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no-smokingToday the federal government put an extra 62 cents tax on cigarettes. That makes a pack over $9 in New York City, which means more than $250 per month for those who smoke a pack per day.

You can do it!!!

Quitting is a challenge for many, but you can do it. The NYC Department of Health and Human Services is offering help with free nicotine patches and support groups. They also have some good suggestions on their website about preparing mentally like making a list of reasons to quit, finding friends and family who will support you, creating a plan with a specific date that you will quit, and exercising regularly for stress relief. Click here to read more about their program.

I also suggest, as part of the plan, to know what you will do instead of smoking. So if you crave a cigarette, often eating an apple, a pretzel, or chewing gum can occupy the physical habit of doing something.  Its important to have a supportive social group to encourage you to quit.  Online support groups are becoming more popular and many people sing their praises.

I hear some people use acupuncture to quit smoking, is this true?

Ear acupunctureYes, a lot of people use acupuncture for smoking. Acupuncture helps to relax the body and mind to calm the craving for cigarettes, which makes you more comfortable and less irritable. Feeling good can certainly give your will power a boost!

Often, acupuncture for quitting smoking is focused on the ears. Acupuncture works best in combination with other methods, such as stress reduction, nicotine replacement, and a supportive group of friends and family.

 

Want to read more?

Here is a good article about the concept and theory of acupuncture for smoking cessation, and here is one about the research.

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Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

Joseph Alban is a New York Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist providing the highest quality Acupuncture and Chinese medicine care tailored to your needs.
Joseph Alban, L.Ac.

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