Next month the NHS yet again launches its Stopober campaign – aimed at getting people not to smoke for 28 days and thereby increasing the chances of them giving up the habit.
A regular annual event, the NHS Stoptober campaign draws widespread attention and celebrity support with 215,000 people signing up to last year’s campaign.
The campaign claims that if someone stops smoking for 28 days, they are five times more likely to give up for good. But clinical hypnotherapy can claim an even higher success rate and helping people to quit the habit is one hypnotherapy’s success stories.
Clinical hypnotherapists on the National Council for Hypnotherapy’s directory are all highly-trained, insured and qualified. Most of them, too, are registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
The CNHC states that many individuals use hypnotherapy to provide extra help when giving up smoking and the CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary therapists set up with government funding and support.
Unlike e-cigarettes and nicotine patches which are often used to wean people off smoking cigarettes, clinical hypnotherapy does not use lower levels of nicotine or any other drugs and it is a non-invasive treatment which can be successful with just one session.
Says the NCH: “Smoking is a problem behaviour or an unwanted habit. We have evolved to survive and thrive so our subconscious is always creating mechanisms that support this.
“However, sometimes things get distorted and what the subconscious thinks is a protection mechanism becomes an unwanted habit that causes upset rather than allowing survival.
“The reason why hypnotherapy works so rapidly with bad habits and behaviours is because it works directly with your subconscious, bypassing the critical mind and getting to the root of the issue so that changes can be made that support your goals quickly and efficiently.”
Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, says: “Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. Coronary Heart Disease is the UK’s single biggest killer and by giving up smoking you’ll be dramatically reducing your chances of having a potentially deadly heart attack or stroke.”
And the latest official figures show rates across England have fallen dramatically since the mid eighties, from a third of the population in 1985 to less than a fifth now (17%), meaning there are 37% fewer smokers than 30 years ago, says Public Health England (PHE).
So now, more than ever, could be time to give up smoking. Contact your nearest NCH-registered therapist by clicking here and start your journey to a healthier tomorrow.