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Brief meditation training induces smoking reduction

OPEN Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | 7 Aug 2013

YY Tang, R Tang and MI Posner
Abstract
More than 5 million deaths a year are attributable to tobacco smoking, but attempts to help people either quit or reduce their smoking often fail, perhaps in part because the intention to quit activates brain networks related to craving. We recruited participants interested in general stress reduction and randomly assigned them to meditation training or a relaxation training control. Among smokers, 2 wk of meditation training (5 h in total) produced a significant reduction in smoking of 60%; no reduction was found in the relaxation control. Resting-state brain scans showed increased activity for the meditation group in the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex, brain areas related to self-control. These results suggest that brief meditation training improves self-control capacity and reduces smoking.
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Stress management, Tobacco smoking, Relaxation technique, Chronic stress, Premotor cortex, Limbic system, Cerebrum, Brain
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