The effects of controlled deep breathing on smoking withdrawal symptoms in dependent smokers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study was designed to assess the effect of controlled deep breathing on smoking withdrawal symptoms. In two laboratory sessions, dependent smokers refrained from smoking for 4 h. During a deep breathing session, participants were instructed to take a series of deep breaths every 30 min. During a control session, participants sat quietly. Controlled deep breathing significantly reduced smoking withdrawal symptoms, including craving for cigarettes and negative affect (tense, irritable), while resulting in the maintenance of baseline arousal (wide awake, able to concentrate) levels. Furthermore, a history of heavy smoking was associated with greater increases in arousal during the deep breathing session. The results of this preliminary study suggest that controlled deep breathing may be useful for relieving symptoms of smoking withdrawal.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McClernon, FJ; Westman, EC; Rose, JE

Published Date

  • June 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 765 - 772

PubMed ID

  • 15135559

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.addbeh.2004.02.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England