Some habits masquerade as our friends, but they are in fact our enemies!

It is sometimes hard to recognise these ‘so-called friends’, as they are so clever at appearing to be useful and attractive in our lives.

Just suppose that you had a friend who offered to:-

  • console you when you are depressed
  • keep you company when you are bored
  • calm you when you are stressed
  • keep you company when you go to social events
  • help you feel confident
  • always be available when you need them

Pretty good friend, aren’t they? Who would not want a friend like that?

However…after they have been your friend for a few years, you might realise that they have been:-

  • worsening your health (affecting your lungs, making you more likely to get diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, etc.)
  • costing you money
  • making you look older than you really are
  • limiting where you can go to socialise (if you want to interact with them)
  • affecting your appearance
  • shortening your lifespan

Ugh! Not such a great friend after all. You wouldn’t put up with this from a human friend, so why put up with it from smoking?

There is evidence that smokers are generally more likely to get respiratory tract infections, like chest infections, and there is evidence that they may be at higher risk of COVID-19 and its complications. People with poor lung health and other conditions like cardiovascular disease and cancer (which can be caused by smoking) are also at higher risk of complications if they do become infected with the virus (1)

Smoking (cigarettes and e-cigarettes) also involves putting your hand to your mouth repeatedly, so smokers may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, as they are touching their face and mouth more often. It’s not known for sure, but it’s also possible the vapour from e-cigarettes may be able to spread the virus (either in the air or as it settles on surfaces). Sharing any type of tobacco or smoking product (for example, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or shisha/waterpipes) can also increase the risk of spreading COVID-19 (1).

The Australian federal government has also increased tobacco excise by 12.5% EVERY YEAR since 2013 (2). This applies to both cigarettes and other forms of tobacco.

Cigarettes now cost around $1 each, $20 for a packet of 20 cigarettes, meaning that an average 40 per day smoker will spend $280 per week or $14,600 per year – the cost of a modest house mortgage – on something that is doing them harm.

Retrain your subconscious mind

This is easy to do –  by breaking the beliefs, associations and triggers related to the smoking, and replacing them with what you want to do instead.


Make today the day that you take action to ditch smoking.

In a hypnotherapy session we will uncover the reasons why you started the habit, and why it has continued. We will then plan the new healthy alternative behaviour that you want to do instead, and create positive suggestions to reinforce your desired new feeling, thoughts and behaviour.

Easy and successful therapy

The vast majority of clients do not have any smoking withdrawal symptoms, and they report that they are extremely pleased and proud that they have stopped.

If you are wondering what a hypnotherapy session is like, please see my other blogpost.

Why should I use hypnotherapy instead of the other methods for quitting smoking?

About 90% of people who try to quit use “cold turkey”, although only 5 – 7% succeed with this method. (3)

If you use patches or gum to come off cigarettes, you are still taking the nicotine into your body. Hypnotherapy allows you to break the beliefs and psychological habit of smoking, and to take back control of your behaviour. As part of the hypnotherapy, we will work together to create positive statements which you can use to sustain your success as a non-smoker.

“Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit.” (4)

Published in New Scientist

Hypnotherapy allows you to break the beliefs and psychological habit of smoking, and expecting to smoke in specific situations. Hypnotherapy will enable you to get back in control by talking to your subconscious mind and breaking the link between smoking and apparent happiness. As part of the hypnotherapy, you can create positive statements which you can use to sustain your success.


  1. Quit Coronavirus (COVID-19) and smoking
  2. Piotrowski, D. (2019). Cigarettes soar to $35 a pack after a sneaky 12.5% tax hike – and you won’t believe how much a smoker now spends each year on their habit. Daily Mail
  3. WebMD Ways to quit smoking
  4. Matthews, R. (1992). How one in five hav can be donee given up smoking. New Scientist, vol. 136, issue 1845.

© 2020 Lisa Billingham, Sunset Coast Hypnotherapy

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