5 Myths about Stop Smoking Treatments

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

Dr. Howell

Quitting smoking may not be easy, but there are several ways to overcome it. Nevertheless, the myths about smoking cessation treatments often hinder people from getting rid of nicotine addiction. Let’s go ahead and tackle 5 of these pervasive myths and the truth behind them.

1) Undergoing a quit smoking program is expensive. Quitting smoking may cost you some money but its benefits on your health and quality of life are priceless. If you don’t stop smoking now, you are bound to face a host of health problems and you may end up spending more on hospital treatments.

2)  Quit smoking treatments don’t really work. Numerous studies have shown that some stop smoking methods are effective in helping smokers quit. They include Chantix, Zyban and nicotine replacement therapy. All these smoking cessation programs work best when you set a quit date, create a plan for dealing with cigarette cravings, and work closely with a health professional.



3)  Chantix will make you depressed. Chantix is a popular quit smoking medicine that has been linked to several cases of suicidal behavior and depression. However, there is lack of scientific studies supporting this claim. Also, new research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found no association between Chantix use and depression.

4)  Using different forms of NRT at the same time is dangerous. Using different NRT types, like nicotine patch, nasal spray and nicotine gum, is called combination therapy – and this is not dangerous. Sometimes, it can even increase your chances of quitting smoking. If you’re considering using different forms of NRT treatment, it is advisable to seek professional advice first.

5)  Medications can help you ditch the habit forever. There’s no magic cure for nicotine addiction. Even the most effective products out there do not offer 100% guarantee that you will quit for good once you used them. To be able to quit smoking successfully, your willingness also plays a large role. Prescription medicines can only help you deal with the physical effects of quitting smoking. You need to have the strong ‘will’ to ditch the habit for good.


Choosing the Right Quit Smoking Method

Stopping smoking now is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the people who care about you. While ditching the habit can be difficult sometimes, there is a variety of smoking cessation methods that can help you quit. It is important, however, that you choose the method that is most suitable for you. You can do this by getting as much information as you can about each method you come across with, and learning about their pros and cons. If you are suffering from another health problem, choose a quit smoking treatment that does not interfere with the medications you are taking. You can also try a combination of stop smoking methods. For instance, you can take prescription drugs while undergoing counseling treatment. Working with a health professional will increase your chances of success.


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