Cigarettes are big business, and with millions of smokers out there trying to quit, so is smoking cessation. There are a number of mainstream and less conventional products available aimed at helping smokers quit.
You're probably familiar with the more mainstream products, like nicotine replacement therapy and smokeless tobacco. Products like NicoDerm and Nicorette are probably the most common products for smokers trying to quit. The idea is that a nicotine patch or gum helps stave off the physical addiction, allowing smokers to taper off their nicotine intake and finally quit. Smokeless tobacco products, on the other hand, target the mental addiction to smoking, allowing smokers to go through the motions of smoking without actually smoking a cigarette.
There are also alternative therapy programs designed to help smokers quit. Hypnosis, acupuncture and meditation CDs aim to help smokers beat the emotional addiction, which many find to be just as difficult as nicotine withdrawal. There are even "subliminal meditation" anti-smoking products on the market, which combine meditation music with subliminal messaging that they claim helps smokers quit.
For more great information on how and why to quit smoking, check out the links below.
- American Cancer Society. "Guide to Quitting Smoking." (May 26, 2011) http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco/GuidetoQuittingSmoking/index
- American Heart Association. "Kick the Habit. Quit Smoking." May 2, 2011. (May 26, 2011) http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/QuitSmoking/Quit-Smoking_UCM_001085_SubHomePage.jsp
- American Lung Association. "Stop Smoking." (May 19, 2011) http://www.lungusa.org/stop-smoking/
- Australian Government. "Quit Now." (May 26, 2011) http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf
- Become An EX. "My Quit Plan." (May 26, 2011) http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Economic Facts about U.S. Tobacco Production and Use." March 21, 2011. (May 19, 2011) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/economics/econ_facts/index.htm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking." March 21, 2011. (May 19, 2011) http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm
- The Foundation for a Smokefree America. "Gift and Grant Request." 2003. (May 26, 2011) http://www.anti-smoking.org/info/info.pdf
- Gorman, Christine. "Why It's So Hard to Quit Smoking." Time. June 24, 2001. (May 19, 2011) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,149368,00.html
- National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation. "Financing." (May 19, 2011) https://www.thenatc.org/137.aspx
- National Health Service. "Smokefree." (May 26, 2011) http://smokefree.nhs.uk/
- New York State Smokers' Quitline. "We can make quitting easier." (May 26, 2011) http://www.nysmokefree.com/
- Nicotine Anonymous. "Introducing Nicotine Anonymous." (May 26, 2011) http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/pubs_content.php?pub_id=533
- Nicotine Anonymous. "What Is Nicotine Anonymous?" (May 26, 2011) http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/about_us.php
- Polito, John R. "What Tobacco Issue is Important to Philip Morris?" Why Quit. June 3, 2005. (May 26, 2011) http://whyquit.com/pr/060305.html
- Smokefree.gov. "Quit Smoking Today!" (May 26, 2011) http://www.smokefree.gov/
- Wilson, Joy Johnson. "Summary of the Attorneys General Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement." National Conference of State Legislators. March 1999. (May 26, 2011) http://academic.udayton.edu/health/syllabi/tobacco/summary.htm
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