Ways to Quit
Smokers wishing to quit smoking have quite a selection of options before them. Unfortunately, most of them have been proven to be ineffective for one reason or another.
Some of them involve considerable risk to your health and happiness while other methods are tried and proven to work over many decades.
Counseling: The most effective method of smoking cessation over the years has been through counseling programs. This counseling is conducted through one-on-one psychological counseling sessions, in group therapy sessions taught by local hospitals or other instructors or over the Internet, when properly done, is able to treat all aspects of the smoking habit. Be sure to inquire as to the historical success rate enjoyed by a program before signing up!
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) include the below listed methods which introduce the nicotine poison into the body by some means other than smoking tobacco. These are touted as being good because they do not introduce more tars and chemicals into your lungs. That is true, but they also promote the continued addiction to nicotine! Among the NRT class of therapies are:
* Nicotine patches. Transdermal patches which gradually introduce prescribed amounts of nicotine into your bloodstream through your skin. These are normally prescribed by a physician in varying doses over a 6 to 8 week period.
* Nicotine Gum – Chewing gum which introduces a gradual amount of nicotine into your bloodstream via you digestive tract. The gums may be prescribed or are available over-the-counter.
* Nicotine Lozenges – In mint form, the nicotine is introduced via your digestive tract
* Nicotine vapors – Usually dispensed via a nasal spray, the nicotine enters your bloodstream much more rapidly and wears off much more quickly.
* Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery operated nicotine dispensers through which you ingest the nicotine poison through breathing it in. Again, there is said to be no harm done to the lungs, at least there are no tars or other chemicals normally introduced through smoking tobacco. It must be noted here that electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
NRT in General:
A 6 year long study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, and published in 2012, concludes that NRT products are “no more effective in long term smoking cessation than quitting on one’s own”! To view press release on the study, Click Here
Drugs: There are 2 main classes of drugs which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for smoking prevention:
* Buproprion (trade names are Zyban and Wellbutrin) and
* Varenecline (trade names are Chantix and Champix)
Mainly, these drugs are classified as anti-depressants and they deal with the nicotine problem by interfering with the receptors in your brain that tell you that you nicotine craving has been satisfied. Buproprion was first approved in the 1990’s and Varenecline was approved in 2006. They held great promise at the time that they would be a ‘cure-all’ for the smoking problem, but the results have, sadly, not lived up to the promise. There are many side effects to these chemicals and patients are strongly advised to heed the warnings that accompany these medications.
(Note: In October, 2012, a 2600 plaintiff class action lawsuit has gone to trial in U.S. Federal Court against the makers of Chantix. Plaintiffs claim many disastrous results, including more than 200 cases of suicide, resulted from patients taking this drug.)
Acupuncture: Some Chiropractors and other providers are using acupuncture as a method to abate the nicotine pleasure receptors in the nervous system. As such, acupuncture may be effective in treating the nicotine addiction, but does nothing to handle the psychological or behavioral aspects of smoking.
Hypnosis: Many therapists use hypnosis to treat the smoking habit. It is more effective than drugs in handling the psychological and behavioral aspects of smoking, but does little to deal with the physical nicotine addiction itself.
For more than 40 years, the Smokenders course has been taught in seminars conducted worldwide with more than a million graduates. It has been acclaimed as “the most effective smoking cessation therapy” in a study at Johns Hopkins University. Smokenders Online brings that exact same material to the public via the Internet.
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