Cessation of Smoking, Another Pandemic, by AcupunctureJul. 21,2020
With the ongoing research on pathogenic factors and influences of COVID-19 pandemic, medical authorities have warned that smoking, whatever the form is, is harmful to body systems, especially cardiovascular and respiratory systems, and smokers are more vulnerable to COVID-19 infection than non-smokers.
Furthermore, according to the findings revealed by the World Health Organization, smokers with COVID-19 are more likely to develop acute respiratory distress syndrome and be exacerbated to severe or critical cases. That is to say, smoking may substantially increase the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Cigarette smoking is one of the most serious public health problems in the world today. Every year, as many as six million people die worldwide due to smoking, exceeding the sum of the deaths caused by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, tuberculosis, and malaria. In order to reduce and ultimately eradicate the prevalence of smoking, countries and regions in the world actively carry out tobacco control activities and smoking cessation campaigns.
In 2013, the study of smoking cessation with acupuncture and moxibustion was included into the national special scientific research project of TCM industry in China. Based on large-sample previous efficacy observations on smoking cessation with acupuncture and moxibustion, multi-center, randomized controlled studies were conducted to evaluate its efficacy.
“Since there are individual differences between people quitting smoking, it is difficult to effectively help them get rid of tobacco dependence without a targeted quitting strategy”, said Chai Xin in the paper Effects of different smoking cessation regimens with acupuncture and their influence factors: A multi-center randomized controlled trial, “If the influencing factors of acupuncture and moxibustion in smoking cessation are found, it will be very likely to improve the quitting results by developing corresponding smoking cessation strategies”, she added.
In this paper, the clinical efficacy of acupuncture on smoking cessation has been further confirmed by the comparison of the clinical effects of different smoking cessation methods. The research has shown that making clear the factors of acupuncture influencing smoking cessation can help develop individual smoking cessation program for each patient so as to improve the clinical effects.
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