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 cold turkey. As a result, you can choose which of the two methods will work best for you.
- 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: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/26/2013 -