There are a number of smoking cessation aids that you can use to help you to become an ex-smoker. On this website, you’ll be able to find all the information you need to help you decide which method is right for you and combined with our Online Quit Smoking Program, we hope to give you all the tools you need to stop smoking for good.
Not everyone needs to use smoking cessation aids to quit smoking – many people have quit by going cold turkey and using their willpower alone – however, evidence suggests that the quitting process is made more successful if a smoker uses one of the treatments below.
We do not recommend any particular method of quitting smoking as we believe that it is a matter of personal choice and depends on what an individual feels most comfortable with – a treatment may work really well for one individual but not work at all for another.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Perhaps the most popular treatment that is used to help people to quit smoking is Nicotine Replacement Therapy (or NRT, for short).
This works by providing the body with an alternative source of nicotine (the highly addictive substance that gets smokers hooked) without the need for tobacco.
Nicotine is administered into the bloodstream using a variety of methods including patches, gum, lozenges, nasal sprays, inhalators and electronic cigarettes.
NRT can either be prescribed by your doctor or bought over the counter at you local pharmacy.
Doctors have a few controlled medications that they are able to prescribe to their patients to help them to quit smoking, however availability depends on a number of factors including geographical location and the individual doctor’s diagnosis.
The most popular are Bupropion (which was originally developed to treat depression) and Varenicline (which prevents nicotine binding to receptors in the brain, reducing the craving).
Hypnosis (either self-hypnosis or by a professional hypnotist) works by putting the mind in a relaxed state so that it is open to suggestion. Once in a relaxed state of mind, suggestions that discourage smoking can be implanted into the subconscious, which can make quitting easier.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment that involves inserting needles into the skin at specific points, which can help reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms.