Jackie Thomson

Helping you embrace positive change

Hypnotherapy to Stop Smoking

There are many reasons people want to give up smoking. The life expectancy of a smoker in the UK is around 10 years less than a non-smoker, and one in two smokers die prematurely from smoking-related diseases. Many don’t live past the age of 70.

But did you know, smoking is a habit rather than addiction? If it were an addiction, a smoker would need to constantly increase their intake, as do heroin or alcohol addicts, but most smokers smoke a fairly consistent number per day.  That’s good news, right?

It’s not just good for your health, it’s good for your pocket too. If you smoke just 20 a day, around £12 of your hard-earned money is going up in smoke – every day! That’s £4,380 a year. Over 10 years you’ll have not spent £43,800. Just think for a moment about what you could do with that money instead.

The main reason for quitting, though, has to be for your health. Apart from significantly increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke leading to early death, smoking is the primary cause of many cancers, most notably in the lungs, mouth and throat. And smoking is not discriminatory. Any one of those things could happen to you if you smoke. Then there’s all the other effects, like the smell of stale smoke on your clothes or in your home, and the unpleasant smell on your breath, to say nothing of the bad taste in your mouth.

But let’s focus on the benefits of quitting. The good news is that giving up smoking before you have that heart attack or stroke can normalise all of the risks associated with smoking, given time. Once you’ve been smoke-free for 20 years your risks are reduced to the same level as those of a non-smoker.

It takes a mere 20 minutes for your blood pressure, pulse and the temperature of your hands and feet return to normal. After eight hours, the nicotine level in your bloodstream falls by some 94% to just 6%. After 12 hours, the oxygen and carbon monoxide levels in your blood normalise.

After 48 hours, your sense of smell and taste begin to return to normal. Any anger or irritability will start to fade away, damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and, even more importantly, your chances of heart attack begin to decrease.

After just 72 hours, that’s only three days, your body will test 100% nicotine-free and all the chemicals it breaks down into have been excreted in the urine. Any symptoms of chemical withdrawal, such as restlessness, will have peaked, as will the cravings for most people. Breathing becomes easier as the lungs begin to function better.

At 10 days, the average ex-smoker will only have maybe two short craving episodes per day, and by two to four weeks any chemical withdrawal symptoms should have ended and blood circulation in the gums and teeth are back to normal.

Between two weeks and three months, the circulation improves, heart attack risk continues to fall and lung function increases by around 30%. Insulin resistance will normalise at around 8 weeks, despite average weight gain related to quitting.

From three to nine months, circulation improves substantially, shortness of breath decreases and activity becomes easier. Any chronic cough should have eased and smoking-related sinus congestion decreased. Energy levels have increased.

By one year, the risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker. 

In five to 15 years, the risk of stroke decreases to that of a non-smoker. At around 10 years, the risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30-50% of that of a continuing smoker. And the risk of developing diabetes is now similar to that of someone who has never smoked.

At around 13 years, the risk of smoking-induced tooth loss has decreased to that of someone who has never smoked, and at around 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease and the risk of pancreatic cancer are now that of a person who has never smoked.

Remember, smoking is not an addiction. You are not addicted to nicotine, it’s just a habit. And habits can be changed. You can change a habit which is extremely dangerous to your health, is financially draining and is unpleasant for the people around you. And you can save your life. You really can.  

So what happens in hypnotherapy to stop smoking?

For some people, willpower is just not enough. You may have tried and failed to give up again and again. If you’re really determined and motivated to give up smoking now, one longer hypnotherapy session may be enough.  We will discuss how you’d like to tackle stopping smoking then make a plan together. The sessions are calm, non-invasive, boost your resilience and help you to really quit smoking and adopt new patterns of behaviour. So you can move forward and enjoy your life smoke free.

Find out how Hypnotherapy and Coaching with Jackie Thomson can help you give up smoking: