Trying to quit smoking? Here’s how self-hypnosis could help | The Leader

“The best cure for one’s bad tendencies is to see them in action in another person.”

― Alain de Botton

TV hypnotherapist Aaron Calvert explains how hypnosis could help get you in the right mindset, along with tips to keep you on track…

Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit for good if they use a combination of stop smoking treatments and support from a medical professional, rather than attempting to go ‘cold turkey’.

The NHS Smokefree website ( has lots of information about local Stop Smoking Services and treatments, which can include group support, nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, and even hypnotherapy.

Doctor-turned-TV hypnotherapist Aaron Calvert has teamed up with Change Incorporated to help smokers get into the right mindset to quit, through self-hypnosis, mindfulness and guided breathing exercises. Studies show, he points out, that if you can stay smoke-free for seven days, you’re much more likely to be able to quit for good.

“People who’ve made the decision to quit smoking cigarettes should feel incredibly proud of themselves, and the first thing for them to realise is that they’re not alone,” says Calvert. “There are loads of people all around the world planning quit attempts right now, and I hope the tips and tricks I share make it as easy as possible for people to get through those first seven days as non-smokers.”

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