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Can acupuncture work to quit smoking?

My husband wants to quit smoking. I have tried acupuncture for other things like back pain and coughs etc, but not sure if it can work for quitting smoking.

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ColleenO
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Answered 8 years ago

Acupuncture has been used to treat various addictions, including opium and cocaine, and is also thought to help people who are trying to break their addiction to nicotine. Some clinical studies evaluating the effects of acupuncture indicate that it is effective for smoking cessation. A study published in 2006 examined 13 studies that used acupuncture for smoking cessation; ten of the studies showed that acupuncture is effective for smoking cessation.

Acupuncture may be most helpful when combined with other methods of smoking cessation.

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