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Smoking cessation is the discontinuation or action leading towards the discontinuation of the consumption of a smoked substance such as tobacco.

Techniques which can increase smokers' chances of successfully quitting are:


Quitting "cold turkey": abrupt cessation of all nicotine use as opposed to tapering or gradual stepped-down nicotine weaning. It is the quitting method used by 80 to 90% of all long-term successful quitters.

Nicotine replacement therapy when used for less than eight weeks helped with withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and urges (for example, transdermal nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, and inhalers).

Smoking-cessation support and counseling is often offered or in person, over the internet, over the phone. The in person techniques are often the most effective.  

Electronic cigarette: Shaped like a cigar or cigarette,  this device contains a rechargeable battery and a heating element that vaporizes liquid nicotine (and other flavorings) from an insertable cartridge, at lower initial cost than a vaporizer but with the same advantages including significantly reducing tar and carbon monoxide.

The antidepressant bupropion, marketed under the brand name Zyban, helps with withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and urges. Bupropion is contraindicated in epilepsy, seizure disorder; anorexia/bulimia (eating disorders), patients use of psychosis drugs (MAO inhibitors) within 14 days, patients undergoing abrupt discontinuation of ethanol or sedatives (including benzodiazepines such as Valium


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Nicotinic receptor agonist are prescription drug that can be used to alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms. It can also be taken as a form of aversion therapy by smokers to make the act of smoking more repulsive.

Recently, an injection given multiple times over the course of several months, which primes the immune system to produce antibodies which attach to nicotine and prevent it from reaching the brain, has shown promise in helping smokers quit. However, this approach is still in the experimental stages.

Hypnosis clinical trials studying hypnosis as a method for smoking cessation have been inconclusive.

Herbal preparations such as Kava and Chamomile

Acupuncture clinical trials have shown that acupuncture's effect on smoking cessation is equal to that of sham/placebo acupuncture. (See Cochrane Review)

Attending a faith based self-help group such as Nicotine Anonymous which promotes the same idea that you are out of control and only god can help (similar to alcoholics anonymous) can help some people of faith.

 Interactive web-based programs like DaretoQuit specializes teaching you how to quit with lessons and strategies tailored to you and your habits

Laser therapy based on acupuncture principles but without the needles.

Quit meters: Small computer programs that keep track of quit statistics such as amount of "quit-time", cigarettes not smoked, and money saved.

Self-help books.

Smokeless tobacco: Snus is widely used in Sweden, and although it is much healthier than smoking, something which is reflected in the low cancer rates for Swedish men, there are still some concerns about its health impact.

Herbal and aromatherapy "natural" program formulations.

Vaporizer: heats to 410F. or less, compared with 1500F./860C. in the tip of a cigarette when drawn upon; eliminates carbon monoxide and other combustion toxins.

"FAUX Cigarette" or similar commercial products which can be used as alternative to smoking as well as cessation.

Screened single-toke utensil: smoking-reduction utensil substitutes 25-mg. single servings for the heavily advertised trap of each time lighting an entire 700-mg. commercial cigarette.

Smoking herb substitutions (non-tobacco)

Great American Smokeout is an annual event that invites smokers to quit for one day, hoping they will be able to extend this forever.

Bubble wrap can be useful to distract and provide an alternate form of stress release, anxiety control and manual stimulation.



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