For decades people been trying to quit smoking, there’re whole industries built around the stop smoking niche because of the dangers of tobacco smoke. Unfortunately most of these different methods have a pretty high failure rate from 3% to 10% and sometimes 30%,. Altogether the quit smoking success rate is a dismal failure.
One of the first ways that a health professional will try to help clients quit smoking is called nicotine replacement therapy. This is where your addiction to nicotine is replaced by either gum, patches, inhalers, lozenges, or E cigarettes all containing nicotine, the addictive drug in cigarettes. While many of these methods can help reduce the reliance on cigarettes for person’s nicotine fix, they really haven’t reduced the dependency on the nicotine itself.
Other popular methods include using hypnosis, a type of self hypnosis called EFT, or acupuncture, to help break the psychological addictions involved with smoking. There tends to be quite a few different addictions involved in smoking cigarettes, starting with holding the cigarette in your hand, lighting it, doing the actual inhalation of the smoke, then blowing the cute little rings out into the air, all these things are addictions in addition to the nicotine. It is possible to add these types of therapy to other methods in order to increase the odds of quitting smoking, but alone the science shows that they have very little effect in helping people quit.
Then there is weekly educational programs that include positive motivation and ongoing support counseling to help those who are really serious in their addictions. These types of ongoing support groups and therapy do have some of the better success rates, but it is still best to combine several different types of programs together in order to have the optimal effect and the best chance of success. In other words, use the gum to hold back the nicotine addiction, then use hypnosis to help you curb your habit addictions involving the process of smoking, then add to that ongoing educational and motivational support and you should have the best chances for success. A strong desire to quit would be an important factor in using anyone of the above methods.