The research for hypnosis to stop smoking is very vigorous. It shows a significantly increased success rate when using hypnosis to help you to stop smoking, and points to hypnosis as the most effective form of smoking cessation therapy, with a higher success rate than nicotine patches, nicotine gum, e-cigarettes, medicines, etc.
Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking
In 1992 the University of Iowa conducted a meta-analysis of studies using different methods to try and help people to quit smoking. This was the largest ever scientific comparison – looking at more than 600 studies which contained 72,000 people in total, from America and Europe.
They found that on average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine patches or nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone, and concluded that hypnosis is by far the most effective way of giving up smoking.
90.6% Success rate when using hypnosis to stop smoking
The university of Washington medical school conducted a study where they used hypnosis on 43 patients to help them stop smoking.
Of the 43 consecutive patients undergoing hypnosis, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (up to 3 years post-treatment).
Barber concluded that hypnosis is an extremely effective way to quit smoking and this study represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
81% Stopped smoking after hypnosis
30 patients were referred by their doctor to Texas A&M University for treatment to help them stop smoking. Of this group 21 patients returned and were given 3 sessions of hypnosis for smoking cessation.
Results showed that immediately after treatment 81% of patients reported that they had stopped smoking. Then in a follow-up 12 months later 48% of these patients reported that they were still not smoking.
Elkins GR and Rajab MH concluded that hypnosis was indeed a statistically significant method of helping people to stop smoking.