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Stop Smoking Within One Hour

BFS Video // 2008 // 48 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // January 17th, 2009

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All Rise...

Look into my eyes, you are getting sleepy, and Judge Brett Cullum wants a cigarette for some damn reason.

The Charge

Hope in a plastic case! Can you hypnotize yourself into a nonsmoker?

The Case

I have an admission to make that I am one of those rare people who still smokes years after it has fallen out of fashion. It's more a habit than anything enjoyable, and I'd love to put them down for good. I've quit a few times with the help of the patch and prescription pills, sometimes for a year at a time. I have many ex-smoker friends who swear they went to a hypnotist and the therapy worked best for them. Truly the antismoking industry is a billion dollar business, especially right around a new year, so it's no surprise I found Stop Smoking Within One Hour popping up on the Verdict Docket. It's a guided self-hypnosis meditation designed to help you quit with English hypnotherapist Susan Hepburn as your guide.

I don't know how well this will work for anybody, because it all depends on two things. First, do you truly desire to quit? Second, how easy do you slip in to a hypnotic state? The difference here is you have to do a self-hypnosis method in which you hear Susan, and she guides you through a meditation where she suggests to your mind that your cravings are over. It's not like when you go see a professional hypnotherapist who can see whether or not you're responding in the correct way. So this may be a real hit or miss affair for anybody who wants to kick the habit. Susan claims she has a 96% success rate with her clients, but she also states clearly the smoker and she must work together with a positive attitude and a strong desire to quit. Sounds to me as if she is targeting people who already are on the road to recovery, individuals who should find success quitting no matter what method they choose.

The DVD presentation is actually pretty strong for this type of thing. At the start of the disc we get an introduction to Susan Hepburn, and the story of an English singer she helped. Then you go to a main menu where you can select: a full "program" with introductions and a session of hypnosis, an interview with Susan talking about why her methods work, "hypnosis visualization," which is a guided self-hypnosis accompanied by pictures and images, and another "hypnosis session" without visuals and simply Susan talking to you from a chair. The hypnotic sessions do not vary, so there is a lot of repeated footage here with three of these segments doing the same thing over and over. The only downside to these guided meditations is Susan Hepburn is very English, so she has a strong accent. This may make understanding her a little difficult at times; however, I found her tones quite soothing and nearly sleep-inducing. The transfer is not cinematic, nor does it need to be. Visual quality and sound integrity change throughout the entire DVD depending on conditions of the recording. The hypnosis sessions are clearest, and the interview segments are more problematic. Overall the disc is well produced and attempts to do exactly what it promises.

Susan Hepburn's Stop Smoking Within One Hour is a hard title to judge, since it might work with some viewers. I'm far too much of a control freak to hypnotize easily, so I found it difficult to relax enough to make the sessions effective. Perhaps most people may find this to be true, but a few will respond favorably to the program. It's like anything else, may work for some and not others. I've heard raves about a book by Allen Carr who is also an English therapist who claims he can cure you just by reading his book. England seems to be producing all of these "no muss no fuss stop smoking" gurus, and yet it is a country where cigarettes seem more prominent than ever. It's like here in the US where fitness and personal training industries are taking off while the country only gets bigger. Should we trust all these English people when smoking is still the leading health concern of their country?

So did this disc work for me? No. I immediately went outside and lit up after listening to Susan. I do plan to quit this month, and will revisit the DVD when I approach my day to stop, but I will also try the Allen Carr book along with a physician supervised regimen of either Zyban or Chantex. I figure having three methods going at once is the best way for me to kick the habit. There is no magic bullet though, and quitting smoking is a decision each individual smoker will have to wrestle with on their own terms. Merely buying the DVD will indicate you have a desire to stop, and if that urge to quit is strong enough you will be successful no matter what you do. Good luck on however you decide to improve your health. There is no easy way to do this, but this one's an option out there to try. What have you got to lose other than a bad habit?

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 78

Perp Profile

Studio: BFS Video
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 48 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Instructional

Distinguishing Marks

• None


• Susan Hepburn Official Site

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