Quit Smoking Methods
So the big question is ... how are you going to quit smoking?
If you are like the typical smoker you have likely tried various methods before which haven’t worked. Research on the main methods used to quit smoking show success rates that may help you feel better about your past attempts.
Success rates of various quit smoking methods:
- Will Power: 3 - 6 %
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gums): 10 - 15 %
- Prescription drugs (eg. Zyban, Champix): 15 - 20%
Not only are the success rates so low for the main ways people try to quit smoking but there are also serious risks associated with these as well.
Nicotine replacement treatments can have unpleasant side effects as well as the risk of nicotine overdose when people start smoking again when the patches don’t work.
Prescription drugs (such as Zyban and Champix) have had serious warnings issued against them advising of possible side effects such as rage, depression and even suicidal thoughts.
CNNHealth.com <July 1, 2009> -- “Two popular anti-smoking drugs will now carry warnings about the risk of severe mental health problems, the Food and Drug Administration announced.
The FDA said Champix and Zyban will carry the warnings to alert consumers to the risks of depression and suicidal thoughts when using the drugs.
"The drugs also have been reported to cause changes in behaviour, hostility and agitation in users, whether users had a history of psychiatric illness or not. In many cases, side effects started shortly after use began and ended when the medication was stopped. The FDA does not know what is causing the changes and said people taking these products should be monitored by their doctor”
So the question that needs to be asked is … why do these methods have such low success rates?
And the answer to that question is because these methods do not target the real cause of why people smoke.