Stop Smoking Hypnosis How Does It Work?
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Stop Smoking Hypnosis
How Does It Work?

By Alan B. Densky, CH

There are three separate parts to smoking addiction. Two of the parts are mental/emotional, and one part is physical.


When you were a little baby and you became upset, your mother would put a pacifier into your mouth to distract you from that upset. You would get distracted, become more peaceful, and often fall asleep. That scenario was repeated thousands of times so that your unconscious mind was programmed: When something goes into your mouth, you get relaxation and pleasure from it.

Now that you are an adult, if you feel anxious or tense, you crave something in your mouth for relaxation and pleasure – a smoke!


Remember Pavlov? He rang a bell every time that he fed his dogs. After a few repetitions, he could just ring the bell, and the dogs would salivate.

When you associate smoking a cigarette with any other activity, the other activity will trigger cravings for a cigarette and a feeling of urgency to light up a cigarette. This is called a conditioned response.

For example: If you light up a cigarette when you watch a movie, you will automatically get an urge to smoke a cigarette each time you go to the movies. If you light up when you drive your car, you will automatically get an urge to light up a cigarette each time you drive your car. If you smoke a cigarette when you see someone else smoking, you will automatically get an urge to smoke a cigarette each time you see someone else smoking

Here is exactly how this conditioned response gets programmed into your unconscious: If a person smokes a cigarette and simultaneously drinks a cup of coffee, the mind takes a snapshot of the cigarette in the hand, and links it to the cup of coffee. Thereafter, every time the person sees a cup of coffee, the unconscious fills in the missing part of the picture. It flashes an image of a cigarette, and the smoker gets a craving for a cigarette.

You may be unaware of the mental movie of the cigarette, because it may only be at the unconscious level of mind. Just as you are not consciously aware of what you are seeing through your peripheral vision until someone or something draws your attention to it. But the image is there, creating a craving for a cigarette.


After having worked with several thousand smokers, I can guarantee you that the physical addiction is the weakest part of the habit. In fact, I believe that it is only ten percent of a smoking addiction. I believe that 90% of the habit is the mental and emotional parts! (Parts A and B). 


What this means is that as soon as you eliminate the feeling of tension that compels you to put cigarettes into your mouth for relaxation and pleasure (Part A) . . . and {if you can extinguish the conditioned response of feeling a craving for cigarettes when having a cup of coffee, driving, or finishing a meal, etc. (Part B) . . . then you can break the addiction to cigarettes without requiring willpower, and without having to suffer from withdrawal symptoms or weight-gain.

Self-hypnosis will make it easy to break the addiction to cigarettes because it takes care of Parts A & B! Here is how:

Part A: Smokers light-up a cigarette to relieve stress and feel pleasure. It is our thoughts that trigger feelings of stress. To elaborate, people persistently create movies in their mind's eye. If it's a negative movie, it causes them to feel anxiety.

We can use various hypnosis and NLP techniques to re-program the subconscious to automatically have those anxiety producing mental movies trigger movies that create relaxation. These movies instill peace and pleasure, and obliterate the tension that triggers the cravings and compulsions to smoke.

Because of the elimination of feelings of tension the smoker who is quitting doesn't experience the compulsion or need to substitute food in place of the cigarettes. So quitting without weight gain is possible.

Part B is where people smoke a cigarette because smoking becomes a conditioned response to many different activities and locations. Remember in the earlier example how smoking became unconsciously associated with other activities and environments so that each time a smoker gets into that activity or environment, the mind to flashes an image of a cigarette, and the image of the cigarette triggers an urge to smoke?

There are quit smoking hypnosis, and stop smoking NLP techniques that can effectively extinguish those conditioned responses so that a smoker's mind will lose the cravings for cigarettes, and the compulsion to smoke. As a matter of fact, you can even get a compulsion to reject the cigarettes.

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