Why do people start smoking after successfully giving up?


There is no single answer to this question.

Common reasons I have been given are:

  • Stress
  • I thought I could just have one more
  • I missed the weight, the feel of the cigarette, watching the smoke etc

Most people I see find the initial giving up of smoking really easy. This can often be done in 1 session. The key to giving up permanently is the addressing  the kind of issues mentioned above. This is why I always ask my clients what they will miss with the smoking; what they think could cause them to start smoking again. These  are important questions and the more potential failures can be anticipated the more successful the outcome in the long run.

If you are serious about giving up smoking and giving up smoking permanently you might want to consider booking 3 sessions over a period of months to make sure you are adjusting well to being the new non-smoker you will be.

If you have always smoked a cigarette when stressed what are you going to do next time you feel stressed and you are a non-smoker? I can teach you techniques to help reduce your stress. To help you achieve the life you want for yourself. These sessions are the real key to giving up smoking.

I am happy to work with you on a per session basis. Or give you discount on an upfront block booking arrangement. No session of Hypnotherapy is wasted. Once you are aware of its potential there is so many ways you can enjoy helping yourself.

Please call me today and I will be more than happy to discuss this with you.

  1. #1 by abbey on 22 June 2011 - 3:30 am

    I gave up cigarettes for one year. I went gym and swimming, ate really healthy. But I started smoking again January 2011. It started with a few with friends. Cut a long story short. It was soon june and I was actually smoking more than before I gave up. I was tired and loat weight. So I’ve given them up again for 7 days now. I plan to do it for 12 weeks definately. I know I can I’m going on Champix. Also starting gym next monday. The question is if I give it up again. How to I continue being a non smoker. I thought I was a non smoker but I am shocked I started again. Even more shocked I still started to enjoy them more and I’m disgusted with myself for going back on them. They cost over £6 and I noticed all my money vanishing and just had one pences where I used to have notes.

  2. #2 by jonhinch on 22 June 2011 - 8:49 am

    Thanks Abbey, I think your experience is typical of many people. The problem is that most non-smokers are still attached to smoking. By this I mean that people are still being influenced by cigarettes. In my experience people often hate smoking once they give it up. It is their defence mechanism because if they didn’t hate it they would soon take it up again. Others, perhaps like yourself, manage to stop for a while but there is still the draw of the cigarette and in moments of weakness or stress you rediscover the pleasure it used to give you and you start smoking again.
    When I help people I think the most successful long term solution is to help people discover they can be non-attached to cigarettes. To be completely indifferent to them. They can be there or not there, it makes no difference to the person. The person could choose to smoke them but they actually prefer to keep a healthy body.

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