Hypnotherapy vs Nicotine Replacement Therapy

On smoking cessation,

Results: Hypnotherapy (H) patients were more likely than nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patients to be non-smokers at 12 weeks (43.9% vs. 28.2%; p = 0.14) and 26 weeks after hospitalization (36.6% vs. 18.0%; p = 0.06). Smoking abstinence rates in the HNRT group were similar to the H group. There was no difference in smoking abstinence rates at 26 weeks between “self quit” and participants in any of the treatment groups. In multivariable regression analysis adjusting for diagnosis and demographic characteristics, H and HNRT were over three times more likely than NRT participants to abstain at 26-weeks post-discharge (RR = 3.6; p = 0.03 and RR = 3.2; p = 0.04, respectively).

Conclusion: Hypnotherapy is more effective than NRT in improving smoking abstinence in patients hospitalized for a smoking-related illness, and could be an asset to post-discharge smoking cessation programs.

Hasan, F. M., Zagarins, S. E., Pischk, K. M., Saiyed, S., Bettencourt, A. M, Beal, L., Macys, D., Aurora, S., McCleary, N. (2014). Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: results of a randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapeutic Medicine, Vol 22(1), 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctim.2013.12.012