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Had enough of this? 
Stoptober: the perfect opportunity to clear your lungs, boost your health and increase your resistance to a variety of diseases, not least respiratory infections. 
 
The British Lung Foundation states that, once smoke-free for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to remain a non-smoker for life. This is the main rationale behind the Stoptober challenge. The benefits of the Stoptober campaign also include the wealth of support available and the sense of belonging to a group of people determined to make some positive changes. 
 
There are many, many benefits to stopping smoking and include rapid improvements to blood pressure and oxygen levels in the blood, increased energy, clearer skin, and significantly reduced risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer. Some of these benefits are immediate. 
 
Tips to make it much easier to stop smoking permanently 
1. Find an emotional reason to stop smoking for good 
2. Put a visual reminder of this emotional reason somewhere you’ll see it every day 
3. Never think of it as ‘giving up’ cigarettes; rather, you are gaining something. What is it you are gaining by stopping smoking? Make a list 
4. Think back to past successes. How did you achieve them? What resources and tools do you have from then that you can use to stop smoking? 
5. Enlist the support of a trusted friend or partner. If you can stop smoking together, then even better 
6. Change your routines around; if you had a cigarette with coffee in the kitchen in the morning, switch to tea or take your coffee in a different room (notice I used past tense there? See my next point) 
7. Change your self-talk to reflect your new identity as a non-smoker (instead of ‘I smoke’, tell yourself ‘I used to smoke’; instead of ‘I find it difficult to quit’, try ‘it’s getting easier every day to stop doing that to myself’ 
8. Contact an experienced hypnotherapist 
 
Studies have shown that hypnosis is one of the very best ways to become a non-smoker. 
 
Both New Scientist Magazine (1992) and Science Daily (2007) cite research demonstrating that hypnosis is the most effective method of smoking cessation, significantly ahead of nicotine replacement patches and gum. There are a number of other studies available, too, showing that hypnotherapy works if you really want to stop smoking. 
 
How does it work? 
Smoking is a habit, and habits are run on a subconscious level. Since hypnotherapy works directly with the subconscious mind, we can interrupt those habit patterns and use motivating visualisations - much more readily accepted in a comfortable, receptive hypnotic state - to replace the old habits with much healthier new ones. 
 
Hypnotherapy is also excellent for reducing stress and anxiety – often two of the main things holding the smoking habit up – and for working through inner conflict (you know, the part of you that wants to stop smoking and the part of you that has kept the habit going). 
 
It makes sense, if you think about it.  
There is more information on my smoking cessation page. 
Contact me if you would like to stop smoking this October (or indeed, at any time!).  
 
Here's to gaining health, freedom, peace of mind! 
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