Stopping smoking? How hypnotherapy can be a breath of fresh air

With the Stoptober campaign underway across the UK, Edinburgh hynotherapist Susan Watson explains how hypnotherapy can help people kick the habit for good

Recent figures suggest tobacco is still killing around 7 million people every year. Despite nearly 100,000 people in the UK dying from smoking related illnesses annually, one in five adults are still regular smokers.

If you’re one of them, did you know that hypnotherapy may be able to help you to quit?

Stopping smoking is a big challenge for a person to face alone and trying to stop using just willpower has a high rate of failure. But there are other effective solutions available and hypnotherapy – it has been proven – is one of them.


When it comes to stopping smoking, it’s important you know that you really want to stop and are sure you are making the decision for yourself.  If you decide that you want to stop smoking and are committed to the decision, it’s more likely you’ll succeed and become a non-smoker for life.

A great number of people find hypnotherapy for smoking very effective and in many cases can become a non-smoker after a single session. The method works to change the negative behaviours and habits associated with smoking, such as smoking to relieve stress and anxiety. It’s these negative thoughts and behaviours that often prevent people from successfully giving up.

As a  hypnotherapist I will support my clients and guide them through the motions, to make sure they will no longer feel alone in trying to stop smoking.

When considering hypnosis to stop smoking, the first thing to do is to make sure you are ready and are choosing to stop for yourself. I always ask clients not to smoke at all on the day of their appointment as this is a test of their own determination to stop.

When I work with clients, I start by helping them clear out any underlying emotions or beliefs which contribute to them continuing to smoke. I then guide them into a comfortable and relaxed state, where their mind is open to suggestion. At this point I share  new options and choices to help them move on as a non-smoker.


At every stop smoking session I also share self-help tools on how to reduce and eliminate cravings, along with take-home recordings and videos. This way, the control is back with the client and they have the confidence to continue the changes they have made.

Many people find hypnotherapy is enough to break the habit, while others prefer to combine the treatment with nicotine replacement therapy or medication.  As everyone is different, no one thing works for everyone and by exploring all options, it should be possible to find a suitable treatment. The best thing is to speak to other people who have stopped smoking.  You can also discuss your options with your doctor who can  also help you understand what may be the best solution for you.

It is important to remember that hypnotherapy for smoking is not a quick fix. While for some people, one session is enough to quit smoking, others may benefit from further follow up sessions.

Susan Watson runs Perfect Solutions Coaching and is based in Kirkliston.




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