Magnets: A New Way to Kick the Tobacco Habit?

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Ambassador visits Bar-Ilan University (Photo credit: UK in Israel)

An intriguing pilot study suggests that stimulating (with electrical currents passed through the skull) an area of the brain linked to addiction may help smokers reduce tobacco cravings.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDC) for the treatment of major depression, but its use for addiction therapy is new.

My take: How fascinating! Whether this technique can lead to more smokers quitting remains an unanswered question. I’m Dr. Michael Hunter.

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Reference: Biological Psychiatry (15 April 2013)

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