08 Apr

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. 

Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little and there's not much support for NRT either... 

Hypnosis has helped millions of people stop smoking and its helped them take back control of their lives for good. 

Even celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Joel, Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears, Friends star Courteney Cox and Charlize Theron have all used hypnosis to stop smoking. 

We have known for many years about the power of smoking cessation hypnotherapy. The anecdotal evidence was very mixed for many years and most smoking cessation services lean very heavily on using Nicotine replacement therapy. 

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is recommended for tobacco cessation on the basis of pharmaceutical industry research showing its effectiveness when combined with counseling. 

The tobacco industry opposed NRT when it first appeared in the 1980s but by 2016 was marketing its own NRT products. 

As early as the 1950s, tobacco companies developed nonsmoked nicotine replacements for cigarettes, but they stopped out of concern that marketing such products would trigger Food and Drug Administration regulation of cigarettes. 

In the 1990s, after pharmaceutical companies began selling prescription NRT, tobacco companies found that many smokers used NRT to supplement smoking rather than to quit. 

In 2009, once the Food and Drug Administration began regulating tobacco, tobacco companies restarted their plans to capture the nicotine market. 

Although the tobacco industry initially viewed NRT as a threat, it found that smokers often combined NRT with smoking rather than using it as a replacement and began marketing their own NRT products. 

The global nicotine replacement therapy market was valued at $2.7 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach $5.9 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 8.3% from 2022 to 2031. 

It's been shown that Hypnotherapy is more effective than NRT in improving smoking abstinence in patients hospitalised for a smoking-related illness. 

Multiple studies have shown hypnosis to be the most effective method for people to use to stop smoking; for good. 

Here are four scientific studies demonstrating how much more powerful hypnosis is as a treatment compared to anti-nicotine drugs, patches and gums: 

 1. Reference:University of Iowa,Journal of Applied Psychology, “How One in Five Give Up Smoking”. October 1992. (New Scientist, October 10, 1992.). A meta-analysis that combined 600 studies of 72,000 people and is one of the largest study on smoking and hypnosis ever. It stated that “hypnosis is three times more effective”. The study found that hypnosis was 3 times more effective than the patch and 15 times more than willpower. Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to this largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. 

• Reference:“Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence.”Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250. 

It’s simple and powerful conclusion: willpower just wasn’t enough to quit or maintain freedom from smoking. This study found that patients are twice as likely to quit when using hypnosis. As a matter of fact, 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, “patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to still be smoke-free than those who quit on their own.” 

•  Reference:University of Washington School of Medicine,  of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49 (3):257-66. Barber J. 

This study had an almost 91% success rate using hypnosis with smokers wishing to quit. Of 43 consecutive patients using hypnosis as the treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment).”   

• Reference:Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH. 

This study found that 81% reported they stopped smoking after hypnosis. Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment. 

It does not matter how much we are told about the dangers of smoking, this destructive behaviour continues because we are conditioned, stopping smoking can get tough and we often just don't beleive we can do it these ideas become an ingrained.  

These thoughts, feelings and behaviours are directed by your unconscious mind. 

Because we are dealing with an issue of the unconscious mind, the most effective method to stop it is with hypnosis, because hypnosis works powerfully and directly with your unconscious mind.  

At the NCCH we teach our students the support step protocol to help people to take that freedom step and say NOPE..  NOT ONE PUFF EVER with confidence.

When you are ready to become smoke free click the link below and take your first step.


How one in five have given up smoking 


Tobacco Industry Research on Nicotine Replacement Therapy: “If Anyone Is Going to Take Away Our Business It Should Be Us”

Dorie Apollonio, PhD and Stanton A. Glantz, PhD 


Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: results of a randomized controlled trial

Faysal M Hasan et al. Complement Ther Med. 2014 Feb. 


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