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Smoking cessation therapy is proven to be the most successful way to give up your smoking habit. It only takes one 75 minute Clinical Hypnotherapy session to break your smoking habit. Andy is listed on the national register for smoking cessation therapists. It goes without saying that smoking is bad for your health, in fact, it's deadly.

It's never too late to give-up the smoking habit, and live a more healthy and full life. You can achieve long-lasting and permanent results using the latest Clinical Hypnotherapy techniques.

what do the statistics tell us?

The good news is that we learned that Clinical Hypnosis can be highly effective for smoking cessation. Research shows that when done correctly the success rate is slightly above 76%. Compare that to the success rates of trying to quit on your own, 5%, and using nicotine replacement products, 25%. Clinical Hypnosis is the best option available. In fact, there is no other method supported by research that even comes close. Andy's helped over 800 people quit smoking.

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here are some key points about clinical hypnotherapy that you may find of interest:

  • Hypnosis is not a power-and-control relationship where the therapist takes control over the patient. It is actually a cooperative, collaborative relationship that can only happen with the patient's consent.
  • Hypnosis is not the same as sleep. Patients are fully aware of what is going on.
  • Patients do not subjugate their will under hypnosis.
  • Patients do only those things in hypnosis that they would do outside of hypnosis.
  • All individuals can be hypnotised whether you believe it or not.

The research tells us that to increase the success rate of stop-smoking programs, the therapist should combine hypnosis with other behavioural therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). It's important to remember that you must take an active part in wanting to be a non-smoker. This therapy can help you help yourself, and shouldn't be viewed as a quick fix, and something that will be done for you.

Andy's experience in helping people stop smoking spans over 2 decades, so you can be confident in his knowledge and expertise to help you help yourself.

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everything to gain:

Rates of smoking, especially in younger people, are falling - with increasing numbers switching to vaping or giving up altogether. This is great news, given that smoking contributes to heart disease, stroke, impotence and causes seven out of every 10 causes of lung cancer (as well as many other types).

Studies have shown that every cigarette puffed shortens your life by around 10 minutes. In other words, the time it takes you to smoke a cigarette is equal to the time it takes off your life. Add that up over a life time and you'll be heading to an earlier grave. Stopping smoking has rapid benefits. After 48 hours, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and the lungs start to clear. After two to 12 weeks, your circulation improves. And after 15 years, your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

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stop smoking without putting on weight:

You may be worried about piling on the pounds when you stop smoking, but there are steps you can take to keep weight gain to a minimum. Most people do not gain weight when they stop smoking - this information may help you understand why that can happen.

how you can avoid putting on weight when you quit:

> Keep your metabolism high by taking regular exercise. Try walking rather than getting the bus or using a lift, start a gym class, or ask your local sports centre about the activities they offer.
> Combat hunger pangs by keeping a stash of healthy treats to hand. Nuts, fresh fruit and veg sticks are ideal.
> Eat smaller portions of food until your metabolism has stabilised. It takes 20 minutes for you to feel full after eating, so take a break (go for a walk) after your main meal and see if you still feel hungry in half an hour. If so, dip into your healthy treats.
> Just because food tastes better, it does not mean you need to eat more of it. Chew your food slowly and enjoy each mouthful.

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stopping smoking is good for your mental health:

We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. But it's also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing: it can improve mood and help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Most smokers say they want to stop, but some continue because smoking seems to relieve stress and anxiety. It's a common belief that smoking helps you relax. But smoking actually increases anxiety and tension. Smokers are also more likely than non-smokers to develop depression over time.

stopping smoking can be as effective as antidepressants: People with mental health problems are likely to feel much calmer and more positive, and have a better quality of life, after giving up smoking. Evidence suggests the beneficial effect of stopping smoking on symptoms of anxiety and depression can equal that of taking antidepressants.

smokers with mental health problems:

People with mental health problems, including anxiety, depression or schizophrenia:

> are much more likely to smoke than the general population
> tend to smoke more heavily
> die on average 10 to 20 years earlier than those who don't experience mental health problems - smoking plays a major role in this difference in life expectancy
> need higher doses of some antipsychotic medicines and antidepressants because smoking interferes with the way these medicines work

The idea that people smoke cigarettes to help ease the signs and symptoms of stress is known as 'self-medication'. Stress is very common, affecting us when we feel unable to cope with unwelcome pressure. It can cause physical symptoms like headaches or breathlessness as well as making people feel irritable, anxious or low. These feelings can alter our behaviour and feeling stressed often makes people drink alcohol or smoke more than usual. Long term stress is also related to anxiety and depression.

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