A six-week acupoint stimulation intervention for quitting smoking

Am J Chin Med. 2009;37(5):829-36. doi: 10.1142/S0192415X09007314.


This study creates a six-week acupoint stimulation program for quitting smoking by conducting an experimental research design and then evaluating its effects. A total of 59 smokers, 28 +/- 7.6 years of mean age, volunteered to participate and were randomly assigned to the experimental or sham group. The current investigation administered anti-smoking acupoints to the experimental group for six weeks, whereas the sham group used sham acupoints for six weeks. Before and after the six-week intervention, the participants completed questionnaires and offered blood samples. This research collected data of demographic factors, serum cotinine, carbon monoxide exhalation, daily tobacco consumption, and quit smoking rate of participants before and after the six-week intervention. After the intervention, it showed no significant differences in the serum level of cotinine and carbon monoxide exhalation between the two groups. The quit rate in the experimental group was 13.3% and 13.7% in the sham group. However, daily tobacco consumption was 10 cigarettes in the experimental group and 11.21 cigarettes in the sham group. This experimental study used the sham group as the control, resulting in no statistically significant findings. Future studies need more evidence-based research on the exact effect or placebo effect of acupoint stimulation and the appropriate design for sham acupoint, to examine quitting effect using acupoint stimulation in adult smokers.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Points*
  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Adult
  • Carbon Monoxide / analysis
  • Cotinine / blood
  • Exhalation
  • Humans
  • Smoking / blood*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult


  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Cotinine