The NHS Stop Smoking Clinics rely heavily on giving people advice on using NIcotine Replacement Therapy. Once someone has given up with NRT, and stayed a non- smoker for a month, their success is counted as a statistic.
Research published by the University of Massachusetts, in the United States, in January 2012, suggests that up to a third of those who stop with NRT will start again within a year (despite the fact that they may already be a success statistic).
The NHS expects a hypnotherapist to not count an ex-smoker as a statistic until they have refrained from smoking for a full year.
For info about stopping smoking with hypnotherapy, with testimonials and realistic statistics - see the Effective Hypnosis feature on The Best of Ealing.
The state of hypnosis is very like the state between waking and sleeping. There are various methods of getting you to this state. But once you are there - you are highly suggestible to positive suggestions....