As a hypnotherapist and someone who cannot abide people smoking, I am always delighted when someone comes to me to stop smoking and is successful. People want to stop for different reasons eg health, fitness, smell on their clothes and hair, pressure from family and friends, save money, poor skin, yellow fingers and teeth etc. As long as someone really wants to stop for their own reasons, not because someone else wants to stop, hypnotherapy is a very successful method for stopping smoking, usually around a 95% success rate. The success starts the moment the person makes the commitment by ringing a hypnotherapist for an appointment.
Other methods such as nicotine patches and chewing gum just stop the person smoking but do not overcome the nicotine addiction. I know someone who is still chewing Nicorette gum 17 years after giving up smoking!
Acupuncture is also effective but with nowhere near a 95% success rate.
Some people do have the willpower to cut down or even stop completely but most people do not as it is a deep-rooted habit and that is why hypnosis is so helpful. It accesses the subconscious mind where habits have been formed and reprograms the mind of a smoker into becoming the mind of a non-smoker, an ex-smoker. That is why the effect is so quick and long-lasting because the mind has been reprogrammed. Some people may lapse in situations where they always smoked or when experiencing a new stressful situation but often they will have a back-up CD from their hypnotherapist to top up their willpower as it were.
Antonia Stuart-James is an English hypnotherapist in Belgium helping people to make positive change, overcome unwanted habits and relieve stress-related health problems. For more information, visit http://www.livinghealthtoday.com