The tobacco industry has been encouraging smokers to use e cigarettes as an aid in quitting smoking. Unfortunately, For those who want to quit smoking e cigarettes are useless. A recent study, published in the journal Cancer, shows that e cigarettes did not help cancer patients stop smoking. This is a significant concern, because cancer patients who continue to smoke after their diagnosis frequently experience complications, disease recurrence, lessened quality of life, and higher death rates.
As a hypnotherapist, this comes as no surprise to me. Nicotine replacement therapies in general have proven to be minimally effective. Research shows that the success rate for nicotine gum is around 10%. Successful participants in the nicotine gum research also had 26 half-hour weekly counseling sessions. This illustrates that is not only a physical dependence on nicotine that keeps people smoking.
Most of the reasons my clients give me for resisting their own efforts to quit smoking have nothing to do with nicotine. For example, for some of them, the only time they think they can get away to have a few moments to themselves is when they smoke. That is not about nicotine. A few married couples who came to me for a quit smoking program told me that their signal to sit down and have a quiet, meaningful conversation was to light a cigarette. That is not about the nicotine. I simply taught those couples to use another signal. They had never considered doing that, because it was only during their quit smoking hypnotherapy program that they realized that they were using smoke signals to start those intimate conversations.
Scientific research demonstrates that hypnotherapy combined with neurolinguistic programming can be up to 95% effective in helping people quit smoking. That is largely due to the fact that hypnotherapy and NLP can address the habits and emotions that unconsciously block efforts to quit smoking. Many of my blog posts and YouTube videos demonstrate just how hypnotherapy can release those habits and emotional attachments to smoking. Here’s one of my favorite examples: One Question Stops Her Smoking
* (Cancer. 2014;120:3527-3535)