Stop Smoking

People have been smoking tobacco recreationally since it was introduced to Europe in the late 15th century, but it wasn’t until the early 20th century that we began to see the long-term health effects smoking had. Today smoking is considered to be the greatest single cause of premature death in the UK.

We now have access to an abundance of research and science telling us just how bad smoking is for our health and yet for many, it is an incredibly hard habit to break. There are several reasons why people start smoking but before you know it you find yourself addicted to the habit.  Quitting the physical and mental addictive properties often takes more than will power alone to accomplish.

Stop smoking timeline

As soon as you make the decision to stop smoking your body starts repairing itself as shown below.  It is never too late to stop smoking.

Amount of time since your last cigarette:  Effects on your body:
 20 minutes Your blood pressure and heart rate will return to normal.
 12 hours Carbon monoxide levels will drop back to normal.
 24 hours Your body will start to clear out the mucus built up in your lungs.
 72 hours Breathing will become easier and your energy levels will increase.
 1 month The appearance of your skin will start to improve.
 3-9 months Your lung function could improve by up to 10%.
 1 year Risk of suffering from a heart attack falls to about half of that of a smoker.
 10 years Risk of developing lung cancer falls to about half of that of a smoker.
 15 years Risk of suffering a heart attack falls to that of a non-smoker.

How to Stop Smoking

A large part of stopping smoking is letting go of the smoking routine you once had and looking at cigarettes differently. Hypnotherapy is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of treatment to help do this.

If you are considering hypnotherapy to stop smoking the first step is to make sure you are choosing to quit for yourself. Hypnotherapy is most effective when you really want to quit – if you are doing it because you think you ‘should’ or because a friend or family member is pushing you, you may not get the results you want.

The Breakthrough Session

At Life Practice St Albans we find that 95% of people leave the session a non-smoker, for a small minority a second visit may be required.  A breakthrough session is a one off session that lasts from 3 1/2 hours to a full day depending on your requirements.  During this session various techniques including Hypnotherapy, NLP, EFT and CBT will be used.

Prices start from £295 for 3 1/2 hour sessions.

We offer a free 30 minute telephone consultation to all our clients.  This gives you the opportunity to talk through any questions or concerns you may have without obligation.


Life Practice St Albans also offer a series of popular workshops that include Stress Management, Weight Loss and Life Coaching. Current Business Partners include: The Biopolar Society, Carers in Herts and Mind in HertsMind logo

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