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Does hypnotherapy help people who are trying to stop smoking

Barnes J, Dong CY, McRobbie H, Walker N, Mehta M, Stead LF
Published Online: 
6 October 2010

Different types of hypnotherapy are used to try and help people quit smoking. Some methods try to weaken people's desire to smoke, strengthen their will to quit, or help them concentrate on a 'quit programme'. Trials have used different types and amounts of hypnotherapy and compared them with different control conditions, including no treatment, brief advice, or smoking cessation counselling. Although it is possible that hypnotherapy could be as effective as counselling treatment there is not enough good evidence to be certain of this.