4. Counseling support + nicotine replacement therapy
There are benefits and challenges of each. There is also no right or wrong way to quit. No matter which one you choose, the fact that you’re taking the first step to quit is what’s important.
Quitting cold turkey
What it is: Deciding to stop all nicotine at once
Success rate: Very limited1
This is the classic method for quitting that you’ve probably tried at least once. People have different methods for going cold turkey, but the basic idea is that you decide when you’re going to quit tobacco, and stop using any more from that point forward. Some people prefer this method because you can start at any time, but it’s the hardest method to stick to.
• You can choose to quit at any moment.
• No cost. Since you’re not using any aids to quit, there’s no cost to you, plus you can save the money that you would have spent on tobacco.
• High rate of relapse. Studies have shown that only 3-5% of cold turkey quitters are successful.1
• Can be stressful because it requires a lot of willpower to accomplish.
What it is: Quitting with the help of medications that contain nicotine
Success rate: Varies
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is the general name for medications that help you quit tobacco, like nicotine gum, patches, or lozenges as well as prescriptions like Chantix, Zyban (Wellbutrin), nicotine inhalers and nicotine nasal spray. The main benefit of NRTs is that they can help reduce your nicotine withdrawal symptoms while you quit. When you work with a Quit Coach through ASHLine, may be eligible to receive four weeks of free NRTs.*