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NHS hospitals must help patients quit smoking, says British Thoracic Society

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 07 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6571

Hypnotherapy more efficient than e-cigarettes

Addiction is NOT treated by transposing patients to other, equally addictive, substances.
Addictive chemicals, by definition, inherently induce ever increasing dosing and abuse.
A recent systematic review and meta-analysis has proved that e-cigarettes are associated with significantly less quitting among smokers. [1]
Abrupt quitting works better than gradual reduction of cigarettes. [2]
Abrupt quitting smoking cessation is achieved by the second most common, and most effective non pharmacological treatment method used worldwide, clinical hypnotherapy. [3]
Even a single hypnotherapeutic session proved more effective than long term nicotine replacement therapy. [4]
Long term smoking abstinence after completed hypnosis therapeutic sessions is well documented.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 January 2017
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Greece