Someone craving a Marlboro could do well to reach for an aromatherapy stick instead.

New research looked at the effect of two inhaled essential oils (black pepper or angelica) on the nicotine habits of students, staff, and faculty on a U.S. college campus.

Both black pepper and angelica reduced the level of nicotine craving and allowed a longer delay before next use of tobacco. However, black pepper reduced the level of craving more than did angelica, and angelica allowed for a longer delay than did black pepper, noted an abstract published on

“Aromatherapy may be useful in nicotine withdrawal,” the researchers noted. “Further studies are warranted.”

The Effects of Aromatherapy on Nicotine Craving on a U.S. Campus: A Small Comparison Study was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.