How You Could Use EFT Tapping To Quit Smoking

EFT Tapping To Quit Smoking

In this article, we will look at the harmful effects of smoking and overcoming this harmful behaviour, with the help of EFT Tapping. This alternative therapeutic method is very helpful to individuals who are addicted to smoking.

I was on the verge of losing my job and everything I'd worked for, didn't seem to matter anymore. I was stressed, frustrated and most of all, I was afraid of having to start over. 

The only thoughts that came to mind were, "What would my parents think?", "Will I find another well paying job?", "Am I going to end up being a failure?". 

All of it was so overwhelming, I just couldn't help it. I got a pack of cigarettes and took a long, satisfying drag; it felt like all my troubles were melting away. It helped me so much during times of distress that I just couldn't resist smoking even while facing minor issues.

The habit got to a point where I started having breathing difficulties and had to be taken to the ER, which is when the doctor advised me to take care and manage my smoking habits, or else there was no telling how badly it was going to affect me.

Since I had my own practice based on Emotional Freedom Techniques, I used EFT Tapping to overcome my addiction, and it changed my life. 

From smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day to 1 pack a week and so on, EFT helped me get rid of this addiction that may have possibly ended my life.

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While we may have all seen the warning, "cigarette smoking is injurious to health" on cigarette packets or advertisements yet a smoker might filter the warning out completely.

Most people are easily lured into thinking that addictive behaviours are going to help them in the long run, but by the time they realise how it's affecting them, it's too late. They wish they could quit, but somehow they couldn't.

Not even the alarming research reports of deaths as a result of smoking or inhaling another person's smoke seems to deter them:

  • The annual deaths, as a result of smoking-related diseases, were 7.1 million worldwide.
  • Of the 7.1 million, 884,000 deaths were as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoking also known as passive smoking (1).

"Smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide, without actually dying."

Damient hirst

Why Do People Smoke?

Sometimes a smoker might want to smoke because they want to (2):

  • Be on their own and away from people and immersed in their thoughts
  • Feel part of the "gang" and in the crowd
  • Feel the confidence and in control
  • Relax after a stressful day
  • It has a mellowing effect on them

Although people might smoke for fun initially, it can turn into a pattern. They form a mental or emotional dependency on the cigarette, since nicotine is addictive. It distracts the user from unpleasant feelings, but as it starts to wear off, the user tends to light another cigarette up again.

In fact, nicotine is so addictive that when there was a research conducted on 28 people to review if they can quit the substance they were addicted to, they found that even though 58% of people were able to quit drinking and cocaine, collectively, only 8% were able to quit smoking (3).

The important thing to remember is that 'smoking or any other addiction or craving can be given up only if the person is fully convinced that they want to.


Regardless of how often you smoke, the consequences of smoke getting into your body are going to be harmful and very risky. It can lead to problems that may surface immediately and/or in the long-term (4).

>>   Here are some of the effects of smoking on our body:

  • Harm and damage to the body's internal organs
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat and kidneys
  • Heart diseases
  • Insomnia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Increased risk of blood and/or lung cancer
  • Age-related macular degeneration 
  • Weakened immune system

>>   Pregnant women who smoke have a higher risk of:

  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancy and abortion is advised
  • Baby born with a cleft palate or cleft lip
  • Baby born at a lower weight

In addition to all of these issues, smoking also has long-term, immediate consequences that require constant and on-going care, like:

  • High blood pressure (making you prone to heart attacks)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased risk for diabetes, bronchitis and artery diseases
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Of course, smoking is a choice and in my private practice I notice those who smoke and want to give up and have not yet managed to, because of having something known as secondary gain.

Secondary gain is where you have the benefit of not giving up smoking. For example, chances are someone who smokes might have anxiety. The act of smoking calms the anxiety down. The smoker is taking a breath in and out which calms the nervous system down.

So I really empathise with smokers and understand the reason they might not want to give up.

Nevertheless, smoking is a harmful addiction and habit, which people need to let go of, in order to live a longer, happier life. Since it is quite difficult to quit, becoming clear of your goals and making sure you are in the right headspace to get rid of this addiction, will make it easier for you to recover from it. 


Many of us have come across people who smoke on the streets, in our friend circle or even at home. When we breathe in the smoke they let out, it is known as Passive Smoking.

Second-hand smoke is very harmful and non-smokers who inhale this are very prone to lung cancer and are also vulnerable to cancer of the upper throat and/or the larynx. Children are particularly at risk for chronic health problems caused by passive smoking.

passive smoking

It is extremely harmful and people who live with individuals who smoke regularly, are at increased risk for tobacco-related health issues, like (5):

  • Lower levels of antioxidant vitamins in the blood
  • It can affect how your blood vessels regulate blood flow
  • 20% to 30% higher risk of lung cancer
  • Since the blood becomes sticky and clot, they have a higher chance of getting strokes.

Now, active smokers believe that their reasons for smoking are valid. However, passive smoking is a very strong motivation to quit it. If you're finding it hard to quit, the health of your family members and peers is enough to make you want to let go of this bad habit. 

You wouldn't want anything happening to them, would you?

There may be times that either you or your clients want to quit, but are unable to do so. They have tried so many things however nothing works.

In such a situation, an addiction may be difficult to break because addictive substances and highly intense actions trigger the release of dopamine in the individual’s brain. 

One good way to beat an addiction and especially smoking is through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

If you are new to EFT, you can download the free booklet below that gives you the detailed steps on how you can use EFT Tapping.

New To EFT? Learn How EFT Tapping Heals, Including Smoking

Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

If a person is not fully convinced or does not really want to give up smoking, chances are that the urge to smoke may return.

So when working with a client who wants to quit smoking gaguing their commitment levels is a really good place to begin. More details on this step and the additional steps to help your clients stop smoking are below: 


EFT Tapping to quit smoking, is a clinically proven therapeutic method. Since smoking addictions are extremely common and difficult to let go, there are certain tapping methods to help you overcome this negative, harmful habit.


Begin The EFT Process By Asking Yourself

  • What made you feel like smoking?
  • When did you first feel like smoking?
  • What happened, to make you feel this way?
  • Would you could quit smoking, if you could?


Start Tapping On The Side Of Your Hand

“Even though I feel the need to smoke ….. and I can feel it in my ….. and it’s at a number ….. and it makes me feel ….., I deeply and completely love and accept myself."

Repeat this 3 times.


Start Tapping On The Upper Body, Facial And Finger Tapping Points

  • Eyebrow: I feel like smoking because …..
  • Side of Eye/Temple: I feel it in my …..
  • Under Eye: It’s at a number …..
  • Under nose: It makes me feel …..
  • Chin: It’s in my ….. at a number …..
  • Collarbone: It makes me feel ….
  • Under the arm: So ….
  • Thumb: So ….
  • Index Finger: I feel like smoking because …..
  • Middle Finger: I feel it in my …..
  • Little Finger: So ….


 End This Sequence By Tapping On The Side Of Your Hand Again

“Even though I feel the need to smoke ….. and I feel it in my ….. and it’s at a number ….. and it makes me feel ….., I deeply and completely love and accept myself."

Repeat this only once.


 Take A Deep Breath And A Sip Of Water.


Test Yourself By Asking,

“What intensity is this the urge to smoke at?”

If it has reduced to a level you feel happy with, you can stop. If you would want to reduce it more, start the procedure again.


Emotional Freedom Technique is an alternative therapeutic technique that helps people overcome physical and mental problems that they go through. It is an effective and long lasting method that doesn't take up a lot of time for administration as well.

EFT Tapping to Quit Smoking stimulates the body to let go of any negativity that causes the individual to smoke. It increases the body's ability to fight the urge to smoke or relapse back into the old pattern.

EFT tapping to quit smoking is also clinically proven and was of use to a lot of people who were once addicted to the habit of smoking.

There has been clinical evidence of EFT Tapping to Quit Smoking being successful, for instance:

  • During an EFT workshop, 39 adults battling addiction indicated a significant reduction in psychological distress, once they made of Emotional Freedom Techniques. There were also improvements on the intensity of their psychological symptoms, anxiety and OCD scales (6).

Even though Emotional Freedom Techniques can be administered on the self, it is recommended to consult a professional EFT Practitioner to get help for physical and/or emotional issues you may be facing.

New To EFT? Learn How EFT Tapping Heals, Including Smoking

Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

While some people find quitting empowering, others may find it really difficult, and it is completely normal, since everyone's body responds to things differently.

During the process of quitting, there may be instances where you might face withdrawals, where you desperately feel like smoking again. These symptoms can range from a normal flu to something even life-threatening. 

Since addictions can mask mental health disorders, it is very important to address these issues, or else you will not be able to let go of this negative habit. 

With EFT Tapping, what you will find is that smoking leaves you rather than you leaving smoking. It is advisable that every time you want to smoke or have the urge to smoke, complete a round of EFT Tapping before lighting up. 

It is important to remember that smoking, alcohol or any other addiction can be eliminated for good. 

Emotional Freedom Techniques can help dig deeper into the real emotion that keeps someone addicted to a substance and eliminate it from it's root cause.


Dr Rangana Rupavi Choudhari (PhD)

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In summary, quitting and addiction is difficult for everyone and people will have different responses during the process. However, it is not impossible to let go of this negative, harmful habit. EFT can help you to quit smoking. As the emotions, memories and beliefs associated with smoking start to lift, smoking will leave you versus the other way round.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.

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