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Quit Aids

Quit Smoking 101 -- Lesson 5

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Updated February 04, 2010

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Quit Aids

Far and away, the best quit aid on the planet is your own determination to stop smoking. If you aren't motivated and committed to kicking the habit, there isn't a quit aid available that can help you. But if you are, any of them can work beautifully.

That said, there are a variety of products are on the market today designed to help people quit smoking gradually. Choosing one that's right for you is essentially a matter of preference, barring any medical concerns you may have. It's always a good idea to check with your doctor about quit smoking options and discuss what might work best for you before making a decision.

We are fortunate indeed to live in a time when there are so many different types of quit aids available to help us stop smoking. The more choices we have, the more lives are saved, ultimately.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine Patch Facts
Let's review the pros and cons of one of the nicotine patch, one of the most popular NRTs available on the market today.

NRTs -- A Personal Perspective
Michelle Boisvert quit smoking using the nicotine patch. In this article, she shares her perspective on NRTs as quit aids.

Addicted to Nicotine Gum
Regardless of what we do in life, most things carry some level of risk. NRTs are no different. Understand the potential for misuse with this type of quit aid; be careful to follow the manufacturer's directions exactly, and wean yourself off the NRT product of your choice in the time period suggested.

Perscription Quit Aids

Zyban Information
Zyban and Wellbutrin are both brand names for the generic drug, bupropion hydrochloride. Originally marketed as an anti-depressant drug, bupropion is available by prescription only. Its effectiveness as a quit smoking aid was discovered when smokers using it to treat depression also lost interest in smoking.

Chantix as a Quit Aid
Varenicline tartrate was discovered and developed by Pfizer, Inc. specifically to help people quit smoking. Marketed as Chantix™, this prescription medicine works on two levels. Let's take a closer look.

Chantix FAQ's
In May of 2006, Chantix was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the years since however, a number of serious concerns involving changes in mood and behavior for people taking Chantix have surfaced. This article addresses the most frequently asked questions about this quit aid.

Other Quit Aids

Hypnosis
This product review details the advantages of using hypnosis to help you quit smoking.

Natural Quit Aids -- Lobelia
The alkaloid lobeline, an active ingredient in lobelia, though less potent, is similar to nicotine in its effect on the body. For this reason, lobelia has been considered a nicotine substitute and used in herbal smoking remedies, though its success in this area is dubious.

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