Quitting

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.
Cold turkey
Although it’s a popular way to quit, the cold turkey method alone has a much lower success rate compared to other quitting methods.

Effectiveness

Quitting cold turkey means quitting abruptly without using any quit smoking aids or support. While it might work for some, unfortunately there are fewer than 5% who are able to successfully quit using this method. This is because many just aren't prepared for the intensity of withdrawal and urges to smoke around every corner. Going cold turkey to quit can be difficult, and most people relapse without support.

Consider combining your willpower efforts with other evidence-based quit methods that are proven to increase your chances of quit success.