Aside from gums and patches, what works for smoking cessation?

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Aside from gums and patches, what works for smoking cessation?

Smoking is a worldwide problem which affects people’s overall health for both young and old. It is a common risk factor attributed to diseases with high mortality rate. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.” These diseases include lung cancer, stroke, cataracts, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, and a lot more than we could ever imagine. With these predominant numbers in the country’s statistics, it is no wonder that health organizations are now more concerned on the prevention of such diseases rather than their cure. And since cigarette smoking is just one, but a very evident risk factor of such, its needed cessation has inspired researchers all over the world to look into all of the possibilities of making it happen.

Common Cessation Conducts

“How to quit smoking?” is one of the most searched words in the internet today, and if looked into, the search would lead one into hundreds of sites that offer different ways on how to stop smoking. Some would discuss different routines and healthier ways of living and some would recommend nicotine patches and gums as recommendations to be able to stop the habit. Most of which are methods which people have already tried, but apparently, smokers are still looking for other ways there are.

Acupuncture for smoking cessation

One proven effective way to quit smoking is undergoing acupuncture treatments. In a study published by the Department of General Practice and Community Medicine in Oslo, Norway, it was found out that acupuncture may reduce the desire to smoke, or may even make an individual quit smoking completely.

Specifically, it stated that the “Test Group reported that cigarettes tasted worse (after the treatments) than before the treatments, and also the desire to smoke fell.” This was backed up by the researchers acquiring blood samples to measure variables with regard to smoking, and it showed that the cotinine in their blood fell as well. It further concluded that the reduction or cessation of smoking which was effected by acupuncture may even last up to five years.

Yes, quitting smoking, people would say is something that a person should be determined to do—and it’s correct. However, the point is that acupuncture will strengthen this determination, and will even physiologically help in the process of a person’s journey to completely quit smoking.

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