Meditation will wean from cigarette. Part 1
Meditation practices make smokers not to smoke cigarettes till the end.
Meditation makes smoking less even those who is not going to quit: smokers just don't smoke cigarettes till the end. Five hours spent in psychologist's office during two weeks have allowed volunteers reducing quantity of smoked cigarettes by 60 % unwittingly. About this tell researchers made by American scientists results of which were published by them in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Magazine.
Of course it is not news that meditation helps to get rid of drug, alcohol and tobacco dependence. As it is known, meditation during centuries and millenniums is widely practiced in Japan, India, China and other East countries, but during the last 50 years became subject of numerous scientific researches, especially in China. However, its connection with smoking is confirmed only indirectly: was determined its' potential possibility to reduce various stresses and influence structural and functional changes in brain that has to do with them. Also have been carried out successful experiments with smokers that were unable to overcome tortures appeared because of refusing tobacco consumption.
Researchers Michael Posner, Professor of Oregon University and his ex university colleague Yi-Yuan Tan from Texas Tech University in Lubbock decided to work with another contingent of smokers - those who don't mind to quit smoking but even don't try to do this. They have taken 27 volunteers with average age 21 years old who have smoked approximately 10 cigarettes a day, have selected at random 15 people from them (11 men and 4 women) and during two weeks have hold sessions of meditation with them per 5 hours a day. Others have entered control group, the same number of sessions have been hold with them, only it wasn't meditation but general relaxation. To experiments has been attracted one more control group consisted of 33 non-smoking people of the same age, - they haven't taken sessions but participated only in tests.