2013 Winter Lectures: Charms and harms of natural medicines - Can alternative medicines help you quit smoking? Event as iCalendar

30 July 2013

1 - 2pm

The natural health products industry is said to exceed NZ$1 billion in revenue (including exports). The 2013 Winter Lecture Series featured six weekly lectures that spoke to popular interest in ‘natural’ medicines, and real concerns over their quality, safety and efficacy.

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.

Listen to a recording of the lecture: Can alternative medicines help you quit smoking?