In 1992 New Scientist Magazine published the results of an extensive clinical study on the most effective smoking cessation methods. A meta-analysis, statistically combining the results of more than 600 studies (over 72,000 individual cases) showed that a single session hypnosis increased a smoker’s success chance by 1000% from 6% to 60%. Here are the success rates for different smoking cessation methods:
These impressive figures are for hypnosis alone. Using modern clinical hypnotherapy combined with cognitive behavioural therapy these results improve considerably.
Interestingly the latest research on NRT (see “NRT hyped” on BBC website) shows a success rate of only 7.2%, barely better than willpower alone! Yet NRT is currently the most popular recommended treatment for smoking cessation under the NHS.
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