What aids are available to help me quit smoking?

Hands down…...the best smoking cessation aid on the planet is your own will and determination. If you aren’t motivated and committed to kicking the habit, no quit aid can help you. If you are ready to quit, any of them have the potential to work beautifully.

That said, a variety of products are on the market today that are designed to help people quit smoking gradually. Choosing one that is 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.

Nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) provide a measured dose of nicotine to help ease the physical symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Unlike cigarettes, which consist of thousands of poisonous and/or carcinogenic chemicals, NRTs contain only nicotine. When used according to the manufacturer’s directions, NRTs allow one to withdraw from nicotine by gradually reducing the amount of it in each dose. Several quit smoking aids are available now that do not use nicotine as an active ingredient.

Terry Martin, About.com

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