What was the treatment for your tobacco addiction?
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How Is Tobacco Addiction Treated?
The good news is that treatments for tobacco addiction do work. Although some
people who smoke can quit without help, many people need help. Behavioral
treatment programs help people learn about and change their behaviors using
self-help materials, counselor-staffed telephone "quitlines," and individual
therapy. Over-the-counter medications, such as the nicotine patch, gum,
inhalers, and lozenges, replace nicotine and relieve the symptoms of withdrawal.
It is important to know that nicotine replacement medicines can be safely used
as a medication when taken properly. They have lower overall nicotine levels
than tobacco and they have little abuse potential since they do not produce the
pleasurable effects of tobacco products. They also don't contain the carcinogens
and gases found in tobacco smoke, making them a good treatment approach for
There are also prescription medications now available for smoking cessation,
such as bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix), that have been
shown to help people quit. But research shows that the most effective way to
quit smoking is to use both medications and behavioral treatment programs.
The bottom line: People who quit smoking can have immediate health benefits.
Believe it or not, within 24 hours of quitting, a person's blood pressure
decreases and they have less of a chance of having a heart attack. Over the long
haul, quitting means less chance of stroke, lung and other cancers, and coronary
heart disease, and more chance for a long and healthy life.