Are you among those who have been trying hard to kick the cigarette butt in vain? A new method discovered by researchers may help you succeed and pleasantly so.
According to a paper published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, sniffing pleasant aroma may help control nicotine cravings in people who have been trying to quit smoking. This may lead to kick the habit completely, if the practice is made part of “smoking cession plan”.
The research involved 232 smokers, between 18 and 55 years of age. They participated in an experiment in which they were asked to sniff different pleasant odours, such as lemon, peppermint, chocolate, apple, and vanilla, as well as tobacco smell from their cigarettes, followed by containers that didn’t have any smell. They were also made to rate the urge to smoke on a scale of 1 to 100 after sniffing.
It was found that those who smelled pleasant odours had significantly reduced craving for smoking than those who smelled tobacco and no-odour. It is concluded that sniffing pleasant aromas perhaps works as it distracts smokers from the thoughts around smoking and engage their minds elsewhere.
The researchers say “the use of pleasant odours shows promise for controlling nicotine cravings in individuals who are trying to quit smoking”. However, they admit the need of further research to determine if this method is useful alone or in combination with other methods for smoking cessation.