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Going Cold Turkey DOES Stink
While it may seem like common sense that quitting smoking aids such as nicotine patches, gums, prescription medications and counseling are more effective at helping people successfully quit smoking compared to quitting “cold turkey,” no evidence has been around to back it up…until now. New research shows these quitting smoking tools are more than twice as useful than simply quitting without help.
The results showed the following quitting smoking aids effectiveness compared to a placebo:
Chantix—2.4 times (Be careful with this one. U.S. war vets have been advised against taking this drug for its side effects.)
Nicotine nasal spray—2.37 times
Nicotine patch—2.07 times
Nicotine tablet—2.06 times
Nicotine gum—1.71 times
When smokers were asked if they would be willing to receive free nicotine-replacement products, almost 60% were interested. Of those that were interested, 94% said they would use the products to help them quit smoking permanently.
What tools have you used to help you quit smoking? What were your experiences with them? [WebMD]