Smoking is the worst thing you can do to your body. It has million negative effects and none positive. In last 50 years we saw many campaigns that should help you quit smoking. For some people they were successful. Thanks to them, we saw that many young people quit smoking. A two years ago, in 2013, the smoking rate among younger people was lower by 25% than in 2005 and 50% lower than in 1995. Although, this looks like a good news, it isn’t enough.
There are many people who are still smokers. Only in the US, 42 million people smoke. Thanks to Jonathan Bricker from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, there is a new way to quit smoking. He is testing new forms of mindfulness and acceptance therapy that should be very useful. Those studies were so successful that he is one of the candidates for Geekwires Geek of the Year Award. He is having a better results than other campaigns that should help people quit smoking. Many of the programs today, should provide motivational counseling and encourage smokers to avoid situations that can trigger their cravings. When they have a need for a cigarette they should distract themselves with something else.
All of those programs may be counterproductive. Jonathan is using a concept of acceptance, value-based living and defusion. He noticed that if a smoker can accept his urges and get philological distance from them and pay attention to his values, a real progress is possible. Today, there are 7 controlled trials of ACT for smoking and there are 1000 participants. The success rate is two times higher than on conventional programs.