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Hypnosis May Be More Effective Than Behavioral Therapy to Quit Smoking

Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola

In the ever-relentless pursuit of a quick and easy way to stop smoking, a new study shows that hypnosis may be the answer to future quitters’ prayers. As reported by Hindustantimes, it took just one session of face-to-face hypnosis for nearly half the people seeking it to quit smoking. Twenty-three percent were able to give up the habit completely, and remained smoke-free two years later. The Stanford doctors who did the study are creating an app that can make self-hypnosis accessible to those who want to quit on their own.

About 50 years ago, nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked; in 2015 that number had dropped to 15 percent, so you can see that, slowly, the habit is losing its appeal. If you’re still smoking and wanting to give it up, the good news is research shows that it’s never too late to quit. From the first day you stop, onward, the benefits accumulate, beginning with reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

Unfortunately, while the number of people smoking traditional cigarettes is steadily dropping, the number of teens using smokeless electronic cigarettes, also known as vaping, is steadily rising — but that is another whole issue in itself. I can only encourage you not to consider vaping as an alternative to conventional cigarettes.

Rather, if you smoke and want to quit, make up your mind to just stop. I know that sounds easier than it is. But a good incentive is to you remember that your body’s amazing ability to heal will help undo the damage done by nicotine, smoke and the hundreds of chemicals included in tobacco during the manufacture of cigarettes.

As you begin to feel better, your cravings will lessen. But to get you to that point, I believe that first you need to get yourself healthy by exercise, eating right and getting plenty of quality sleep. You can read more about this in my article, “The Vaping Epidemic Is Getting Out of Hand,” but in short, a comprehensive nutrition plan and a well-rounded exercise regimen is key, along with finding a healthy emotional outlet to substitute for the cigarette you used to use for that purpose.

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