Researchers have discovered that a meditation practice that helps individuals to control stress also significantly reduces tobacco use.
Addiction to smoking and other substances is well known to involve a particular set of brain areas related to self-control.
In a new study, researchers wondered if a training approach designed to influence this addiction pathway could influence smokers to reduce their tobacco use — even if smokers did not intend to do so.
The study, published online in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that smokers trained with a form of mindfulness meditation known as Integrative Body-Mind Training (IBMT) curtailed their smoking by 60 percent.
Subjects in a control group that received a relaxation regimen showed no reduction. (MORE)
Source: Psych Central