Stop Smoking Aids

Conclusive proof that stop smoking aids really work is pretty much essential before health professionals can recommend them as serious alternatives to prescription medication and quit smoking aids used in Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

There is evidence however, of many, many smokers, from all around the world, testifying to the effectiveness of other quit smoking aids and cessation products they have tried.

If you have tried traditional ways to quit smoking and failed or you are seeking out herbal stop smoking aids as alternatives because you are pregnant for example, at best, help is all you should hope for.

There are no miracle cures and you need a deep desire to give up to succeed in the long run.

This guide begins with an overview nicotine based products before considering other aids available at your local drug store and herbal remedies to quit smoking naturally.

Best Stop Smoking Aids

The best rated quit smoking aids are those used in NRT. Scientific studies have shown that the likelihood of long-term abstinence, compared to placebo treatment, can be more than doubled using these particular types of therapy (Fiore et al, 2009).

Health professionals and clinicians are encouraged to promote these types of aids. They are approved by both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the British National Health Service (NHS) and there have been dozens of clinical trials that prove they work.

Please note: nicotine based products should not be used by pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, light smokers, adolescents and smokeless tobacco users without advice from a doctor.

For more information about the various types of NRT, see: Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Choosing Stop Smoking Aids

To quit smoking and succeed you need a deep desire to stop but, if you are able to find an aide that helps you to achieve your goal, you aren't any less of a person.

When you try stopping it helps if everything goes right. Stress and temptation need to be kept to a minimum and you need to get the right support from your doctor, family and friends.

If you find that you are failing in a particular area or for a particular reason evaluate your circumstances using our free quit smoking action plan (which is recommended in any event).

Stop smoking aids are especially useful when you can identify potential problem areas in your quitting attempt and you are able to match those to the properties of the products. For example if you experience difficulty because you need to keep your hands busy, using dummy or smokeless cigarettes may be most suitable (also see inhaler above).

I have personally spoken to thousands of smokers who have quit using both nicotine based stop smoking aids and alternative therapies such as hypnosis and acupuncture and they swear by them all.

The following tips should help you to assess whether or not an aid, program, method or therapy is of use to you.

  • Be sensible and do not fall for wild claims.
  • There is no magic or wonder cure.
  • These products can assist you in your efforts and no more.
  • Whichever method you choose, you need a deep desire to stop.
  • Don't give up on giving up.
  • If at first you don't succeed.
    • Take a break
    • Evaluate what you need to do differently
    • And please try, try, try again..

Herbal Stop Smoking Aids

Butt it Out™ is recognized by Health Canada as an OTC drug. This natural herbal stop smoking product enhances detoxification of nicotine and confronts nicotine addiction in the brain and body. It is non-addictive and safe for use by teenagers.

More info about programs like these can be found on our stop smoking products page.

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Related Information


Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. April 2009.

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