The Research

Hypnosis is Respected

in the Medical Community

Hypnosis is endorsed by top medical institutions worldwide, including the American Medical Association, British Medical Association, American Dental Association, American Psychology Association, National Institutes of Health, Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Medical School, Stanford University Medical Center and American Cancer Society.

To see an Oxford University research study on the hypnosis techniques that my work is based on, showing that a majority of clients who received this type of hypnosis stopped smoking immediately and were still non-smokers six months later, click here (see p. 14).


Following are summaries of several additional studies on the effectiveness of hypnosis for smoking cessation, or as a component of smoking cessation:

• In a study of 43 patients whose smoking cessation protocol included hypnosis, 39 patients (or 90.6%) quit smoking and were still abstinent at follow-up, which occurred between six months and three years after treatment.


Barber, J. (2001). Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 49 (3), 257-266.


In a study of twenty-one HMO patients whose primary care physicians referred them for hypnosis for smoking cessation, 48% quit smoking and were still abstinent one year after treatment.


Elkins, G. R., & Rajab, M. H. (2004). Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: Preliminary results of a three-session intervention. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 52 (1), 73-81.


Researchers conducting a study of 186 outpatients at a community clinic utilized a combination of hypnosis and aversion treatment in order to facilitate smoking cessation. At a three-month follow up, 86.5% of participants were abstinent from smoking.


Johnson, D. L., & Karkut, R. T. (1994). Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Psychological Reports, 75 (2), 851-857.


Authors of a meta-analysis that combined results from 633 smoking cessation studies that included close to 72,000 subjects, found that of all the free-standing methods that were utilized, hypnosis provided the highest success rate for participants (an average of 36% across studies). Participants who received hypnosis were twice as successful as those who used self-care methods, medication, and nicotine chewing gum.

Viswesvaran, C., & Schmidt, F. L. (1992). A meta-analytic comparison of the effectiveness of smoking cessation methods. Journal of Applied Psychology, 77 (4), 554-561.

Hypnosis can be a key component of your smoking cessation treatment.

Thank you to Ken Guzzo, CHI, for generously allowing the adoption or adaptation of portions of his website material.