These are the statistics we Overcome in our work together to get you to quit smoking. 

20% of all Americans smoke

70% want to quit

only 5% do so successfully. 

Why quit? 

You know the health and economic reasons to quit. You have thought about it for a long time. 

Perhaps you HAVE quit before only to return again to the habit. 

I have seen it over and over as most of my clients have been through some kind of quit effort before.

That is why you should be selective about the approach that you choose for this, one of the most important health decisions that you will make of your life.  


 Yes, smoking IS an addiction and as such, the process of leaving this, most powerful addiction behind must be regarded with the utmost of skill, knowledge preparation and professionalism.  When you decide to quit you have taken just ONE important step of MANY.  Every step is an important part including preparation, quitting and staying quit. 

I work with people who are motivated to quit and whose desire is to stay quit. We work together as part of  a process to Prepare you to deal with the many changes in your life that come about when you no longer smoke, to deal with cravings for tobacco, and help you develop healthier  alternative ways to manage stress. 

You will take your last drag at a time and place that you determine THEN move on to continue the process of health and well-being remaining Smoke-Free! 


My commitment is to provide you every part of a program that is designed to help you be SUCCESSFUL.  I will also  provide quality hypnosis to assist you with re-programming your mind toward accomplishing success as part of your goal.  You make the commitment to take the steps and follow the program and together we accomplish the goal.  I have researched the most effective ways to quit smoking and stay quit and this is the approach we use together. Why use anything less?  We allow time to evaluate the needs that will make your quitting most successful including, behavioral changes, support systems, learning new ways to handle stress, avoiding smoking triggers, filling in with new activities and possibilities, managing cravings and learning to think as a quitter. 


 As you DO know, being a successful quitter is the ONLY satisfactory goal for this addiction.  Call me to make your commitment to a healthier and more prosperous lifestyle. It IS within your immediate reach and being QUIT FOREVER comes with serious work together. If this is your intention, I can help you. 

Call Betty Havey, Certified Certified Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness Consultant at 727-642-6049 and change your life for the better! 

Fees and Appointments 

I offer a package for the QUIT FOREVER program. We will conduct 6 private sessions in installments that suit you and your schedule (usually weekly).  As part of your commitment, I ask that you pay at the beginning of your six weeks.  The total fee for all sessions is $350 the rough equivalent of the cost of one carton of cigarettes per week.  Remember...after quitting, you will be saving hundreds, even thousands of dollars in tobacco costs and related healthcare treatments. 

You will feel healthier, have improved lung capacity and will have begun the process of changing your LIFESTYLE to a more engaged one that is good for your body, mind and spirit. 



Smoking Cessation Hypnosis Research

(by Michael O' Driscoll B.Sc., M.Sc. (Oxon)

This paper presents some of the findings from a study looking at all methods of smoking cessation, including standard hypnotherapy techniques and compares those to a specially developed advanced method of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation.

High quit smoking rates for hypnosis compared to other methods

A larger meta-analysis of research into hypnosis to aid smoking cessation (Chockalingam and Schmidt 1992) (48 studies, 6,020 subjects) found that the average quit rate for those using hypnosis was 36%, making hypnosis the most effective method found in this review with the exception of a programme which encouraged pulmonary and cardiac patients to quit smoking using advice from their doctor (such subjects are obviously atypical as they have life-threatening illnesses which are aggravated by smoking and therefore these people have very strong incentives to quit).

Table 1.
Effectiveness of different types of intervention to achieve smoking cessation adapted from data in Chockalingam and Schmidt

Type of intervention

% who quit smoking

no. of subjects

no. of trials

Advice (cardiac patients) 42 4553 34
Hypnosis 36 6020 48
Miscellaneous 35 1400 10
Advice (pulmonary patients) 34 1661 17
Smoke aversion 31 2557 103
Group withdrawal clinics 30 11580 46
Acupuncture 30 2992 19
Instructional methods in workplace 30 976 13
Other aversive techniques 27 3926 178
5 day plans 26 7828 25
Aversive methods in 25 1041 26
Educational (health promotion initiatives) 24 3352 27
Medication 18 6810 29
Physician interventions (more than advice) 18 3486 16
Nicotine chewing gum 16 4866 40
Self-care (self-help) 15 3585 24
Physician advice 7 7190 17

Law and Tang (1995) looked at 10 randomised trials, carried out between 1975 and 1988, of hypnosis in smoking cessation. They found that the effect of hypnosis was highly statistically significant1. The research they examined involved 646 subjects and cessation rates at 6 months post-treatment ranged from 10% to 38% (the average figure was 24%).


Table 2. Effectiveness of different types of intervention to achieve smoking cessation (adapted from data in Law and Tang 1995)

Type of intervention

% who quit smoking

no. of subjects

no. of trials

Supportive group session (heart attack survivors) 36 223 1
Hypnosis 24 646 10
Supportive group session (healthy men in high risk for heart attack group) 21 13205 4
Nicotine patch (self-referral) 13 2020 10
Nicotine gum (self-referral 11 3460 13
Supportive group session (in pregnancy) 8 4738 10
Advice from GP (additional sessions) 5 6466 10
Gradual reduction in smoking 5 630 8
Nicotine patch (GP initiated treatment) 4 2597 4
Nicotine gum (GP initiated treatment) 3 7146 15
Acupuncture 3 2759 8
Advice from GP (one-off) 2 14438 17
Supportive group session 2 2059 8
Advice from nurses in health promotion clinics 1 3369 2
Table 2 (above) shows that the meta-analysis of Law and Tang confirms, to a large extent, the meta-analysis of Chockalingam and Schmidt (1992); in both cases hypnosis appears as the most effective form of intervention to achieve smoking cessation with the exception of groups who are highly motiviated to quit for medical reasons, such as those with existing heart or pulmonary problems.


A more recent study, by Ahijevych et al (2000), produces a similar overall figure for the success of hypnosis. This study looked at a randomly selected sample of 2,810 smokers who participated in single-session, group hypnotherapy smoking cessation programs sponsored by the American Lung Association of Ohio. A randomly selected sample of 452 participants completed telephone interviews 5 to 15 months after attending a treatment session. 22 percent of participants reported not smoking during the month prior to the interview.