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June 1, 2010, last updated July 18, 2014

By Natalia Real,Contributing Columnist and Susan Callahan,
Health Editor


Most smokers in the United States today are trying to
quit. Accordingly, many seek to circumvent the
traditional chemical treatments and opt for natural
remedies.
But before we look at the top 10 natural ways to quit
smoking, some statistics:

Today, an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1%) and
21.1 million women (18.3%) smoke in the United
States – all of whom suffer from a higher risk of heart
attack and stroke, according to the National Health
Interview Survey (NHIS), 2008, National Center for
Health Statistics.

Remarkably, more than 4 in 5 smokers are trying to
quit, says the American Heart Association. And the
Center for Disease Control informs us that there are
an alarming 440,000 annual smoking-related deaths in
the United States; the Endowment for Human
Development calls smoking the leading preventable
cause of death in the country.

It’s easy to find products boasting their ability to
naturally help smokers quit their habit. But these
products are expensive – and do they even work?
Why not opt for fully natural methods?

Here are the top 10 most effective natural ways to
quit smoking, in no particular order:


























1) Acupuncture – This traditional Chinese procedure
has been used to cure ailments of various kinds since
the second century BC. Although some claim
acupuncture’s effect on smoking cessation is equal to
that of placebo, others swear by it. The idea is that by
sticking needles in specific points in the body, a person’
s “chi” can be realigned: an aligned chi breeds
reduced withdrawal symptoms and hence lowers a
person’s urge to smoke.

A 2001 study from the University of Oslo confirmed
that acupuncture can greatly reduce quit rates among
smokers. 46 individual smokers who smoked an
average of 20 cigarettes a day were divided into two
groups. The group which received acupuncture
managed to smoke 14 fewer cigarettes per day on
average compared with a reduction of  7 cigarettes
per day for the other group.

In other words, the group that received acupuncture
achieved a 100% better quit rate than the group
which did not receive acupuncture.

2) Hypnosis – Some studies have found hypnosis to be
an effective method for smoking cessation. Hypnosis
can help people avoid negative internal dialogues
guilty of sabotaging the process, so that quitting
becomes a fully desirable and positive experience.

A 2008 study from the University of California at San
Francisco led by Timothy Carmody examined whether
smoking was more effective than standard counseling
in helping smokers to quit. The study involved 286
participants separated into two groups. Both groups
also used nicotine patches.  At the end of 12 months,
24% of the group that received hypnosis had
succeeded in not smoking compared with  16% the
group which received standard behavioral therapy, a
difference of 50%.

3) Aromatherapy-based and herbal treatments –
Kava, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, ginseng, and lobelia
are often used to help smokers quit the habit by
diminishing their nicotine cravings.  It is thought that
lobelia acts similarly to nicotine on the body, and the
herb is an active ingredient in many anti-smoking
products. Essential oils used to curb smoking urges
include cypress, peppermint, and lemon.

4) Laser therapy – Analogous to acupuncture but
needle-free, laser therapy makes the brain release
endorphins – just as smoking does – but continuously
and for an extended period of time, which reduces
the physical cravings for nicotine, as well as
withdrawal symptoms and stress associated with
smoking cessation. It is claimed that one session is
enough to last from 6-9 months. There are no known
side effects.

5) Smoking cessation programs – Group or individual
therapy can help aspiring non-smokers. These
programs entail coaching, motivational interviewing,
therapy (often cognitive-behavioral), and
pharmacological counseling.

6) Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Therapy –
EFT is a form of alternative psychotherapy that works
to remove the root cause of a smoker’s addiction in a
few sessions. EFT uses specific language and
“tapping” techniques on a person’s acupuncture
points to reprogram one’s energy field and alleviate
psychological issues.

7) Cold-turkey – Good ol’ cold-turkey. Perhaps
surprisingly, 80 to 90% of long-term quitters in certain
populations have succeeded though this method,
according to the American Cancer Society and a 2006
study conducted by the University of Queensland in
Australia.

8) Ascorbic acid aerosol – A 1993 study conducted by
the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University
Medical Center ran clinical trials using a citric ascorbic
acid aerosol to substitute the sensory cues of smoking
satisfaction, and found that this method significantly
reduces cigarette cravings.

The group undergoing this treatment along with
clinical counseling showed substantially greater
abstinence rates at 3 weeks post-cessation (even
after these subjects quit using the spray), compared
to subjects who received counseling alone.

It's worth a try. A lemon or orange spray spritz
aerosol is relatively easy to find or make at home. Or,
try eating a slice or two of oranges, lemons, kiwis,
limes or other citrus when you feel the need to smoke
to help to reduce your cravings.


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buds to oranges and other citrus foods can significantly
reduce cigarette cravings.