2013 Winter Lecture 2: Can alternative medicines help you quit smoking? Event as iCalendar

30 July 2013

1 - 2pm

Venue: Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred Street, City Campus

Speaker: Dr Natalie Walker PhD

Smoking is the most significant cause of lost healthy life in New Zealand, and contributes substantially to the 10-year life expectancy difference between Māori and non-Māori. Smoking cessation dramatically reduces the risk of smoking–related diseases, such as heart disease and cancer, and is thus a key strategy for reducing health inequalities. In New Zealand, there is a variety of proven services (such as Quitline) and medications, including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), bupropion, nortriptyline and varenicline (Champix®) to help people stop smoking. Despite easy access to most of these medicines, some people who smoke prefer to use complementary/alternative medicines and therapies to help them quit. This presentation will discuss the various complementary/alternative medicines used by New Zealand smokers trying to quit, and will summarise the evidence around each method regarding their safety and efficacy. Methods discussed will include acupuncture, the Allen Carr’s Easyway programme, hypnosis, Nicobrevin, St John’s wort, bioresonance therapy and cytisine.

Natalie currently heads up the Addiction Research programme at the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) at the University, and is co-director of a new Centre for Addiction Research at the University. The Addiction Research group at NIHI has a strong focus on tobacco control, and conducts large, community-based clinical trials focussing on new ways of delivering existing cessation treatments, and testing whether new cessation products and interventions are both safe and effective.

Learn more about this lecture on 95bFM interview with Dr Natalie Walker .

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public. No bookings required.

Contact info: For further information phone 373 7599 ext 87698