Which smoking cessation interventions work best?

There are many options. Here are your effective options to stop smoking:

  • Nicotine Replacement therapy (like gum and patches): All forms of nicotine replacement therapy increased abstinence rates after 6 months. No one type of nicotine replacement can be suggested over another, as all were equally effective.
  • Buproprion. Average quit rate was 17% versus 6% for placebo at 6 months. Either 150 mg or 300 mg therapy worked well.
  • Nortriptyline. This antidepressant-type medication helped boost quit rate.

Of note, no evidence of improved quit rate with silver acetate, Nicobrevin (a nicotine-free smoking cessation aid), lobeline, or naltrexone.  Also, no high-quality studies showed effectiveness of hypnotherapy, acupressure or acupuncture for smoking cessation.

There are known benefits to counseling—individual, group, telephone session, online sessions. This increases quit rates and decreases relapse (starting smoking again) rates.


Hope this helps.

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