TMS treatment for smoking addiction

Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. TMS can stop you craving cigarettes, letting you feel fitter and reducing your risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating smoking addiction. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses magnetic pulses to calm the areas of your brain that cause cravings, helping you to stop reaching for your cigarettes.

Around 7.4 million people in the UK smoke. Most people know when they are addicted to smoking, but not everyone can identify the signs of their addiction because they become a standard part of day to day life.

Signs of smoking (or nicotine) addiction may include:

• Spending time thinking about smoking when you’re unable to have a cigarette
• Needing a cigarette as soon as you wake up
• Being unable to resist the urge to smoke
• Suffering from withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, increased appetite and anxiety

Every year, addiction prevents millions of people from quitting smoking.

Research has shown that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can be an effective way to tackle an addiction to nicotine and help you stop smoking.

The Royal College of Physicians states that, “…nicotine delivered through tobacco smoke should be regarded as an addictive drug,” and “…cigarettes are highly efficient nicotine delivery devices and are as addictive as drugs such as heroin or cocaine”.

It’s no wonder that many methods of quitting – from nicotine patches to hypnotherapy – can prove unsuccessful.

How does TMS treatment work to stop smoking?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works by targeting the areas of the brain that control addiction.

With no anaesthetic, no medication, no need for hospitalisation and no recovery time, this non-invasive treatment uses a repetitive magnetic pulse to stimulate the parts of the brain that cause alcohol cravings and dependence.

When treating smoking addiction, 15 sessions of TMS will be prescribed. These will be booked daily for three weeks (Monday to Friday).

What our patients say

Around my 7th session, I found waking up easier, I walked to the clinic without any of my usual cravings and managed to sit in the pub with friends without giving in to their offers. I felt settled and comfortable within myself, which is something I haven't felt for a long time.

Mr T

Going cold turkey had left me anxious and irritable in the past, but I have absolutely none of these feelings associated with quitting. TMS took that all away.


During treatment, I felt like I was struggling to even think about my addiction. I couldn't remember how it made me feel or associate with it at all. A moment of grieving the addiction that had carried me through hard times was replaced by elation - I could finally start to live my life.

Mr F

Continuous Care

Overcoming addiction is no easy task, especially when temptation is everywhere. Whether you’re used to having a cigarette after your breakfast or last thing at night, our aftercare packages are designed to help you stay in remission, despite the temptations you’ll face.

Patients going into remission from their smoking addiction with Smart TMS can benefit from the following aftercare treatment:

  • Smart TMS Monthly: Two monthly TMS treatments to keep you feeling your best
  • Smart TMS On-Demand: Become a member of our Smart TMS On-Demand scheme, entitling you to exclusive discounts on treatment, should you relapse or feel that you’re going to.

Have you had TMS treatment at a different clinic? Smart TMS can supply your aftercare, too!

Learn more about Continuous Care

Is TMS right for me?

Smoking addiction is treatable, and Smart TMS can help.

Most people are suitable to receive TMS treatment.

To help you make up your mind about treatment, our practitioners offer pre-arranged clinic visits to answer any questions you have and show you the TMS machine.

If you would like to arrange a clinic visit, call the team on 0345 222 5678.


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