Will Hypnosis to Quit Smoking Work?

Quitting a smoking habit can be intensely challenging for some. Many attempt to quit and then fall back into the dangerous habit. Because those who attempt to quit are often so determined to fight the addiction, they are often willing to try a bevy of ideas. This is a great way to approach the task as what may work wonderfully for one, may not work at all for another. Some methods people try, but are certainly not limited to are:

  • Nicotine Patches
  • Nicotine Gum
  • Counseling
  • Prescription Medications
  • Behavior Modification Techniques
  • Hypnosis

If you have tried all that medical and mental health sciences has to offer and failed, your doctor may suggest you try hypnosis to quit smoking.

What is Hypnosis?

The word itself is defined by being an altered state of consciousness or awareness where the individual under hypnosis appears to be in a trance or sleep state. Hypnosis is commonly used in the treatment of a variety of physiological and physical problems. It is currently utilized in the treatment of pain control, speech disorders, weight issues and addiction problems. While there is certainly general debate about how it works, there is certainly statistical information that shows that for some, it does indeed work, and very well.

Hypnosis to Quit Smoking

The basic principle of hypnosis treatment for addiction is to bring those unhealthy thoughts to the surface and to replace them with more positive thoughts that encourage the smoker to cease leaning on something so dangerous to one’s health. Patients may be asked, under hypnosis, to share what they know that the unpleasant outcomes of smoking could be. The idea is to make the patient understand the three critical principles of quitting.

  1. Smoking poisons the human body
  2. The body is needed to live
  3. Protect your body to the extent that you would prefer to live

In many cases, a hypnotherapist will also teach the individual the art of self-hypnosis. This type of therapy can include everything from audio, video and even journaling therapy. There are even hypnosis sessions to quit smoking free online sessions available on YouTube. Check out part one of this smoking cessation video.

[youtube_video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dbvckNVbK4 [/youtube_video]


Does Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation Work?

There is no doubt that hypnosis itself, in general, doesn’t work for everyone. It actually works for about a quarter of the population. In addition, for those who are hypnotizable, the level or intensity of hypnosis can vary. There have been mixed results in studies on this basic principle of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation, as well as for how long it takes to work for those it is a viable option for. A study by the Journal of Dental Education determined that it was possibly an effective treatment. However, the popular cancer institute’s of America still say that it is not supported as an effective method to quit.file0001474704839

The truth probably lies in the variety of stories of those who have used this method to quit smoking. Some have reported that just after a few sessions, they were ‘turned off’ of the idea. Simply did not want to smoke any longer, and many of those reported that this had worked for them indefinitely. While still others reported similar immediate results, but having had relapsed during high stress moments and fell back into the smoking habit once again.

For this reason, most hypnotherapists will suggest to their patients that it is critical to continue with self-treatment, even once they consider themselves cured. Just as with any other physically and psychologically addictive drug, you may need to stay on top of cessation permanently to have the life-long results you desire. It is important to be ultra-aware when you are dealing with stressful moments and make sure you turn back to smoking cessation therapies before you turn back to a smoke. Self-awareness will always help.

Certainly science may not show great favor towards the benefits of hypnosis for quitting smoking, however, that may be mostly due to the fact that only a portion of the population is even able to be hypnotized. For those who are struggling with smoking cessation, usually it is worth it to try just about any available help. Smokers have a 25% chance of having successful results, short and long term, using hypnosis to quit smoking. You may also want to ask your therapist if hypnosis should or could be used in conjunction with other quit smoking methods such as patches or medications to help provide a boost for those who are having a very difficult time quitting.


  1. I really want to quit smoking I get up in the night for a cigarette and can’t get back to sleep I have tried patches they work for a few days then I smoke I do suffer with stress

  2. My roommate has been smoking for years, and he has already tried to quit several times. I’ve heard that hypnosis might work to help break bad habits. It is really interesting how training the mind can sometimes work better than patches or gum for certain people. I should ask my roommate if he would be willing to give it a try.

    • Hypnosis worked for me it’s been 7 day since I smoked after self hypnosis you gonna crave to smoke cigarettes but not want to smoke Michael Sealy look him up for smoking cessation he’s good if you can meditate you can be hypnotized good you have to want it to stop smoking if not you just wasting your time

    • I have switched to the electric cigs, did a lot of studying before I did. I do not smoke in the car or home. I have done that for over 2 years. Now I may proceed to try hypnosis to completely stop.

    • If you want to quit smoking, I have a VERY effective hypnosis protocol that I just learned. You might contact me at im the morgan at hot mail dot com without the spaces.

  3. Hello Nathan! You have shared a well balanced and informative blog on hypnosis how it helps in quit smoking. I enjoyed the blog and must share with others who don’t understand the power of hypnosis. Bascially Hypnosis is a technique which has all solutions of daily life of human. Hypnosis methods is a great deal, which makes possible for us to quit tobacco also.

  4. I am a 56 year old male, have smoking since the age of 15tn. April 2015 & soon after my brother passed away with cancer I had a heart attack and I had to be shocked back to life. Main reason for my heart attack, I was told was due to SMOKING, STRESS AND BLOCKED ARTERIES. I have tried so many things to stop smoking but NOTHING has worked. Can hypnosis work for me even if I am under a lot of stress.

  5. Hypnosis WORKS! I tried everything patches, gum, therapy even those fake cigarettes but nothing lasted. I was so skeptical at first but as a last resort I tried hypnosis and quit after just one meeting. I am completely smoke free for the past 6 years after 49 years of being a smoker and don’t have any urge to smoke again. I can’t explain it, it just shifted something inside me. I recommended it to several of my co workers at the plant and they all had similar experiences.

  6. I am a 56 yes old and suffer from c.o.p.d. I have quit smoking a couple of times in my years of smoking. I don’t like the patches,or gum,and because of smoking I can’t gain weight, I am a small person but, I am vanishing right before my family’s eyes, smoking makes me not want to eat. Let alone not being able to breath. I am determined to quit, how I need the right method.

    • My name is Debi,I’ll be 61 in Dec. I have copd,I am a small person and struggle to keep weight on just like you. Started smoking when I was 15. When I was 35 I went to a mass hynotist sesion at a hotel with my cousin.we were sent home with tape for cassette that we needed to listen to every night for 30 days.Can’t remember if I made it the 30 days,I can tell you, I did not smoke for 4. 1 2 yrs!!!! Then one day when it was my birthday, and 5 of my girlfriends. & I went to bar,and i got drunk (hadn’t drank in a while!) I asked a man next to me if i could bum a cig from him!3 of my friends said no no no but I woudn’t listen to them .By the end of the night, I had bumed probably 5 cigs!!!!!! The next dayat work there was only one person that smoked,and he smked the same cics i had smoked berfore i quit!!!!! Salem-(the devil) I bummed a cig at lunch!!For the next 5 days i bummed a cig from him(I finally remember his name—-Gay ,a Very well built,handsome black man– and he wasn’t gay!!!!!had worked with him for 6 yrs.Had to throw that in!He always made me laugh about his name) Anyway,when i was off on sat., for some ? reason i wanted a cig all day until finally early evening i broke down and bought a pack! It was all over— within a month i was smoking a little under a pack a day!!!(i still can’t get over it!!!) The same as i smoked before i quit!!!!! I have struggled ever since,not even trying to quit for at least ten yrs!! I have quit maybe 3 times for short periods.For the last 7 months i have been really trying to quit,I get sick easy & keep for long time ,I cough every day& have had ammonia for 1 st time.The devil is killing me,and i still will ripe off the patch and go buy pack!!!! Tonite to try and not smoke, I googled hypnosis. & found you!! & this article I believe if i can just get past 5 whole days of not smoking(physical withdraw)all thats left is the brain,aaaaahhhhhh,the brain is bigger than the physical!I have think it’s the devil trying to knock me out!!And i cannot let him do this!Tomarrow I am gonna find some place to go get hypnotised.I urge you to do the same.If you lived nearby,i would go with you.The Good Lord said Do not murder!And that’s what we’re doing to our own bodies!!

  7. I have to stop. Just come out of hospital with severe pneumonia and other issues including copd. Hate myself for smoking. I will be trying hypnosis tomorrow I hope it works. Want to leave the clinic a non smoker

    • Hi Keith.
      You and your hypnotherapist are partners in his effort. Your hypnotherapist must do their part and you must do your part to accomplish your goal.

      Please do yourself a favor and stop using the term “trying”. You said you are “trying” hypnosis. “Try” is a wishy-washy concept. it’s a half-hearted attempt. Don’t “try”, just decide before you go that you are going to make this work.

      You said “I want” to leave the clinic as a non-smoker. instead might I suggest that you say to yourself ” I am going to leave this clinic as a non-smoker”.

      Being a non-smoker will open up a new and enjoyable part of life for you, Keith! Wait until you can actually taste food. Some people find that they become more critical of the foods they consume and get heather as a result.

      I am not a medical doctor and can not diagnose or prescribe any medical course of action. But, I know first-hand that hypnosis is a remarkable, non-invasive modality. However, I must advise you to check with your health care provider before embarking on any medical course of action.

  8. Some of this information is so untrue – hypnosis is a natural, yet altered state that we enter into on a daily basis. EVERYONE can be hypnotized, unless you dont want to, or have a serious underlying health issue that prevents you from focusing. (ADD is not in that group) Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation is extremely successful, far more than 25%. Some say it’s over 95% successful, but it depends on the techniques used and the client’s desire to quit. If you dont want to quit and your spouse or boss is pressuring you, it isnt going to work. Change starts with the subconscious mind. There are no cravings, no weight gain, and no bad habits gained from using hypnosis to stop smoking. Some hypnotherapists offer group sessions – this may work for some, but this is not the best way to stop. Multiple individually tailored sessions are far more effective. I recommend that anyone who wants to stop find a hypnotherapist who is a graduate of a state licensed school with over 500 hours of training, and certified by the ACHE or IAIH.

  9. I usually think of a diet as being a permanent thing. I don’t think there is a point to stopping the diet and going back to how you were. How you were is going to put back to before you lost weight. I think that the article is making a similar point when it talks about how you need to stay on top of cessation from tobacco permanently. It’s not just a program that ends. You want to quit for the rest of your life.

  10. I’m 54 years old , I need to quit smoking. I’m sick all the time . My breathing is terrible. I have tried time and time again, but never stuck with it. I want to I joy my life , as it is right now I’m miserable.

  11. Hi, I’ve been smoking for over 40 yrs , I have cold , asthma and emphysema,. Plus this 2 ND time I got blood clot in my lungs I need help badly. This my life. I don’t wanna die ,I just can’t stop I tried everything nothing works ,can u help me ,from sherry

  12. I’ve been smoking weed and cigarettes for 20 years recently got a promotion and couldn’t take the job because the do hair follicle test. Im ready to try anything

  13. It’s good to know that hypnosis can have a positive effect on people trying to quit smoking. I like how it points out that some self-treatment is usually needed in addition to the hypnotherapy you are receiving to help stop your addiction. My brother-in-law has tried a variety of methods to stop smoking, and none have worked. I’ll see if he has ever considered hypnosis as a solution to his addiction.

  14. Help gave up smoking for 30years and due to stress am back smoking I gave it up after one hypnosis session have tried patches doesn’t work

  15. I’ve been smoking for 50 years. Is there a consensus on what is the best way to quit smoking? Is it best to quit cold turkey all at once, or cut back by 50% for awhile,,then the other 50% later. Thanks JohnG

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