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NRT ‘not effective’ for smoking cessation, research finds

By Elizabeth Smythe

A new study has discovered that Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) are not effective long-term smoking cessation methods, The Telegraph reports.

The products, which include patches, inhalers, nasal sprays and gum, were investigated by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Massachusetts, who followed the progress of nearly 800 recent quitters over three time periods.

They found that there was no significant difference in relapse rates among those who had used NRT and those who had not. Similarly, there was no difference in success rates.

However, according to Metro, heavy smokers who used NRT without professional therapy were “twice as likely to relapse”.

Lead author, Hillel Alpert said: “This study shows that using NRT is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one’s own.”

Giving up smoking is by no means an easy undertaking. In most cases it is a habitual behaviour that is hard to change, something NRT cannot tackle.

Fortunately, stop smoking hypnosis can be extremely effective, employing cognitive behavioural therapy to reprogramme the unconscious mind and change those ingrained habits. An additional benefit is that this method is nicotine free.

Mr Alpert continued: “Some heavily-dependent smokers perceive nicotine replacement therapy as a sort of “magic pill”. Upon realising it is not, they find themselves without support in their quitting efforts, doomed to failure.”

As a result of the study findings, the researchers are calling for greater regulation of over-the-counter NRT products and for more empirical research. Mr Alpert also suggested that using public money to fund the provision of NRT was now “of questionable value.”

Hypnotherapy effective for smoking cessation, expert says

Hypnotherapy has been highlighted as a great way for habitual smokers to quit, so says The Daily Mirror.

At this time of year, hundreds of people vow to give up smoking as one of their New Year resolutions. Sadly, large numbers fail to stick to their plan and reach their goal.

However, “latest research” cited by the newspaper recommends a great starting point for hopeful quitters – understanding what sort of smoker they are and following a cessation method which is appropriate.

For those whose smoking habit has become ingrained into the routine of their day, it is suggested that retraining the brain could be an effective solution – done via stop-smoking hypnosis.

Cognitive behavioural therapy could help nicotine addicts break the associations they have with cigarette and replace them with “new, healthier habits.”

Working with the unconscious mind could be key, writes expert Kirsty Hanley for Huffington Post UK, especially as it controls approximately 90 per cent of what we do.

‘Post-hypnotic’ messages absorbed during childhood can affect behaviour into adulthood, she says: “The good news is that these patterns can be changed and, with the right help, often quicker than you might imagine.”

Over ten million British people smoke. Some 80,000 die each year from smoking-related diseases, hence why giving up smoking is one of the best health decisions an individual can ever make.

By Elizabeth Smythe