Meditation's stealthy smoking benefit

WHEN it comes to quitting smoking, self-control via mindfulness meditation may be more important than the actual desire to quit, a review suggests.

And it can be a surprising, stealthy process.

One study described a mindfulness training patient self-assessing that he’d smoked 20 cigarettes. 

He was then shown carbon monoxide data contradicting that assertion. On checking his pockets, he discovered he’d only smoked 10.

The review authors suggest this evidence shows intention is not necessarily a prerequisite for quitting an addiction.

Citing recent neuroimaging studies