A new way to combat smoking
A new study by scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot shows that the combination of the smell of tobacco with unpleasant miasma is a promising method for the treatment of nicotine addiction.
As discovered by researchers from Israel, smokers who during their sleep exposed to the smell of cigarettes mixed with offensive odor for the night smoked much less cigarettes a few days after this “therapy”.
“Sensory environmental impact during sleep may affect subsequent behavior during wakefulness” – said study author Anat Arzi, a graduate student of Weizmann Institute, who presented the results of their work at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC, USA. According to her opinion, the sleeping brain in this situation sends a smoker subliminal messages that reality will force it to reconsider its attitude to smoking.
Anat Arzi tested the effectiveness of this unique method in a study of 76 adult smokers who want to quit the habit. They kept a diary, which indicates how many cigarettes they smoked for 7 days before and 7 days after the experiment.
For one night sleep in a lab they were exposed to the smell of cigarettes, rotten fish and rotten eggs at different stages of sleep. Odors are not forced volunteers to wake up, but then they cut smoking or abandoned it for a while. However, whether a single “session” to influence human behavior in the long term, remains to be undefined by the author of the method.