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Acupuncture and hypnotherapy have not been shown to aid smoking cessation over and above any placebo effect.



The small number of trials which have compared acupuncture to a ‘sham’ procedure have not shown any long-term benefit. Some of the short-term benefit of acupuncture may be due to the placebo effect combined with the counselling and support component. The same applies to hypnotherapy.



White AR, Rampes H, Ernst E. Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011; 1.

Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. May 2008.

Barnes J, Dong CY, McRobbie H, Walker N, Mehta M, Stead LF. Hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, 10.
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