Non-Smoker With HypnosisGreg Thompson
Smoker to Non-Smoker With Hypnosis
When tobacco was discovered in the Americas and first introduced to Europeans, it was marketed as a health product. It was thought that the fire and smoke eliminated the disease. Tobacco was the perfect product, cheap to produce, transport and there was no spoilage. With the rise of movies and television, tobacco marketers learned to associate smoking with beautiful, rich and sophisticated people. Thus the identification smoker was born. People wanted to be like their heroes and heroines and began to model their behaviour. Essentially, it is now understood that smoking is a dangerously unhealthy and expensive habit. Yet, identification smokers remain. There is another type of smoker. The replacement smoker uses smoking as a substitute for a void in his or her life. Perhaps in the place of food, sexual gratification, love, friendship, etc. Hypnosis is an excellent tool for moving the client from smoker to non-smoker. Different techniques exist for each of these two categories of a smoker.
Identification smoking is the most common and generally begins at an early age. Even after the person no longer identifies with the individual or group, the habit remains. As with any habit, it takes time to recondition the unconscious mind to make the change. One technique that has been successfully employed by hypnotist is to determine the smokers comfort range. For example, if a person is comfortable smoking 18 cigarettes a day, the hypnotherapist puts him on a program of smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 7 days with the hypnotic suggestion that he or she will be more aware than ever before of the taste in his or her mouth. The second week the client is told to break ten cigarettes in half and smoke each half increasing the heat up to 140 degrees. The next week the client is told to change the brand of cigarettes to a cheaper one and smoke 5 a day. On the last day of the week, a post-hypnotic suggestion is given that the subject is now an ex-smoker.
The replacement smokers enjoy the feel of the cigarette in their hands, the business of lighting the cigarette and the sight of the smoke rising in the air. Generally, the strategy for the replacement smoker is to replace this habit with one that is more gratifying. Ronald Regan famously quit smoking by replacing the habit with eating jelly beans. Other replacements that have worked or vaping, drinking water, inhaling aromatherapy, etc. Often an empowering activity such as lifting weights, running, bicycling or swimming is introduced. The hypnotherapist should specifically tailor this substitution to something that captures the active imagination of the client.
The strategies suggested are in no way the only ones that will produce positive results. However, simply by being aware of whether you are an identification are replacement smoker can allow you to utilize a strategy that works best for you in your journey from smoker to non-smoker.