Angie Johnston uses hypnosis to help Toowoomba smokers give up the habit.
Angie Johnston uses hypnosis to help Toowoomba smokers give up the habit. Kevin Farmer

Hypnotism may be last refuge for smokers on the quit trail

SOME smokers have tried nearly everything to quit - patches, lozenges, cold turkey, inhalers.

But Angie Johnston says until you've tried hypnotism, you shouldn't give up hope.

The Toowoomba hypnotherapist is running group hypnotherapy sessions to quit smoking next week, and cites a success rate of 80 to 90%.

She said everyone had the opportunity to quit by hypnosis - if they went in with the right attitude.

"I've had everybody who's tried everything. What it does is it changes the way that you think about cigarettes," Ms Johnston said.

"The aim is, it's the same feeling you get when you're about to drop off to sleep, or for some people, its when you're taking a long journey in the car when you're nice and relaxed.

"If you have an average IQ, and you can follow instructions, you can be hypnotised."

Ms Johnston works with aromatherapist Barb Free in the sessions, using essential oils to help with cravings.

Ms Johnston said results could be mixed after a session.

"Everybody experiences it differently afterwards.

"Some people struggle in the first five days, others don't.

"The guy who had the most cigarettes was 150 a day, so naturally that's going to take longer."

Ms Johnston's group hypnotherapy session to help people quit smoking will be held on Sunday.


What happens

  • Clients are put into a state of relaxation.
  • Instructions are given to clients concerning their attitudes towards cigarettes.
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) techniques are used.
  • Clients will ideally walk away with no cravings for cigarettes and minor to no withdrawal symptoms.

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