Ask any smoker who is trying to quit smoking, and they will tell you about all their failures thus far. Then ask them what is the hardest part, and many will simply say it is the mental addiction.
Other than a few countries around the world, the percentage of smokers is between 15% and 25%. If you take into account all countries on a global scale the number rounds out to about 31% as Japan and China have high percentages of smokers.
In countries where smoking bans are enforced smoking becomes a huge negative all the way around. First off smokers are seen as losers needing to go out in any vial weather to smoke be it rain snow or whatever nature dishes out. When it comes to getting hired or advancements in a company, smoking also plays a negative roll particularly so if the person deciding never smoked a day in their lives. After all why would someone who shows no respect for themselves, be expected to have respect for the company and the added responsibilities in higher positions. The smoker may not see it this way, but to the non smoking decision maker it makes a big difference.
When it comes to the addiction to nicotine, it is two fold. There is the physical addiction that can cause withdrawal symptoms if stopped too quickly. Then there is the mental addiction that is actually much harder to overcome.
Once a person stops putting nicotine into their body, it is naturally flushed out in 70 to 100 hours depending on their age and overall health. What remains after that is the mental addiction. There may be a few lingering days of physical withdrawal symptoms like headaches, but for the most part their body is free of nicotine and that comes out in urine and sweat.
So with that, the mental addiction is obviously what brings people back to smoke. The patch, gums, and whatever all work for the physical addiction, but do absolutely nothing for the mental addiction. To break the mental addiction it takes balls of steel. If you don’t have balls of steel, then you need to find a hypnotherapist as hypnosis is the only smoking cessation method that deals with the mental addiction head on. That is why hypnosis is often the last stop for many on their battle for control of their body.
To identify if you have a mental addiction or not is very simple. If you know exactly how long it has been since your last smoke, you still have the mental addiction. If you have to stop and think about it, then the mental addiction is gone. If you still have the mental addiction you are still thinking about smoking and will eventually start smoking again.
The fact that there are so few qualified hypnotherapist in Asia may be just coincidence that Asian countries have a higher smoking rate. There is only about 100 truly qualified hypnotherapist in all of Asia, but thousands in the US and UK.
One of the ways the non smoking public can help smokers quit, is simply let them know how totally disgusting they are. Nicotine makes smokers ignore all the looks of disgust went they light up. By simply being in their face about it may be the final push they need to finally kick the habit.
If you live in Asia and want to find a hypnotherapist, simply goggle hypnotherapy <name of country>. For example ‘hypnotherapy Thailand’, or ‘hypnotherapy Cambodia’.