Methods to Help You Quit Smoking
Several methods are available to assist those who decide to quit smoking. The main categories of methods are:
Prescription smoking cessation aids: varenicline (Chantix), Nicotrol Inhaler and Nicotrol NS, and bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban, Wellbutrin) are available smoking cessation prescription aids. Antihypertensive drugs such as Clonidine (Catapres) and calcium channel blockers have also been prescribed to assist in quitting smoking; however, they have been less effective than other aids to smoking cessation.
Behavioral modification and self-help literature to quit smoking: Due to the addictive nature of nicotine, some form of behavioral modification is often necessary for successful cessation of smoking. Educational programs, hypnosis, and aversion therapy (learning how to avoid cigarettes) are a few options.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): The purpose of nicotine replacement therapy is to substitute another source of nicotine while cigarettes are discontinued. By this means, the habit of smoking is eliminated, even though the addiction to nicotine remains intact. But at the same time, nicotine replacement therapy eliminates the symptoms of withdrawal that can trigger more smoking.