Kicking the Smoking Habit for Good
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Kicking the Smoking Habit for Good

Quitting smoking is rarely effortless, but a growing number of smoking cessation aids make it easier than ever.

Medications and nicotine replacement therapies can improve the chances you’ll successfully quit. Some of these treatments also help reduce weight gain while quitting. With more options available now, doctors can create personalized plans for you.

Here are some Smoking Cessation aids to consider:

Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Even when used for long periods of time, nicotine replacement therapies are far safer than smoking. Quit rates range from 19% to 26%. Gum, lozenges and patches are available over-the-counter, but nasal sprays and inhalers require a prescription. Keep in mind, evidence suggests that combining patches with inhalers, gum or nasal sprays improves long-term quit rates.

Prescription Medications

Prescription drugs like Chantix and Zyban work directly on the brain’s nicotine receptors, thus easing withdrawal symptoms. These medications have a success rate of approximately 25-30%. They’re usually taken over a 12-week course.

Counseling and Support

Counseling takes many forms, from a doctor’s advice to formal smoking cessation programs and support groups, even online “quitlines.”

Hypnosis

Ask your doctor if hypnosis is an option. Some studies have shown that hypnosis may help certain people quit smoking.

Use a Combination of Aids

The best combination of approaches is the one that feels right to you. If previous attempts have ended because you gave into intense cravings, try combining therapies such as nicotine replacement inhalers with drugs that minimize those cravings.

In general, chronic exposure to nicotine may cause an acceleration of coronary artery disease, peptic ulcer disease, reproductive disturbances, esophageal reflux, hypertension, fetal illnesses and death, and delayed wound healing.



Download a Smoking Cessation brochure.

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