International Journal of Yoga

: 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 80-

Mindfulness, an integrated approach for cessation of smoking in workplace

Mahendra P Sharma, Manoj Kumar Sharma 
 Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Manoj Kumar Sharma
Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bangalore

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Sharma MP, Sharma MK. Mindfulness, an integrated approach for cessation of smoking in workplace.Int J Yoga 2013;6:80-80

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Smoke-free workplaces not only protect non-smokers, but also create an environment that encourages smokers to cut back or quit smoking. It can reduce the quantity as well as frequency of smoking during day time. Smoke-free policy at workplace led 4% staff to quit smoking. [1] Majority do persist with smoking due to one or other reasons: to manage stress, reduce anxiety and their inability to overcome the indecisiveness, that is, to smoke or not. There is wide acceptance for yoga-based approaches to manage day-to-day stress, which is a major cause for smoking. One of the 8 components of Patanjali Yoga is Dhyana (meditation). In recent years, mindfulness or Vipassana meditation has received considerable attention among health professionals. It provides the potential for transforming the ways in which we respond to life events and for relapse prevention. In practice of mindfulness, person notice and accept his thoughts as passing mental events occurring in the mind rather than as a truth that defines the self. Thus, mindfulness can alter one's attitude or relation to thoughts such that they are less likely to influence subsequent feelings and behaviors. [2] Cognitive-behavioral mechanisms involve in mindfulness are acceptance, exposure, minimization of experiential avoidance, self-regulation and relaxation. It is also described as a metacognitive state of detached awareness. [3] Metacognitive-based approach for management of craving includes description of particular craving statements, identification of perceived consequences of such cravings and elucidation of perceived effects of psychoactive substance on such cognitive events. Studies have also shown that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in reducing distress related to negative mood states by enhancing metacognitive awareness. [4] Mindfulness is negatively associated with level of nicotine dependence, withdrawal severity, and positively associated with a sense of urgency regarding cessation. [5] It will contribute to enhancement of feeling of well being among smokers. Practicing mindfulness will help them in reducing craving for smoking and enhance their desire to quit smoking. There is a need to use alternative approaches like mindfulness-integrated smoking cessation program to make workplace a smoke-free place.


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