The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    CAM for smoking cessation?

    A survey of more than a thousand people trying to quit smoking reveals those treatments most commonly used and most often perceived to be effective.

    I listed them here with a brief comment on the scientific support.

    Most commonly used

    • Hypnosis: limited data; improved rate of cessation at 26 weeks in a pilot study
    • Relaxation: one small study about 15 years ago
    • Acupuncture: doesn’t appear to help
    • Meditation: not really

    Most commonly thought to be effective

    • Yoga: one study in 20 people showed increased desire to quit smoking.
    • Relaxation: see above
    • Meditation: see above
    • Massage: not studied

    Although not listed, individual counseling can help smokers quit.

    A lack of scientific evidence does not mean that these approaches never work. Probably what is most important is to find a way to become motivated to quit. If any of these sound like a way to motivate you, by all means, give it a shot.

    12/4/06 14:59 JR

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