In addition to the strategies outlined in this article, people trying to stop smoking use several nontraditional methods. Although none of them has been studied and shown to be successful, some individuals find them worthwhile. As with all strategies designed to help you quit smoking, you should discuss them with your physician first.
Acupuncture and cold laser therapy (which is like acupuncture but uses lasers instead of needles) are popular options. They are meant to relax a person by increasing the release of endorphins, our natural pain-killing hormones. Hypnosis uses suggestion to help people kick their habit. Disposable filters that can be added on to cigarettes reduce the amount of tar and nicotine inhaled. However, these filters often lead to increased smoking.
Other nontraditional methods include diets, combinations of vitamins, and over-the-counter products that are supposed to change the taste of tobacco. Again, none of these has been shown in studies to help people stop smoking. In addition, the drugs atropine and scopolamine given in combination are advertised as helpful to quitters. Usually given by injection at a clinic, they have been approved for other uses but have not been studied and shown to be effective in helping people quit smoking.