Potential short-term effects (low quality evidence), weak positive evidence (more than 6 months) (White 2014 – Cochrane update)(1)

Wang etc. 2019 ( SR &MA) 24 trials including 3984 candidates; acupuncture plus auricular acupressure showed more benefit for short-term cessation; Acupuncture in combination with counselling, educational smoking cessation program had more benefit for long-term cessation (2).


  1. White AR, Rampes H, Liu JP, Stead LF, Campbell J. Acupuncture and related interventions for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014(1):Cd000009.
  2. Wang JH, van Haselen R, Wang M, Yang GL, Zhang Z, Friedrich ME, Wang LQ, Zhou YQ, Yin M, Xiao CY, Duan AL. Acupuncture for smoking cessation: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 24 randomized controlled trials. Tobacco induced diseases. 2019;17.