As the Great American Smokeout approaches, health and wellness consultant Gina Orlando says her program of smoking-cessation hypnosis in Oak Park is a powerful tool for those who have tried to quit without success.

OAK PARK, IL — Every smoker has heard the statistics: More than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are related to smoking. In addition to causing lung cancer, smoking is linked to several other types of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke and various respiratory illnesses. Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to deliver low birth-weight babies. If all women quit smoking during pregnancy, 4,000 fewer newborn babies would die each year.

But smokers that know those statistics say that it does not make it any easier to quit. That’s why, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s 35th Great American Smokeout, a longtime wellness coach in the Chicago area is urging smokers to consider a powerful mind-body approach to smoking cessation.

“Hypnotherapy has proven so effective in transforming people’s lives that a number of established medical organizations, including the AMA, have long approved it. It’s an effective treatment of everything from pain and stress to addictions and anxiety. In providing smoking-cessation hypnosis in Oak Park, I’ve seen a two-year success rate of 91 percent among those who completed the program,” said Gina Orlando (, a certified hypnotherapist who also sees many hypnosis clients from Forest Park.

Orlando’s four-session smoking-cessation hypnosis program is based on the practice of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). It focuses on eliminating nicotine cravings, avoiding “triggers” that prompt smokers to reach for a cigarette and dealing with the many emotional facets of overcoming an addiction. To help ensure lasting results, clients receive a self-hypnosis CD and are taught how to use the hypnosis techniques at home. The four sessions, spread over several weeks and total about five hours.

“EFT is a waking-hypnosis technique that uses gentle tapping to help you access your energy system and break up negative emotions and habits,” Orlando said. “Over my years of practice, I’ve found it amazingly effective in helping clients deal with medical problems as well as lifestyle issues. With the Great American Smokeout coming up on November 18, now is the perfect time for smokers to take charge of not just their physical health, but also their mental health. Mind-body tools like EFT hypnosis are an excellent first step.”

Orlando noted that the state of hypnosis is a natural state between wakefulness and sleep, and she emphasized that a person undergoing hypnosis is always in control, is typically very relaxed and is never unconscious.

About Gina Orlando:
Gina Orlando holds a master’s degree with a focus on holistic health promotion from DePaul University. She has worked in the holistic health, natural foods and prevention fields since 1981 and has been a certified hypnotherapist since 2001. In addition to teaching complementary and alternative medical therapies to health professionals, she teaches hypnosis to colleagues in her field and has written extensively on health and wellness topics.

About the Great American Smokeout:
The American Cancer Society urge smokers to quit on the day of the Great American Smokeout, or to set aside part of the day to formulate a plan for quitting. This year’s Smokeout comes just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that new, large warning labels, some with graphic photos depicting the consequences of smoking, will be required on each pack of cigarettes sold in the United States.

Media Contact:
Gina Orlando
[email protected]
915 Pleasant St.
Oak Park, IL 60302

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