Brit hypnotist ‘to help pop queen give up cigs’

BRITNEY Spears wants to quit smoking – and she’s all set to call in a world-renowned British guru to help her.The singer is desperate to kick her 20-a-day habit before becoming a mum and has been recommended to use stop-smoking expert Allen Carr, who has weaned dozens of celebrities off tobacco.The newlywed could start one of Carr’s courses as soon as she returns from her honeymoon in Fiji with husband Kevin Federline.”She has made no secret about wanting a baby but doesn’t want to be puffing away if she’s pregnant,” said a close pal.”When she quits smoking she wants it to be forever. She’s tried other forms of quitting and they have simply not worked.”Britney’s going to contact Allen’s people as soon as she can to get an appointment.”Carr, 69, told the Sunday Mirror he was confident he could help Britney quit.”I’m delighted when anyone would want to use my books or clinics,” he said.

Britney’s first step to being nicotine-free would be a £195 five-hour course at one of Carr’s clinics.The course involves a combination of psychotherapy to look at why she smokes and hypnotherapy to help reinforce her will to quit. During one-to-one sessions the therapist won’t talk about the usual health and cost reasons to stop smoking.Instead, they will talk about all the reasons she does smoke, then “dismantle them one by one”.During the Paul McKenna-style hypnotherapy session, the room will be darkened, and she will lie down and close her eyes while the therapist reinforces the messages from the session.Other celebs who have used Carr’s methods include Sir Richard Branson, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julie Christie, Marie Helvin, Leslie Grantham, Martin Clunes, Robson Green, Sean Bean and Ronnie O’Sullivan.Carr, from Putney, South-West London, used to smoke a lung-busting 100 cigarettes a day but quit for good in 1983.

The father of four has more than 40 “Easyway” clinics in 18 countries which he says have a 90 per cent success rate and have helped cure 100,000 smokers.His 15 self-help books also sell in their millions.Adding more weight to the pregnancy rumours, Britney has pulled the plug on all recording commitments for the next year.A source at her record company Jive said her “life as a wife must come first”.”She is focused and committed to motherhood. She knows having a baby will change her life and can’t wait to be a mum,” said the source.Britney married dancer Federline last month in Los Angeles.Since then rumours have grown that she is expecting a baby next year. Thanks


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