Strategies to Quit Smoking

There are several different ways to quit smoking. One of the most common strategies is nicotine replacement therapy.

Quitting smoking is hard. While it is possible for some people to quit smoking cold turkey, it often takes most people several tries and a few different methods to quit smoking cigarettes successfully. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher discusses several options that may help someone who is trying to quit smoking for good.

There are smoking cessation programs offered by employers or local governments that may be able to help.There are also several over the counter solutions available. If those don’t do the trick you can also consider medical options to quit smoking. It is important to know that some medical treatments to quit smoking come with side effects so you will need to consult carefully with your doctor before beginning any prescription-based programs. 

One of the most common strategies to quit smoking is called nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement therapy is designed to gradually wean you from the addictive quality of nicotine and can also help relieve withdrawal symptoms. 

Different methods of nicotine replacement therapy include the nicotine patch, nicotine gum and nicotine lozenges, all of which are available without a prescription. 

Prescription therapies include nasal sprays, nicotine inhalers and a medicine called Bupropion. In some cases, Varenicicline is helpful by blocking nicotine from reaching the brain completely.

If medicine is not for you, alternative therapies to quit smoking like hypnosis, acupuncture and laser therapy are known to have some success on patients. Whichever method you choose to quit smoking, it is important to remember the possible side effects. Make sure you contact your doctor before choosing a path for you. When you quit smoking, your body will start to heal and your friends and family will thank you for it!

Paul Knoepflmacher, MD

This video features Paul Knoepflmacher, MD. Dr. Knoepflmacher is a clinical instructor of medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where he also maintains a private practice.

Duration: 3:40. Last Updated On: March 8, 2018, 7:55 p.m.
Reviewed by: Holly Atkinson, MD, Dr Supriya Jain, Preeti Parikh, MD . Review date: Aug. 26, 2012
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