Now that we have made the long overdue decision to stop smoking, we must now validate that decision by taking immediate action.
Choosing a Method to Stop Smoking can be a daunting task for many of us. What do we do now? Where do we go from here? We find ourselves at a crossroads.
We have never done this before and these are uncharted waters. Despite all the research that has already been done, what Smokers don’t have is sufficient and accurate information on the best ways to stop. They lack a track to run on. They need a road map.
What Questions to Ask
Determining how to choose a method will require an honest evaluation of the products available today. Will they work for me? What about success rates? Over what period of time? Will I be putting drugs in my system unnecessarily? What are the potential side effects? Is there a drug-free solution?
Let’s look at these questions one at a time.
In another post, we talked about Chantix, it’s side effects, and it’s stated success rate. They claim a 44% success rate. What exactly does that mean?
Their suggested program involves taking their product daily for 90 days. At the end of the 90 days, 44% of the people that started still remained. The other 56% had already gone back to smoking.
But what happens on Day 91 to the 44% when they take the drugs away?
Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, a medical director at Pfizer is on record as saying the success rate after one year drops to 23%. That’s according to Chantix maker, Pfizer. Other estimates are closer to 14%
Either way, you are now left withdrawing (on your own) from the Chantix. Chantix has only delayed the inevitable withdrawal for 90 days for 44% of their clients and now you are withdrawing from the nicotine you have absorbed over the last 90 days.
Success Rates over Time
So as we have seen in the Chantix example, success rates are meaningless unless we factor in the time element.
Will I still remain an Ex-Smoker 30 days after my stop date? What will happen in 6 months? How about after a year?
What statistics are available? Where can I find them? How do I read the data and what do I look for?
Statistics can be skewed, so be sure that the data that you are analyzing is the correct metric that you are seeking.
Be aware that validity of the sample can also be skewed by the size of the sample, how the sample data was collected, and the criteria for collection of that data.
Know what you are looking at and ask for help if you are not sure how to analyze it.
Drugs vs No Drugs
Smokers seeking to stop smoking all know that every patch, pill and potion on the market contains nicotine. Nicotine is the very drug upon whose reliance and dependence we are trying to break. And nicotine is not the only drug in them.
The introduction of drugs into your body in order to stop smoking may cause exposure to other related health risks not normally associated with smoking.
Honestly ask yourself a question:
Does using a drug to stop using another drug really makes sense?
Be sure that your choice does not introduce further chemical harm to your body from gums, patches, pills, or vapes.
Your choice should be one of the non-drug routes, especially if you are a pregnant woman.
The most popular Non-Drug choices are Behavior Modification, Acupuncture, Hypnosis, and Abstinence Psychotherapy.
Stack the Deck in your own favor.
At Stop for Life , we recommend Abstinence Psychotherapy for your Personal and Professional Guidance System .
Aversion therapy is best left alone even though it is drug free. It does work for some people, but it is extremely uncomfortable and has a very low success rate.
So there you have it. Your own personal Road Map to quit smoking.
What methods have you tried?
What was your experience?
Please leave questions or comments below.