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Brain stimulation could help smokers quit

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November 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
There could soon be a high-tech treatment to help smokers kick the habit.

A study found that stimulating the brain in certain ways can manipulate smokers' cravings for cigarettes.

Researchers at Duke University used brain imaging technology to identify parts of the brain activated during cravings.

They used non-invasive magnetic stimulation in those areas.

They said that at high frequency, it reduced smokers' cravings.