The Struggle to Quit Smoking: Understanding the Difficulties and the Power of Hypnotherapy

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One of the reasons why I believe I have such an excellent success rates with helping people to stop vaping with hypnosis is because I struggled so long myself to become free from the smoking habit. That said, I never actually vaped. I smoked cigarettes from the age of 9 to the age of 47 and then stopped smoking using hypnotherapy.

When I first started specialising in helping smokers stop smoking with hypnosis, I didn’t draw any distinction between the smoking habit and the vaping habit and didn’t treat them any differently in the treatment process. However, having helped a countless amount of vapers to quit vaping with hypnosis I’m now gleaning a difference with the habit.

And honestly, I think it’s even worse than the smoking habit.

The problem I’ve found through my clients is that they’ve made the switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping in the belief that they can reduce their nicotine levels and gradually come off nicotine altogether. Of course many of them also use other nicotine replacement therapies such as:

. nicotine patches

. nicotine gum

but generally people start vaping in the belief it will be easier to control their level of nicotine. People also have this idea that vaping is less damaging for their health then smoking cigarettes.

However, what has been happening, at least to the hundreds of clients I’ve seen is that they are vaping way more than they ever smoked. People who have come to me to stop vaping have found themselves vaping all day long, even waking up at night to vape – something that they never did while they smoked cigarettes.

Despite the well-known health risks associated with smoking, stopping smoking with will power alone seems for most people insurmountable. Even during my stop vaping with hypnotherapy sessions when I ask my clients not to vape or in some cases not to smoke on the morning that i see them, many struggle with the thought. Many smokers and vapers are convinced the impact of withdraw is so strong that they can’t do it, but the truth is, it’s our imagination and belief in its hold over us that makes the nicotine addiction so powerful.

Below are some of the reasons why people struggle to quit vaping and smoking.

The Struggle to Quit Smoking:

1. Nicotine Addiction: Nicotine, a highly addictive substance found in cigarettes, hooks users physically and mentally. through certain chemical that change the users mood. People get hooked on the action of having their mood changed and often rely on it to deal with stress or frustration. The withdrawal symptoms experienced when trying to quit can feel intense, cause irritability, anxiety, and cravings and make stopping challenging.

2. Behavioral Associations: Smoking becomes ingrained in daily routines and activities, creating strong associations between certain situations, emotions, and the act of smoking. Breaking these associations can be difficult, as individuals may feel a sense of loss or struggle to find alternative coping mechanisms.

3. Social Pressure: Smoking is often perceived as a social activity, making it challenging for individuals to quit when surrounded by friends or family members who continue to smoke. Peer influence and social norms can act as barriers to quitting, leading to feelings of isolation or the fear of missing out.

In an attempt to find a less harmful alternative, many smokers turn to vaping. However, research has shown that vaping may not be as effective in reducing nicotine intake as initially believed. In fact, some individuals end up inhaling even more nicotine through vaping, exacerbating their addiction. The lack of regulation and misleading marketing tactics surrounding vaping products can further contribute to this misconception.

Harnessing the Power of Hypnotherapy:

Hypnotherapy is now being recognised as a highly effective tool in the journey to quit vaping. With the power of suggestion and subconscious reprogramming, hypnosis can address the underlying psychological factors that contribute to smoking addiction, making the process of quitting easier and more successful.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation:

1. Breaking the Nicotine Addiction: Hypnotherapy can help individuals overcome their physical dependence on nicotine by rewiring the subconscious mind to reduce cravings and eliminate the desire to smoke. You will also learn tools that quickly and effectively change your mood without using nicotine.

2. Replacing Negative Associations: Through hypnosis, individuals can create new positive associations with quitting smoking, replacing the old associations with healthier habits and coping mechanisms. Many of the clients who come to me see their session to quit smoking as being the beginning of all kinds of positive changes in their lives.

3. Strengthening Willpower: Hypnotherapy can enhance willpower and motivation, empowering individuals to overcome the challenges and temptations associated with quitting smoking.

4. Addressing Emotional Triggers: Hypnosis can help individuals identify and address the emotional triggers that lead to smoking, allowing for healthier ways of managing stress, anxiety, and other emotions.


Quitting smoking is undoubtedly a difficult endeavor, but when you quit smoking with hypnotherapy it becomes so much easier – dare i say it? even joyful.

While vaping may seem like a viable alternative, to smoking, a healthier alternative, it often proves ineffective in reducing nicotine intake and as already suggested leads to depending on more. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, offers a powerful solution by addressing the root causes of smoking addiction and empowering individuals to break free from the grip of nicotine.

If you are ready to quit smoking and reclaim control over your life, don’t delay in reclaiming your freedom and book an appointment with me today to talk about when you’re going to free yourself.