So, you have been thinking about stopping smoking for a few weeks, maybe even months or years, but you just never seem to find the right time to do so. 

It is easy to procrastinate when it comes to quitting cigarettes, especially when you are so busy dealing with the stresses and responsibilities of modern life. Perhaps you have even researched a local stop smoking clinic but never found the time to make a booking.

Every day you see the health warnings on the cigarette packaging, and the awareness campaigns on TV, you think “I should quit, but that probably won’t happen to me”. Although statistics and warnings can seem overblown and intangible, it is important to take the latest information into account when deciding whether you want to continue smoking.

Unfortunately, latest research suggests that 2 in 3 smokers will suffer from a fatal smoking-related illness. A study of 200, 000 individuals over six years showed that smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubled your mortality risk, whilst smoking 20 made it 4 or 5 times more likely for the smoker to suffer a premature death. Such shocking revelations should serve as a wakeup call for smokers to take the time to call up their stop smoking clinic and find the help they need.

Furthermore, former Labour Health Minister Lord Darzi recently suggested that smoking should be banned from public spaces. Although such a move may take many years to come into place, public attitudes towards smoking are undoubtedly changing, and such a policy is being taken increasingly seriously as the latest research reveals more of the dangers that smoking poses to public health and wellbeing.

Both the ill-effects of smoking, and the changing public attitude to smoking, serve as excellent motivations to kick the habit. No matter how much or how little you smoke, there is no better time to stop smoking than now. The NHS website states that in mere hours your body begins to heal the damage inflicted by cigarettes; within 8 hours your blood oxygen level returns to normal, in 24 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body, and within 72 hours your lungs begin to relax and repair. So, what are you waiting for?

Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation is an effective means of helping you overcome the habit. If you are struggling to quit on your own, or find that patches and gums do not help you, visiting the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic is the answer. Hypnosis works by reprogramming the subconscious mind, allowing you to beat the emotional and psychological attachment to cigarettes – the habit – that you have developed over time, making the process of quitting comfortable and successful.