Methods and medications

There are many effective ways to quit smoking, and no one way works for everyone. To increase your chances of quitting for good, it’s helpful to know which evidence-based methods have been proven to increase your odds of success. Evidence shows that combining telephone counselling with medications or NRT can increase your chances of successfully quitting. Learn about the various methods and medications to help you determine what will work best for you.

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Prescription medications

Prescription medications do not contain nicotine but reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms by affecting how nicotine interacts with your brain. Using quitting medications can increase your chances of quitting smoking successfully. It's even more effective when combined with counselling support.

Nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) works by providing the body with nicotine to help reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings. NRT is one of the most effective tools to help people quit and can increase your chances of quit success. It's even more effective when combined with counselling.

Other methods

There are other quit methods and approaches that people use to quit, but some are more effective than others. Read more about which methods will increase your likelihood of quitting in the long run.
Alternative therapies
Acupuncture, hypnosis, and herbal medicine lack conclusive scientific evidence.


Acupuncture, hypnosis, relaxation, and meditation are alternative approaches and treatments to quitting smoking that some people use. 

While there are stories of quit success using these methods, there is no consistent, bias-free scientific evidence to show that these approaches help people quit for six months or more. However, quitting smoking is a personal journey, and if you find something that is safe and works for you, then stick with it. What's important is that you find an approach that you are comfortable with and have confidence in.

Remember, that if one approach doesn’t work, you can always try another that’s proven to increase your chances of quit success.