Apr 18, 2013

The Problem with ‘Giving Up’ Smoking – Part I

If you are a smoker, you have probably considered giving up the smoking habit. As you do, there are numerous things to consider, including:New Scientist Magazine_Picture

Do I, and can I, quit “cold turkey”?

Will I gain weight if I give up smoking?

What will I do with my hands when I get bored or nervous?

How quickly will my body clean itself of the residue from smoking for 10, 20, 50 years?

How will giving up smoking affect my relationships with my family, co-workers, and others?

Where will I find resources to help me relax, get stimulated, concentrate, find “me” time, and make my drive-time more bearable?

What about gums, patches, and prescription drugs for smoking cessation?

With many studies having been done on the efficacy of all the different non-smoking “helps”, you can find a wide variety of statistics, each claiming to be better than the next.  When my clients ask me why “the patch”, gum, willpower, even prescription drugs didn’t work for them, I tell them that each one of those are just strategies.  And, just like all the weight loss strategies available, smoking cessation strategies work for some and not for others.  Without belaboring the point, notice what New Scientist Magazine of October, 1992, says:

“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little.

Smokers are coming under increasing pressure to quit. Earlier this month the Institute of Actuaries published the results of a study it commissioned which showed that the mortality rate for smokers is twice as high as for nonsmokers, and that, on average, a smoker dies 6 years earlier than a nonsmoker. Surveys suggest that three in four smokers would like to give up, according to the antismoking campaign Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).

To find the most effective way to give up smoking, Frank Schmidt and research student Chockalingam Viswesvaran of the University of Iowa carried out a meta-analysis, statistically combining the results of more than 600 studies covering almost 72 000 people from America, Scandinavia and elsewhere.”

With hypnosis being identified by a highly reliable source as “the most effective way of giving up smoking”, then what is the problem with ‘giving up’ smoking?  I’ll give you a clue.  It’s all in the words.  I’ll get into a full discussion in the next post, The Problem with ‘Giving Up’ Smoking – Part II

Creating life in forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen