Smoking is considered both a habit and an addiction. The good news is that if you can go for three days without a cigarette you have beaten the addiction to nicotine. The nicotine takes approximately seventy two hours to leave your body no matter how long you have been smoking or how many cigarettes per day you usually smoke. The bad news is that after those three days you are no longer an addict, you have a habit and a habit typically takes more work and more time to clear your mind than nicotine does to leave your system. What that means is that for the vast majority of smokers some other work will have to be done. 24% of the general population can stop after one hypnosis session and are likely to be the ones who would have been able to stop smoking cold turkey anyway. For the rest of you, the smoking habit and all the emotional components that go along with a habit must be explored and worked through. Hypnosis is still considered the single best way to stop smoking with the highest rates of success in comparison to other methods such as the patch, prescription medication, nicotine gums, and inhalers. Up to 85% of the smoking population can successfully stop smoking after4- 5 hypnotherapy sessions using a combination of techniques that include NLP, Parts Therapy, positive suggestions, aversion therapy and regression work. Here are some suggestions to help you on your journey towards becoming a permanent non-smoker:
1. Stop using the word “quit”! No one wants to be a quitter and subconsciously we have resistance to quitting anything. Change to stop smoking, cease, end etc. These words have more positive connotations for us subconsciously.
2. Every time you buy a pack of cigarettes, change brands completely, for example go from Du Maurier to Craven “A” etc.
3. As soon as you open the pack of cigarettes, cut them all in half. Some people prefer to limit the number of puffs they take to three or four then throw the rest of the cigarette away, however this can be a more difficult choice for some.
4. Replace cigarettes with fruit, preferably oranges, but any fruit will do. Great for vitamins and fibre, helping you detoxify the tar and nicotine from your body while keeping your hands and mouth busy with something other than a cigarette.
5. Change all your associations such as if you always have coffee with a cigarette, try switching to tea etc.
6. Change the times you usually smoke by waiting an extra 15 minutes to see if you can distract yourself.
7. Use a deep breathing technique to overcome cravings. Belly breathing is a good one: inhale through the nose to the count of five, hold it for a second then exhale through the mouth to the count of five, repeat at least five times, more if necessary.
8. Write a list of all the benefits you will gain by stopping smoking, such as fresh breath, better sense of taste and smell, more money to spend on clothes, vacations, new car etc. Look at this list at least once a day and add to it when you feel inspired to.
9. Take the money you would normally spend on cigarettes and put it into a separate account or jar at home. Reward yourself with your savings!
10. Consider taking some stress and/or anger management training, meditation classes, yoga etc. to help you deal with nervous tension, any mood swings or other issues that may arise as you transition into your new healthier lifestyle!
Good luck with your journey, you can do it!

Author's Bio: 

Alison L. Longley is a Master of Clinical Hypnotherapy, certified practitioner of NLP, PSYCH-K, Heart Resonance energy work and HypnoBirthing prenatal education. She is the owner/operator of Breakthrough Wellness Centre in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. For more information, please visit her website at: