Smoking & Nicotine Cessation

In 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) using BrainsWay technology for smoking addiction/smoking cessation treatment. We’re proud to be one of the first treatment centers in the country to offer this revolutionary treatment with BrainsWay Deep TMS.

Health Risks Associated With Smoking

Smoking and Death:

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
  • 480,000 people die each year as a result of cigarette smoking

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Smoking causes stroke and coronary heart disease
  • Smoking fewer than five cigarettes a day can cause cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking damages blood vessels and can cause blood clots

Smoking and Lung Disease:

  • Smoking causes COPD, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis
  • Smoking can trigger or exacerbate an asthma attack
  • Smokers are more than 10 times likely to die of COPD than non-smokers

Smoking and Cancer

Most people know smoking causes lung cancer. What most people don’t know is that smoking can also cause the following types of cancer:

  • Bladder
  • Blood (leukemia)
  • Cervix
  • Colon and rectum
  • Esophagus
  • Kidney and ureter
  • Larynx
  • Liver
  • Mouth, including the throat, tongue, soft palate, and tonsils
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach

Smoking and Various Health Risks:

  • Smoking can make it harder for a woman to become pregnant and cause serious complications during pregnancy, and have a negative impact on the health of the fetus
  • Smoking reduces sperm count in men
  • Smoking degrades bone health
  • Smoking increases risk of cataracts, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, gum disease, and tooth loss

We think those are all compelling reasons to quit smoking.

Relief Mental Health has a solution: transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Evidence-based Treatment for Smoking Cessation: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment for smoking cessation. TMS works by emitting gentle magnetic pulses to the area of the brain that regulates mood. These pulses activate specific areas of the brain and decrease symptoms of depression. Patients will sit comfortably in a chair during their 20-minute session and can drive themselves home after treatment.

TMS does not require anesthesia, hospitalization, and has no systemic side effects.

BrainsWay Technology

Relief TMS uses BrainsWay technology which has been demonstrated to have exceptional efficacy due to its broad and deep prefrontal stimulation. Unlike medication, the benefits of TMS are durable. This means that patients experience lasting remission of symptoms long after treatment has been completed. Even in cases where medications have not proven effective, TMS can help our patients overcome their symptoms.

TMS does not require…

anesthesia, hospitalization, and has no systemic side effects. During the 20-minute treatment session, patients sit in a comfortable chair and engage with our staff. This extra engagement during treatment helps improve the efficacy of treatment and yield better results compared to other TMS clinics. Patients are awake and alert throughout treatment but typically don’t experience any pain.

The FDA based their approval on a study that showed definitive results on the effectiveness of TMS for smoking cessation. Among 262 adults who reported smoking cigarettes or tobacco for an average of 26 years, the study showed:

Four weeks after beginning treatment:

  • 28.4% quit rate for patients with TMS
  • 11.7% quit rate for patients with placebo

Four months after beginning treatment:

  • 17.1% quit rate for patients with TMS
  • 7.9% quit rate for patients with placebo

Those results change the game with regards to smoking cessation. This development is particularly important when you consider the following facts, published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In 2015:

  • 68.0% of adult smokers said that they wanted to quit smoking

In 2015:

  • 31.2% of adult smokers reported using counseling or medication when trying to quit
  • 6.8% of adult smokers reported using counseling
  • 29.0% (7.1 million) reported using medication
  • 4.7% (1.1 million) reported using both counseling and medication when trying to quit.

In 2018:

  • 55.1% of adult smokers said that they had made a quit attempt in the past year
  • 7.5% of adult smokers successfully quit smoking in the past year

22.7 million people wanted to quit, 21.5 million tried but failed, 2.9 million quit successfully, 7.6 million admitted they needed help, 1.7 million sought counseling to help them quit, 7.1 million tried to quit with the help of medication, and 1.1 million tried to quit with the help of both counseling and medication.

Millions of people want to quit – and they’re ready to try with support of medication and counseling, rather than going cold turkey on their own.

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