Quitting Smoking Methods

Quitting Smoking Methods


Remember that not every smoking cessation method is going to suit everybody. Just because you’ve tried one and are still smoking doesn’t mean that another won’t work for you and you’ll quit smoking forever.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

NRT includes products such as chewing gum, skin patch, tablets, nasal sprays or inhalers. These work by providing a reduced amount of nicotine to the body to counter withdrawal symptoms. Research suggests that NRT doubles the chances of quitting smoking compared to someone trying to quit using willpower alone.


Also known as Zyban. Success rates are similar to Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Zyban de-sensitises the brains nicotine receptors. There have been some side effects reported including fits but the risks are estimated to be lower than 1 in 1000 and is considered safe for most healthy adults.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into special points on the skin. As with any smoking cessation method, you need to have made a commitment to quit for this method to work.


The process of hypnosis to support quitting smoking involves a hypnotherapist who guides the patient into a heightened condition of awareness that is also a dreamlike state. Whilst the patient is in this state, the hypnotherapist will suggest a variety of phrases that help to cut down the patient’s cravings and reliance on cigarettes.

Self Help

Books like Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking claims a 90% success rate in helping people to quit smoking. There are also clinics and self help groups available to help people to quit smoking.