Free Live Phone
Whether you are ready to quit or just
thinking about it, call
1-800-QUIT NOW for free support with a trained counselor. When you call, a friendly staff person will offer
a choice of free services, including mailed self-help literature, a
referral list of other programs in your community, and one-one-counseling
over the phone.
Another quit line is the the National Cancer Institute's Smoking Quitline, 1-877-44U-Quit,
which also offers proactive counseling by trained personnel.
One of the most effective and best researched programs we've found is www.BecomeAnEx.org, a free resource for tobacco users who want to quit. Here This extraordinary, brilliant program was developed using the latest research by the American Legacy foundation, the foundation created with $2 billion of the $240 billion settlement of the lawsuits by the States against Big Tobacco. Add the Become An Ex program to your arsenal in your battle against tobacco.
not enough simply to use a product. Counseling, and as well as
utilizing the classic, boilerplate points for
quitting, are critical to succeeding. Our Quitting
Tips page includes a useful guide to these critically important boilerplate
points. These will empower you with valuable techniques,
and will also strengthen your motivation and resolve.
page covers the anti-depressant smoking cessaton pill,
Zyban, and the pros and cons of this prescription medication. If
you are thinking of using Zyban, reading this page is important.
American Lung Association's
From Smoking Online
This popular smoking cessation program is now available free. Quitting
smoking can evoke a lot of feelings: fear, resentment, relief, and so on.
If you stay committed to this online program, and complete all of the assignments,
you have a good chance of remaining smoke-free for good. Millions of people
have quit smoking and you can too!
webpage is also quite useful. IT offers links
to what happens within 20 minutes after smokers inhale
their last cigarette, and other useful support tools
for quitting successfully.
come from a wealthy background, and at one point it occurred
to me that wealthy folks may have a harder time quitting
smoking, alcohol, or dieting. Why? Because they're used to
getting whatever they want, whenever they want it. Those who are not wealthy have much stronger "self-denial muscles."
If you count
yourself among the affluent, you might wish to consider an inpatient
treatment center. You'd reside in a hospital for up to a week
with a group of other people who are also quitting.
two excellent inpatient programs are offered, at The
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN (they have a second location
as well), and St. Helena
Hospital in California's Napa Valley. At the St. Helena they offer a 5 day or 10 day inpatient program. You may call them at 866.359.3296.
are your self-denial muscles? Pretty good, no doubt! Let's see: are you able to easily put off getting a brand new car, or going
to a $60 per head restaurant? How about postponing that vacation
in Monte Carlo, Aspen, or Florida? Good! If you can do those
things, chances are good you won't need an inpatient program,
and you'll have all the self-denial muscles you'll need to quit
smoking. But you'll need to flex them. And yes, it might hurt
At www.quitnet.org you
can go to a chat room where those quitting are doing it together,
not alone. It can be a great source of support -- like a Nicotine
Anonymous meeting, but online.
This site was put together by the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health's Tobacco Control Program.
a chat room, at Nicotine
Anonymous meetings, you'll find warm bodies, which
can be more comforting than a computer screen. If this appeals
to you more, pick up your telephone and ask directory assistance
for the phone number of your local Nicotine Anonymous chapter.
These are based on the classic 12-steps, borrowed from AA. The
meetings are free and run entirely by volunteers. If there are
no meetings in your city, try calling (800) 642-0666, call a
nearby city's directory assistance, or check the website. There
you can also find out how to start your own Nicotine
Anonymous meeting. That's how it spread all over the U.S.
check out these cool
the stories of four young people as they try to kick
their habit in "Quit 4 Life," a unique interactive
site that offers important advice for those trying to
quit smoking. This is a very cool site, in the extreme.
opening animated page says it all -- YOU are
a target. But your mind is a weapon. "Question It" provides
tips to help smokers win their personal battle against tobacco.
Their Kickin' Tips are
- QUIT NOW
great -- and fun -- new website and phone line to help you
out, if you're ready to quit smoking or even just thinking
about it. There's lots of free stuff, and there are animations
at the site -- but they can only send you the free stuff
and accept 800-number calls if you live in California, because
of limitations on their grant funding. But even if you're
not from California, this website -- www.nobutts.ucsd.edu --
is still a lot of fun.
QUIT COMMUNITIES AND CHAT
this huge and well known site from Boston University, anytime
you visit you will find ten to thirty people who are chatting
live. It's also an excellent and supportive quit program,
with thousands of graduates who have quit successfully.
this community of caring and supportive people, all in
various stages of quitting. Post a message, chat, and read
what others are going through. This is a real grassroots
What products quit smoking
programs work best?
Zyban, nicotine replacement
and a combination of both treatments
large recent study of
900 patients compared Zyban and nicotine replacement therapy
(NRT) alone, and in combination.
the prescription anti-depressant Zyban,
the initial success rate was 36% upon completion of therapy. A
follow-up study showed a 30% success rate for Zyban, after
one year. Zyban is by prescription.
Replacement Therapy the initial success rate was less
-- 23%, and only 15% after one year. Nicotine replacement
products like the patch and gum are sold over-the-counter,
except the nicotine inhaler.
NRT and Zyban were used in combination under a physician's
care, the success rate was 39%, and 35.5% at one year. This
study was published in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
in March, 1999 was funded by the makers of Zyban.
with no program, there is only a 5% success rate after one
year. With a program, your chances will at least triple (to
15% success rate, with nicotine replacement).
useful information on programs follows below.
and the nicotine inhaler
hits of nicotine are better than one if you want to quit smoking,
new research shows. A French study suggests smokers may have
a better chance to beat their bad habit with a nicotine inhaler
and a patch instead of just an inhaler.
six weeks, 60.5 percent of those who used the combination had
quit, while only 47.5 percent of those who used an inhaler alone
had stopped, the study finds. At 12 weeks, the numbers were 42
percent and 31 percent, respectively.
a year, 19.5 percent using the combination had stayed quit, but
only 14 percent who used the inhaler alone had remained smokefree.
study, conducted at the French National Institute of Health and
Medical Research, appears in a recent issue of the Archives of
Patch, gum or inhaler?
This Cochrane Review study done in 1996 and updated in November, 2007, found that nicotine
replacement therapies like the patch, gum or inhaler increased chances of quitting by 50% to 70%.
Bear in mind that with no program, only 5% of quitters are still smokefree at the end of 12 months. A 50% increase in the quit rate would mean that 7.5% of those using NRT were successful after 12 months.
a newly available method. It's for the adventurous; as of November,
2005, we know of no university studies published in mainstream
medical journals which provide reliable data on their success
rate 12 months after treatment. But with the patch and nicotine
gum at an 85% failure rate after 12 months, it might be something
to try. Freedom Laser Therapy's laser treatment claims to alleviate
nicotine withdrawal symptoms. They also offer a 30 minute video
on the psychological aspects of the addiction, and a 30 day vitamin
Treatment Centers offer aversion therapy -- self-administering
a mild electric shock from an ordinary 9 volt battery as one
smokes a cigarette. Studies show a 95% initial success rate,
and 50% after a year -- better than all the other programs! But
most pharmaceutical companies today are reluctant to add an
aversion therapy option to their helpful products. Sadly, they
regard aversion therapy as being "not consumer friendly." The
Foundation for a Smokefree America hopes that one company will
soon get behind this important and proven method of qutting
therapies such as hypnosis, acupuncture and herbs have been shown
to be far less effective than the above methods. Several controlled
studies found they were ineffective.