NICOTINE NASAL SPRAY
You spritz the nicotine solution into your nose, gradually reducing the number of sprays per day. Susan Jung says this solution is particularly helpful for heavy smokers (a pack a day or more) who have had trouble controlling cravings with OTC nicotine-replacement products.
SIX-MONTH SUCCESS RATE: 31 to 35 per cent.
THE DOWNSIDES: Possible throat and nasal irritation, coughing.
A plastic mouthpiece that releases nicotine in progressively smaller doses, this prescription-only product may appeal to
smokers who enjoy the hand-to-mouth ritual, says Susan.
SIX-MONTH SUCCESS RATE: 20 to 21 per cent.
THE DOWNSIDES: Possible throat and mouth irritation, coughing: not recommended for people with allergies or asthma
The only oral med that solely targets smoking, Chantix interferes with brain receptors that normally make cigarettes pleasurable.
SIX-MONTH SUCCESS RATE: 19 per cent.
THE DOWNSIDES: Common side effects are nausea, constipation, gas and vomiting. Some users have also reported behavioural changes.
Originally introduced as an antidepressant, this drug is believed to make withdrawal symptoms less severe by altering mood chemicals in the brain.
SIX-MONTH SUCCESS RATE: 15 per cent.
THE DOWNSIDES: Side effects include a dry mouth, difficulty sleeping, headaches, dizziness and skin rash. People should avoid alcohol while taking Zyban as it increases the risk of a seizure.
Research is limited, but many ex-smokers swear by acupuncture, hypnosis and yoga. And new studies have linked exercising regularly and eating lots of produce to reduced cravings. A psychotherapy- and hypnotherapy-based programme, like Allan Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking – which has been touted by stars like Ellen Degeneres – may help smokers rethink their relationship with cigarettes.
Regardless of which tactics you try, support is crucial. Contact your local hospital, or visit the smoking cessation clinic at Rashid Hospital (04) 219 000.
E-CIGARETTES - THE TRUTH
You’ve seen them online, but can they help you quit? Although electronic cigarettes look like the real thing and contain nicotine, they lack the toxic tars and other addictives found in a typical pack of smokes. That difference has led the American Association of Public Health Physicians to say that if all current smokers switch to e-cigs, tobacco related deaths might be slashed by 50 per cent in the next 20 years. The catch is that they won’t break your nicotine addiction