendency to shed those excess pounds after the hypnosis session is completed.

If you truly desire to stop smoking, hypnosis can give you the greatest chance of becoming a healthy non-smoker tomorrow.

“I was one of those people who didn’t know what to think about hypnosis, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  I was ready to stop smoking and thought if it didn’t work at least I tried.  I am now a non-smoker for over 30 days.  I had no problem giving up cigarettes.  I never had an urge or even a thought of going back to that way of life.  It was easy.  I’m not sure how and why, but hypnosis works and I have been recommending it to everyone I know.  It only took a hour to break a habit that I no longer have to live with.  Thanks Don!”

-Stacy S.  New Freedom, PA

October 2007 press release from American College of Chest Physicians

Cardiac Patients More Motivated to Quit Smoking
than Patients with Respiratory Disease

(Chicago, IL, October 22, 2007)—Hospitalized patients who smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smoking cessation methods. A new study presented at CHEST 2007, the 73rd annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at 6 months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) alone or patients who quit “cold turkey”. The study also shows that patients admitted to the hospital with a cardiac diagnosis are three times more likely to quit smoking at 6 months than patients admitted with a pulmonary diagnosis.

“Our results showed that hypnotherapy resulted in higher quit rates compared with NRT alone,” said Faysal Hasan, MD, FCCP, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA. “Hypnotherapy appears to be quite effective and a good modality to incorporate into a smoking cessation program after hospital discharge.”

Dr. Hasan and colleagues from North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital compared the quit rates of 67 smoking patients hospitalized with a cardiopulmonary diagnosis. All patients were approached about smoking cessation and all included in the study were patients who expressed a desire to quit smoking. At discharge, patients were divided into four groups based on their preferred method of smoking cessation treatment: hypnotherapy (n=14), NRT (n=19), NRT and hypnotherapy (n=18), and a group of controls who preferred to quit “cold turkey” (n=16). All patients received self-help brochures. The control group received brief counseling, but other groups received intensive counseling, free supply of NRT and/or a free hypnotherapy session within 7 days of discharge, as well as follow up telephone calls at 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 26 weeks after discharge. Patients receiving hypnotherapy also were taught to do self-hypnosis and were given tapes to play at the end of the session.

At 26 weeks after discharge, 50 percent of patients treated with hypnotherapy alone were nonsmokers, compared with 50 percent in the NRT/hypnotherapy group, 25 percent in the control group, and 15.78 percent in the NRT group.

Patients admitted with a cardiac diagnosis were more likely to quit smoking at 26 weeks (45.5 percent) than patients admitted with a pulmonary diagnosis (15.63 percent). “Patients admitted with coronary symptoms may have experienced ‘fear and doom’ and decided to alter a major health risk to their disease when approached about smoking cessation,” said Dr. Hasan. “In contrast, pulmonary patients admitted for another exacerbation may not have felt the same threat. They likely felt they can live for another day and continue the smoking habit.”


For more information or to schedule an appointment to become a non-smoker, call Augusta Family Hypnosis today at 706-284-3370 today!