Many people claim to have used the e cigarette to stop smoking completely, even just as a long term smoking replacement but its a device that has not been approved by the powers that be to be sold for these purposes.Its for this reason that you won’t see the responsible electronic cigarette retailers out there making unsubstantiated claims about what there nicotine delivery systems can achieve for users.
The pharmaceutical industry and the FDA have different ideas about what types of product you should be using to enable you to quit nicotine and this article will take a look at your options if you decide to go down this route. I personally think that you are better off just reading Allan Carr’s excellent “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking” if you are serious about quitting but some of these other options might be more appealing to those of you who like a little help in your journey to a smoke free life.
The best way to quit smoking is whichever method works for you. That may not be very helpful, but the truth is that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. There are many ways to quit smoking, and most people try to quit several times before they find what works for them. However, there have been enough studies done to provide a pretty accurate picture of which methods work the best for the most people. While there is no easy way to quit smoking, here are some of the most successful methods, based on success rates published by the American Lung Association.
Long-Term Nicotine Patch Combined with Nicotine Gum or Spray
The best way to quit smoking, based on the average success rate, is to follow a stop smoking program that combines at least fourteen weeks of using the nicotine patch with the use of a nicotine gum or spray. Approximately 36.5% of smokers who use these two stop smoking aids together are still smoke-free in six months.
Conventional wisdom and the pharmaceutical industry tells us that the second-best way to stop smoking is a prescription drug called Chantrix (varenicline), taken at a dosage of 2 mg per day. This drug helps smokers quit in two ways. First, it blocks the feel-good chemicals that are normally released when a smoker smokes, making tobacco smoking less pleasurable. The second way it helps smokers quit is by stimulating the release of enough dopamine to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay. The success rate for this method is approximately 33.2% after six months.
Please be aware that as with taking any pharmaceutical drug there are negative consequences of those who decide to use Chantix in the form of side effects. Mild side effects which are experienced by many people include constipation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, along with increased appetite and vivid dreams for some. More serious side effects which are sometimes experienced include the likes of depression, aggression, hallucinations and even suicidal thoughts. Think very carefully about whether you are willing to take these risks before starting any type of stop smoking medication.
Nicotine Patch with Buproprion
In third place for the best way to quit smoking is using the nicotine patch in combination with the prescription drug Zyban (buproprion). Zyban is an antidepressant that also helps reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms experienced by smokers who are trying to quit. The success rate for this combination is approximately 28.9% after six months.
Nortriptyline is another antidepressant that can help reduce withdrawal symptoms. This drug is sold under many different names: Allegron, Aventyl, Noritren, Norpress, Nortilen, Pamelor, and Sensoval. Whatever the name, it can help improve your chances of quitting when combined with the patch. Approximately 27.3% remain smoke-free after six months.
Other Stop Smoking Methods
Smokers who use nicotine nasal spray to stop smoking have a 26.7% success rate, and those using a nicotine patch with a dosage exceeding 25 mg have a 26.5% success rate. When used for at least fourteen weeks, nicotine gum is successful for approximately 26.1% of smokers. Those who use the patch and inhaler together experience around 25.8% success, and those who take 1 mg of Chantix (varenicline) per day have a 25.4% success rate. All of these success rates are approximate and based on the number of smokers who are still smoke-free six months after treatment.
Success rates for the following stop smoking methods fall between 20% and 25%: Clonidine, use of a nicotine inhaler, using the nicotine patch in combination with second-generation antidepressants, buproprion SR, long-term use of the nicotine patch (over 14 weeks), short-term use of the nicotine patch (6-14 weeks), and Nortriptyline.
A lot of people will try to give you quit smoking tips when they hear that you are trying to stop smoking, and you will probably hear a lot about willpower and quitting cold turkey. Although it is possible to quit this way, this method has the lowest success rate of any of them, with only 3-5% of smokers who quit cold turkey remaining smoke-free six to twelve months later.
The best ways to quit smoking according to the health professionals and pharmaceutical industry have all been laid out for you above, so all you have to do is choose a method and try it. Don’t get frustrated if the first method you try is not successful. Remember that even the best stop smoking method only has a 36.5% success rate. The important thing is to remember that as long as you keep trying to quit, you haven’t failed. You just haven’t found the right program yet and if that is the case you might want to continue using e cigarettes until you work up the courage to try another method.