Alison Ralph Hypnotherapy and Counselling

Stop smoking help from Macclesfield hypnotherapist; Alison Ralph

Written by ALISON RALPH                            Updated 29 August 2021

In my Macclesfield hypnotherapy practice I help people to stop smoking. The habit of smoking is deep rooted in the subconscious mind and often shaped during childhood, therefore hypnotherapy for smoking can be a very affective treatment. 

When working with clients I find that offering conscious strategies to stop smoking is helpful in collaboration with the work under hypnosis.

This blog aims to share some of the tried and tested strategies so you can give them a go at home. This blog will also explain in brief the reasons why people find it extremely difficult to stop smoking and how this can be overcome using your conscious thinking. 

Why am I finding it difficult to stop smoking?

Most people who come to see me for hypnotherapy to stop smoking have tried and tested many different stop smoking medicines but have found that these have been unsuccessful. It is often not until you learn how the chemicals in a cigarette take over your mind that you start to fight against them. 

The chemicals which are realised in the body when you smoke send a message to the subconscious mind (your survival mechanism) to say ‘this is really important for life’. When these chemicals leave the body the subconscious kicks into survival mode and asks for them again (hence the craving). All you need to do is break this cycle by giving this message to the brain less and less, and eventually it will stop asking for the chemical. 

It is important that you realise that stopping smoking is extremely difficult and it is NOT your fault that you are unable to do so. 

Here are my top 5 self-help techniques to stop smoking:

A person wanting to stop smoking for good


  • If you take one thing away from reading this post today let it be that a craving only lasts for 3 minutes! The time it takes the brain to send that message that you need the rush of feel good hormones takes only 3 minutes. So what could you do in 3 minutes? Some squats or arm reps if your into exercise, read a page or two from your favourite book or magazine, play with your dog. The list is endless!


  • Smoking is often part of your routine, especially if you have been doing it for years! So something as simple as changing your routine can help to lessen them cravings. For example, if you wake in the morning and have a coffee with a cigarette before anything else, then get up and get dressed first, change your coffee for milk or juice. If you have a cigarette on your break at work then replace that with a walk or a chat in the staffroom. 


  • Smoke with the other hand – it sounds bonkers I know, but it requires the brain to think differently and may trigger a thought process which says this is awkward or I don’t enjoy this. 

Fiddle toy

  • If you are somebody who needs something in your hand then it may be a good idea to invest in a fidget toy. You can find lots of adult fidget toys online. I found this selection on Etsy. Adult Fidget Toys | Etsy


  • If you would like to get into the root of the cause because nothing else is working then have a think about the reasons why you smoke. For example, are you a stress smoker? If this is you, think of a new behaviour when you are stressed. For example, you could use a breathing technique or in the evening do some yoga. If you smoke because you are bored then you could find something alternative to do; gardening, reading or a hobby out of the house. There are various other reasons why people smoke and these can include, past trauma, relaxation and socially. 

This article has given you ideas to try in the conscious mind to allow you to stop smoking. It is important that you find the one that suits you, your lifestyle and your personality in order to get the best outcome. 

If you have read this article I hope that you have found a strategy that interests you or that you would like to try to help you stop smoking. Each self- help technique above has been tried and tested by my hypnotherapy to stop smoking clients and have been a success.

If you find that something works for you or you have a different strategy not mentioned in this blog post please leave a comment. It is always good to learn from each other. 

Alison x

Hypnotherapy to stop smoking

All the above self-help techniques are for use in the conscious mind. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind and therefore is a deeper message. 

If you are interested in hypnotherapy to stop smoking then please get in touch.