rTMS for Smoking Cessation

rTMS for Smoking Cessation

Cigarette smoking remains a significant public health concern. A magnetic field applied to the outside of the skull can produce electrical activity in the brain without significant pain or the need for anesthesia. Sessions of magnetic stimulation or superficial stimulation that does not reach the brain will be used to determine if magnetic stimulation can reduce cue-induced craving and cigarettes consumption in adult nicotine-dependent cigarette smokers. This project may lead to a new therapy for smoking cessation.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Device - Transcranial magnetic stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive (and relatively painless) brain stimulation technology that can focally stimulate the brain of an awake individual. A localized pulsed magnetic field transmitted through a TMS coil is able to focally stimulate the cortex by depolarizing superficial neurons inducing electrical currents in the brain. If TMS pulses are delivered repetitively and rhythmically, the process is called repetitive TMS (rTMS).

Developing rTMS as a Potential Treatment for Nicotine Addiction