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SCAN: Giving up smoking? Put your mind to it

5 January 2012

On the OUPblog, Cecilia Westbrook discusses the findings of her Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience paper, which suggests that mindfulness can positively affect cigarette craving.

"Everybody knows that smoking is bad for you. Yet quitting smoking is a challenging endeavour – insurmountable for some. Even smokers who get the best help available still have a 50% chance of relapsing. Clearly, the more options we have to help with cessation, the better. Recent research suggests that meditation and mindfulness may be beneficial for smokers looking to extinguish the habit."

Read the full blog post.

Read the paper: Mindful attention reduces neural and self-reported cue-induced craving in smokers

Published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, Advance Access, 11 November 2011