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TMS for the Treatment of Smoking Cessation

Chronic smoking impairs brain functions in the prefrontal cortex and the projecting mesocortical limbic system. Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death. However, long-term smoking cessation is known to be difficult for most smokers due to nicotine dependence. Despite the success of multiple tobacco cessation efforts, tobacco use continues to be one of the greatest preventable causes of death and disease today. More than 50 percent of all smokers in the U..S make quit attempts every year, but over 90 percent relapse within 12 months despite the long-term benefits of quitting.

Studies on the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), both repetitive TMS (rTMS) and deep TMS (dTMS) have shown to be beneficial, and the FDA approved TMS for smoking cessation in 2020.

TMS sends electric impulses to a specific area of the brain. When stimulating targeted brain regions associated with craving nicotine or other drugs, it changes brain circuitry that mediates the dependence on the drug and reduces cravings. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) continues to be a primary focus of research for many researchers around the world. TMS is believed to a treatment that could help with a number of psychiatri and neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, addiction, and post-stroke rehabilitation.

Many patients involved in various research studies were shown to stop smoking altogether. Therefore, rTMS has shown to have very positive outcomes and has helped many people to overcome smoking when other methods have failed.


ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory is the nation’s leading resource for reliable and up-to-date information about transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS Directory helps individuals locate a TMS clinician in their geographic area. (TMS) or Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that uses magnetic waves to gently stimulate nerve cells in the brain. Moreover, this is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression.

TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a particularly useful tool for specific mental health-related conditions, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and smoking cessation, in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments.

TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from a mental health condition and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option, TMS Directory can connect you with someone in your area who specializes in treating the the advanced treatment of these conditions.

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