It’s Stoptober – Are you motivated to stop smoking?

Every October the Government launches its Stoptober campaign to encourage people to give up smoking.   Research has shown that people who stop smoking during October and manage to stay off the habit permanently could gain an extra week of life for every month they are smoke free.  Some more immediate health benefits:

  • After 8 hours – nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • After 24 hours – carbon monoxide eliminated from body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
  • After 48 hours – No nicotine left in the body. Ability to taste and smell improved
  • After 72 hours – breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase
  • After 3-9 Months – Lung function improved by up to 10%
  • After 5 Years – Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  • After 10 Years the risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker

Various research studies have shown the effectiveness of using hypnosis to stop smoking*.  Reported success using hypnosis ranges from 81% to 90.6% in these studies.  The Australian Stoptober site states that hypnosis is the 2nd most effective way to make someone stop smoking.  The most effective is a heart attack.

I don’t accept every client who contacts me for help stopping smoking.  I only work with those who are really motivated.  No therapist can guarantee success but the chance of success is far greater if you are well motivated.

Contact me if you want to discuss how I could help you .

If you sign up via the official Stoptober website you will receive free support tools.  Visit



Here in the UK, Cancer Research UK are encouraging people to give up alcohol for the month of January and raise money for the charity through sponsorship or by pledging the money saved by not drinking.  What a great thing to do after the excesses of Christmas and the New Year.


Drinking alcohol is not just linked to increasing your risk of cancer, it is also linked to a variety of diseases and injuries associated with accidents.  Although giving up alcohol for a month will not have a lasting positive effect on your health, it may break an existing habit and get you into a different way of enjoying yourself.


If you want to get started make a commitment to yourself and then tell a friend or even better tell a lot of friends.  That simple step will increase the probability of you sticking to your resolve.


 Once you have done that, think about the circumstances and contexts in which you usually drink alcohol.  What could you do differently?  What alternative drink could you enjoy?  If you have a drink of alcohol at home at a certain time of day, what else could you do at that time to break that habit?

Drink plenty of water.  It will let your conscious and unconscious mind know that you are not thirsty.  It will also help to flush through your kidneys and liver.


The deadline for signing up for Dryathalon is 6 January but if you have missed it you can still do this for yourself.  For more details see