Common Smoking Cessation Methods

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NCH offers several resources for helping you to break the habit and lead a healthier lifestyle. Creating the desire to quit smoking may not be instantaneous. Take the time to educate yourself on the various methods available to help you quit. Its not a one-size-fits-all solution. Methods that work for one person, may not prove very effective in others. Wanting to quit is the first step. Whether it be for health, financial, spiritual or other reasons; quitting smoking can be achieved.
Behavioral Modification with nicotine replacement & Wellbutrin therapy
  • Group sessions typically consisting of 5-10 people who participate in weekly meetings to discuss nicotine addiction and behavioral medication necessary to help smokers quit. Groups usually meet over 5-8 weeks to plan a quit date, review pharmaceutical products, talk about stress reductions, and how to create a plan for quitting.

  • Nicotine Replacement (NR) is highly recommended as an aid in smoking cessation. NR comes in many forms including gums, patches, inhalers, and nasal sprays. NR therapy greatly enhances the success rate when combined with behavioral modification and Wellbutrin

  • Wellbutrin (buproprion): Works by blocking dopamine receptor sites in the brain. The goal is to reduce cravings and stress levels of those trying to quit smoking. Wellbutrin also enhances the success rates when combined with behavioral modification and NR therapy.
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On-going group support is an advantage of this approach. Participants can share information to help others quit. The typical success rate for staying quit at the one year mark is 20-25%. It is recommended that participants join a support group on-line or locally to insure long term success.

 
Cold Turkey
Quitting cold turkey is a cessation method whereby the smoker quits all at once without much preparation or the use of supporting methods such as nicotine replacement or other pharmaceutical aids. Quitting cold turkey is actually one of the most popular methods used to quit.

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Quitting cold turkey requires a strong desire of the smoker to quit. It is suggested that the COLD TURKEY method be supported by NR therapy and pre-planning on ways to deal with the addictive behaviors and cravings that may soon follow once smoking has stopped. An exercise plan is highly recommended.
 
 
Chantix
Chantix is a non-nicotine drug that binds to nicotine receptors in the brain. By binding to these nicotine receptors, the effects of nicotine are blocked. By blocking the receptor sites, the cravings for nicotine diminish, thereby allowing the smoker to eliminate the need for smoking. Behavioral modification techniques will also enhance the success rates. Chantix requires a physician prescription and is taken over a 12 week period. In most cases, a second 12 week course is required.

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Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using Chantix to help them quit smoking. Tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking Chantix, as these symptoms may worsen while taking Chantix. Short term cessation rates have been reported as high as 44%.

 
Hypnosis

Hypnosis methods vary a great deal, which makes it hard to study as a way to stop smoking. In general, reviews that looked at studies of hypnosis to help people quit smoking have not supported it as a quitting method that works. Still, some people find it useful. If you are interested in trying it, ask your doctor if he or she can recommend a good hypnotherapist.

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There is currently insufficient evidence to suggest that Hypnosis is beneficial for quitting smoking. Hypnosis is a personal choice and may work in some cases and most cases is dependent on the smoker's desire to quit.
 

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique in which very thin needles of varying lengths are inserted through the skin to treat a variety of conditions. There are a number of different acupuncture techniques, including some that use sound waves, tiny electrical charges, and that may or not use actual needles.

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Current evidence does not support the efficacy of Acupuncture to aid in smoking cessation. Acupuncture, like Hypnosis, is a personal choice and may work in some cases and most cases is dependent on the smoker's desire to quit.

 
Auricular Therapy

Auricular therapy is a form of acupuncture that applies a small level of electrical stimulus to the exterior portions of the ear. The theory is that this form of therapy minimizes cravings by calming the nervous system. Auricular therapy is also used to treat other health issues such as weight loss, insomnia, pain, and alcohol addiction.


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Current evidence does not support the efficacy of Acupuncture to aid in smoking cessation. Acupuncture, like Hypnosis, is a personal choice and may work in some cases and most cases is dependent on the smoker's desire to quit.