Quitting cigarettes with Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT (patches, gum, inhalers) has been shown by independent studies to produce a success rate of 10-20%. Not only is the success rate very low, but there are many negative side effects. These can include nausea and indigestion, itching and redness of the skin, and nightmares – with a small risk of even more serious side effects.
Smoking cessation using drugs such as Zyban has been shown by numerous health studies to be ineffective unless combined with other psychological interventions, for example, hypnosis. In addition, the manufacturers have stated that 1 in 1ooo users will suffer convulsions that could lead to death.
Support groups or group sessions also use hypnosis but only achieve a success rate of 10-30%. In a group session, only a basic form of suggestion-only hypnosis can be used and the session can’t be tailored to your own individual needs.