Quit Smoking

Some honest people will tell you in a slightly jocular way: “I give up smoking every day!”

Many people over an extended period attempt to finally quit smoking, but often revert back to the habit when circumstances cause their resolve to weaken.

In tough times will power just doesn’t cut it.
It’s interesting to note that a person has a separate state of mind for when they give up compared with when they start smoking again.

Some people smoke in the morning in order to “wake up”.
Others smoke during the day to “reduce stress,” or to “concentrate”.
Often people smoke at night to “relax”.

Smoking is sometimes seen as the one thing people like to do “just for themselves” in order to bring some pleasure into their lives.

Attempting to quit without finding alternatives for the subjective purposes that smoking provides can lead a person into a series of new problems.

To fully succeed, the approach needs to be holistic rather than a short-term, but temporary quick fix. A person must genuinely want to breath in fresh air for the rest of their lives.

Using the right mind control technologies, Know Your Mind will help to provide you with a permanent solution.

So, what works?

Given it is accepted that smoking effects on the body and health are extreme, it is important to give up smoking for good.

Each month, I do a lot of therapy using NLP, Emotional Intelligence, Hypnotherapy and Time Line Therapy™, and I believe you need to use all of these modalities to get a permanent result.
Whatever technique is used, a person must be motivated to finally stop smoking.

Be clear: A person must be motivated to quit!

We make sure a person wants to quit for themselves – not for their spouse or parents or work mates. Prior to the session we have them make a list of all the triggers – the causes that lead to the smoking habit each time they decide to smoke a cigarette.

Now, unmotivated smokers won’t take the time nor trouble to do this; at best they may offer a couple of triggers, but with no real commitment to this important task.

People who are not 100% commmitted are highly unlikely to succeed in permanently giving up. If this happens we won’t continue until we have a comprehensive list of every cigarette, and the triggers.
We guarantee results!

We want to know:

  • What does smoking mean to them?
  • Is quitting smoking important enough to them?
  • Is “smoking” part of their core identity and self-image?
  • Have they smoked since early age so we can separate identity from adulthood?
  • Do they need more energy to quit?
  • What are the triggers and anchors the person uses?
  • For how long have they been able to quit in the past?
  • Are they fully committed? If not, nothing will work.

The Treatment

  • A Parts Integration to overcome internal conflict.
  • Time Line Therapy™ to disconnect limiting beliefs.
  • Change the person’s values so that their health is their number one value.
  • Time Line Therapy™ to disconnect the “smoking” triggers.
  • Replace the “smoking” triggers with something else they can do instead.
  • Use hypnotherapy to set up a strong aversion to smoking.
  • Test by putting a cigarette to the lips and then use the aversion anchor repeatedly.
  • Install a strategy for the habit of the hands to replace the present action.
  • Further test: hand them a cigarette.
  • Provide a recovery strategy for backsliding.
  • Use hypnotherapy to have the nicotine wash out of body only as quickly as they can be comfortably free of smoking symptoms.
  • Future pace their new beliefs.

Decisions you make in one state of mind do not necessarily carry over to another!

We get a person to physically rehearse the decision they now will make.
This creates a new habit.
They practice facing exactly the same situations where previously they would have reached for a cigarette.
Take a look:

  • Smoke half a cigarette.
  • Stop and look at it.
  • Realise you want to quit smoking.
  • Take one drag of a new cigarette.
  • Realise you want to quit smoking.
  • Light a cigarette and be about to inhale.
  • Realise you want to quit smoking.
  • Be about to light a cigarette.…
  • Realise you want to quit smoking.
  • Be about to buy cigarettes in the supermarket.
  • Realise you want to completely quit.

This approach is continued for everything that forms part of the smoking ritual.
Before this can be done, a person has to rehearse the decision to not smoke any more.
This is basically the state of mind they will have when they have finally given up.
This will end with a strong conviction that they have quit smoking for good.

Why Hypnotherapy is helpful

Smoking is a mixture of habit and addiction.
Hypnotherapy is the ultimate in “pain free behavioural change therapy”.
Hypnotherapy is a terrific tool because it minimises withdrawal symptoms and removes the habit quickly.
No patches.
No drugs.
No keeping records.
No sweat.

Remember, nicotine invades every cell in the body.
It makes the body and its immune system terribly inefficient.
It lowers your resistance and slows down your mental powers.
People say “It helps me to relax”.
That’s rubbish.
It slows down your life support system and merely gives the illusion of creating a relaxed state.

An example of a multi-pronged approach:

  • Determine whether the person considers smoking as just a behaviour, or as part of their identity – if a person makes a statement along the lines: “Since I’m a smoker…” this indicates they believe smoking is part of their identity.
  • Look at the person’s belief system and do change work around their identity.
  • Take the person along their timeline back to when they first decided to smoke.
  • Look at re-imprinting these early beliefs.
  • Deal with the actual behaviours of smoking – establish the triggers.
  • Deal with the physical addiction – for example, suggest that “craving for nicotine” can be an indicator of how happy they are to be an non-smoker.
  • Secondary gain: Determine the role smoking plays in the person’s life.

What are the benefits to you if you stop smoking?

You will Save your Health
You will Save Money
You will Save Time

The benefits are measurable and immediate:

  • Your hair, skin and breath no longer smell.
  • Your breathing improves.
  • Your sense of taste and smell improve.
  • Your smoker’s cough starts to reduce.
  • Your lung efficiency begins its recovery.
  • You will become fitter.
  • You will feel a sense of pride for having stopped.
  • You will save money.

FYI: What is in a cigarette?

Nicotine is the most widely known chemical in tobacco smoke, but many people are amazed to discover that there are over 4,500 other chemicals produced when tobacco burns.

Many of these have incomprehensible names though some are well-known: cadmium, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia, propane, methane, methanol, nickel compounds, benzene, isoprene, hydrogen sulphide, acreolin, acetone, hydrocyanic acid, hydrogen cyanide, creosol, methyl nitrate, nitrogen oxide, DDT, pyridine, tar, formaldehyde, butadione, and, of course, nicotine. Phew!

We offer phone coaching as an alternative, practical solution if you prefer this approach.
However, one-on-one personal coaching and personal assistance is always available and recommended.


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