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.
The sale of nicotine in the form of an e-cigarette in Tasmania is against the law. There is also a lack of evidence that e-cigarettes are safe to use, or that they help people to quit smoking.
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.