Brain stimulation may aid smokers to quit

The randomised, double-blind, crossover study compared repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and sham TMS of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in 16 smokers in two visits separated by a week.

When shown cue images of cigarette smoking, participants receiving rTMS had significantly reduced craving scores compared to controls (64 points vs 46 points).

The effect of rTMS on cue craving was positively correlated with nicotine dependence scores and the number of cigarettes