Some quitting methods are less well researched so it is hard to know how much they help. Others have been researched and found to have little or no benefit. Below you'll find information on some of these methods and some useful questions to ask when considering them.
The aim of hypnotherapy for supporting quitting is to put suggestions into your non-conscious mind to weaken the desire to smoke. Research indicates that hypnotism on its own has not been shown to be of any benefit. Some hypnotherapy programs, though, could contain many of the elements of effective coaching so in that sense, it may help. So far this field has been poorly studied and better research is needed.
Acupuncture involves treatment by applying needles to different parts of the body. Related treatments include acupressure, laser therapy, and electro stimulation. There is no clear evidence to support the use of acupuncture or related treatments as a quitting aid, by themselves. Like hypnotherapy, some acupuncture treatments may contain elements of effective coaching. Again, better research is needed.
In Australia, electronic cigarettes have not been assessed for quality or safety so it is not known if they are safe to use. It has also not been established that electronic cigarettes help people to quit smoking. The purchase, possession or use of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is currently unlawful under the Tasmanian Poisons Act.
Quit Tasmania (part of Cancer Council Tasmania) endorses Cancer Council Australia’s position statement on electronic cigarettes (available here).
Smokers of weaker cigarettes end up inhaling the same amounts of tar and nicotine as from the so called “full strength” varieties and have the same risk of smoking-related diseases. There is no evidence that switching to weaker tasting cigarettes reduces addiction or helps smokers quit.