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Magnets and giving up smoking

The harmful effects of smoking are so well-known that to some it is a mystery that anyone still smokes. But the sad reality is that like many other forms of addictive behaviour it is easier to start than stop. Quitting when doing something hard is easy. Quitting something that gives immediate pleasure – albeit at a high price further down the line – is not easy at all.

That is why there is a quit smoking industry that threatens to rival the tobacco industry itself. But that only shows the size and scale of the problem. And of course the underlying cause of the problem is that it is a sub-category of a more general problem called addictive behaviour and thus very hard to beat.

There are numerous treatments available to help smokers trying to quit but many of them do not really help. For example nicotine patches and gum offer an alternative source of nicotine so that the smoker can get his fix of the drug without the need to smoke. This enables the smoker to avoid the other harmful substances in cigarettes such as tar, but it does nothing to end the addiction to nicotine, which is itself a poison.

Nicotine filters do the exact opposite, depriving the smoker of much of the nicotine. But the smoker then smokes more to make up for this deprivation, thereby taking in more tar and other harmful ingredients.

There are a number of alternative health remedies that have a somewhat better success rate, such as hypnotherapy, homeopathic medicine, Chinese acupuncture and something called “aural acupuncture,” which involves attaching a clip to the ear.  This method can be combined with magnet therapy in the form of magnetic earrings.

As part of the psychological pleasure of smoking comes from the hand movements that accompany the act of smoking, one can augment the effect of the earrings with a magnetic bracelet on the wrist of the hand where one is most likely to hold the cigarette, or even both. Whilst the effect of this latter part of the magnetic therapy is more psychological than physical, it has been shown to be remarkably effective.