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Self-control says No Smoking!

portrait-322470_640If you actually want to quit smoking, you should strengthen self-control, a new study suggests.

According to the study, exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivates a person to smoke.

Texas Tech University and University of Oregon researchers recruited 60 undergraduate students (27 cigarette smokers and 33 non-smokers) to participate in an integrative body-mind training programme that included relaxation training techniques.

The students were split into two groups so that half received mindfulness meditation training and half received relaxation technique.

addict-84430_640 Before and atthe end of two weeks, after  five hours of 30-minute sessions, the  students received brain scans, filled out  self-report questionnaires, and received  objective measure of carbon monoxide  on their smoking amounts and habits.

Even though many of the students said  they smoked the same number of  cigarettes before and after the  training, for those who received  mindfulness meditation, an objective  measure of carbon dioxide percentage  in their lungs showed a 60 percent  reduction in smoking over two weeks after the study.

“The students changed their smoking behaviour but were not aware of it,” said lead study author Yi-Yuan Tang, a professor of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech.

“When we showed the data to a participant who said they had smoked 20 cigarettes, this person checked their pocket immediately and was shocked to find 10 left,” Tang added.

“If you improve the self-control network in the brain and moderate stress-reactivity, then it’s possible to reduce smoking,” the researcher explained.

Mindfulness meditation is a key strategy to strengthen self-control.

The study was published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.(IANS)

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