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, 52 (1), 73-81

Clinical Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention

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Clinical Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation: Preliminary Results of a Three-Session Intervention

Gary R Elkins et al. Int J Clin Exp Hypn.

Abstract

This study presents preliminary data regarding hypnosis treatment for smoking cessation in a clinical setting. An individualized, 3-session hypnosis treatment is described. Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months posttreatment. Most patients (95%) were satisfied with the treatment they received. Recommendations for future research to empirically evaluate this hypnosis treatment are discussed.

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