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Japan-Canada study pinponts brain's addiction spots

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:53 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A smoker's craving to light up can be tamed by carefully targeted magnetic fields applied to the brain, a senior researcher from a Japanese-Canadian team said today.

Scientists managed to zoom in on the exact spots that drive the need for nicotine, noting that a mental connection made when a smoker is able to have a cigarette markedly increases the desire to spark up.

They found that by interrupting this connection, the addict was better able to control his or her cravings.

"Cabin attendants who smoke say they feel stronger cravings for cigarettes as they approach landing times, no matter whether their flights are long-distance or not," Takuya Hayashi said from Kobe in western Japan.

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