Alternative Therapies to Quit Smoking
Quitting With Hypnosis
- Increase your negative feelings toward cigarettes
- Weaken your desire to smoke
- Strengthen your desire to quit
Quitting With Acupuncture
Quitting With Exercise
Quitting With Herbs
Other Ways to Quit
- Participating in contests: Contests with monetary prizes and other incentives may be effective for the short-term, but they have not been shown to have lasting effects.
- Cutting back before quitting: Gradually reducing the amount you smoke may not be any more effective than quitting all at once (“cold turkey”).
- Having transcranial stimulation: This therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in the brain. While it is usually used to treat depression, it has been used to reduce cigarette cravings. Studies have had mixed results as to whether it is effective.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2011 -
- Update Date: 02/25/2013 -