Today, there are many methods out there that people can use to quit smoking. There is no one best way to quit smoking that will work for the entire population, because each person is different, so different methods will work better for different people. One of the first things people usually try when quitting is to quit cold turkey, with no other help. Cold turkey means to simply stop smoking, without the help of any aids or devices. About 90% of people who try to quit smoking try to do it without aids, therapy, or medicine. Although many people try to quit this way, it is not the most effective and successful method. Only about 10% of people who try to quit this way succeed on their first attempt at quitting using this method. Most people choose this method because they do not want to use chemical replacements in order to quit smoking. If you decided to quit cold turkey, a good way to go would be with behavioral therapy, which means that you visit regularly with a therapist who will help you find the most effective way to quit. The therapist can also help you to identify your triggers, come up with ways to get through cravings, and provide emotional support when you need it most. They can also help you understand the main reasons why you smoke and help you avoid the most common triggers.
If cold turkey does not seem to work for you, you may want to try nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, and lozenges. Replacement therapy works by giving you nicotine without having to smoke. You may be 50% to 100% more likely quit smoking if you use nicotine replacement therapy. However, while you may be more likely to quit smoking, sometimes these methods can cause people to become addicted to the nicotine replacements after they quit smoking. In other words, you may be trading in one vice for another.
Another way to quit smoking is with medication. Some drugs are formulated and FDA approved to help people quit smoking, and these medications are available by prescription only. Keep in mind that these drugs have been known to have side effects, so talk with your doctor about each medication available and what the possible side effects may be, so you can make an informed decision.
Perhaps the best way to quit smoking would be a combination of all of these treatments. No single treatment will work for everyone, and the best thing you can have when quitting is the support of friends and family, as will likely be a long difficult task. However, using an effective method combined with a good amount of support can lead you to success when quitting smoking.