Research Showing Hypnosis Works to Quit Smoking

Hypnosis research can be controversial and sometimes contradictory. We believe that is because it is an art as much as a science and dependent on both the talent of the hypnotist and the hypnotizeability of the subject.
That’s why we test our clients and only accept those who display the ability to be good candidates.
For those who do – here are some of the numerous examples of peer-reviewed scientific studies that prove without a doubt that yes – hypnosis can and does work to quit smoking.

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.
Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81.
Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation…

Elkins GR, Rajab MH.
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
PMID: 14768970 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

90.6% Success Rate Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.

-Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66.
Freedom from smoking…
Barber J.

University of Washington School of Medicine,
PMID: 11430159 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

90% Success Rate With Hypnosis

Authors report a success rate in smoking abstinence of over 90% with hypnosis.

MMW Fortschr Med. 2004 May 13;146(20):16.
Klager, R. [Article in German]
PMID: 15344725 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever:
3 Times Effectiveness of Patch and 15 Times Willpower.

Two studies compared overweight smoking and non-smoking adult women in an hypnosis-based, weight-loss program. Both achieved significant weight losses and decreases in Body Mass Index. Follow-up study replicated significant weight losses and declines in Body Mass Index. The overt aversion and hypnosis program yielded significantly lower post-treatment weights and a greater average number of pounds lost.

Weight loss for women: studies of smokers and nonsmokers using
hypnosis and multi-component treatments with and without overt aversion.
– Johnson DL
Psychology Reprints. 1997 Jun;80(3 Pt 1):931-3.

87% Reported Abstinence Using Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-mo. follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence using hypnosis.

Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion.
Johnson DL, Karkut RT., Psychology Reprints 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7.
PMID: 7862796 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Although group sessions are much less effective than one-on-one*, even those are More Effective Than Drug Interventions

Group hypnosis, evaluated at a less effective success rate than individualized hypnosis (at 22%). However, still demonstrated here as more effective than drug interventions.

– Descriptive outcomes of the ALAO hypnotherapy smoking cessation program*
Ohio State University,
College of Nursing, Columbus

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Quit

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up,
patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to still be smoke-free than those who quit on their own.

-Guided health imagery for smoking cessation
and long-term abstinence.
Journal of Nursing Scholarship*


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