The estimated mean treatment effects were acupuncture (odds ratio [OR], 3.53; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.03-12.07), hypnotherapy (OR, 4.55; 95% CI, 0.98-21.01), and aversive smoking (OR, 4.26; 95% CI, 1.26-14.38).
The results suggest that acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help smokers quit. Aversive smoking also may help smokers quit, but there are no recent trials investigating this intervention.
The research team concludes that more evidence is still needed to determine whether these interventions are as efficacious as pharmacotherapies.
Citation: Tahiri M, Mottillo S, Joseph L, Pilote L, Eisenberg MJ. Alternative smoking cessation aids: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. The American Journal of Medicine 2012 Jun;125(6):576-84. Epub 2012 Apr 11.