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A new approach to smoking cessation
  1. Y T Kusumi
  1. Kusumi Pain Clinic; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA


    518 chronic smokers received a new modality of stop-smoking therapy. The therapy consists of behaviour modification therapy and ear acupuncture treatment where microelectric stimuli are transmitted to the auricular branches of the vagus nerve in the ear. 308 patients (59.5%) stopped smoking completely. 84 patients (16.2%) reduced the number of cigarettes smoked. 126 patients (24.3%) did not respond to therapy. Since the reasons for smoking are complex, comprehensive psychological and physiological approaches are more effective for stop-smoking therapy.

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