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Welcome to How-To-Quit.Today. We are the internet’s most comprehensive smoking cessation website. On this site you can find descriptions and comparisons of most quit smoking methods. You can compare effectiveness and cost of different quit smoking methods along with other useful information on smoking. We also offer links to many other quit smoking sites.

We wish that you use this site in good health.

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Quit Smoking Information – The Ugly Truth!

Scientific studies have found that anywhere from 78% to 93% of smokers trying to quit using over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products return to smoking within six months.   READ: http://j.mp/cochrane-report1 http://j.mp/cochrane-report2

Recent studies have shown that there is no significant difference in quit rates between smokers who quit by gradual reduction and or use of NRT products or those who employed abrupt cessation “Cold Turkey.”

In short equal number of smokers quit by going “Cold Turkey” or by NRT.

Whether smokers use NRT or try to quit “cold turkey” They need, on average, seven attempts to quit until they are ultimately successful.

Mark Twain put it simply when he said: “Quitting smoking is easy, I’ve done it lots of times.”

Quitting Success Rates

Quitting smoking is an important step to take towards optimal health. Below is a chart providing hope for smokers. The chart shows the most current statistics on the success of smokers trying to quit smoking.

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Cost of Quitting Smoking

The cost of quitting smoking varies from method to method. The chart below illustrates the most common ways a smokers tries to quit and the monetary costs involved with that smoking cessation method.

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SMOKING FACTS – WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SMOKING?

Quitting smoking can be difficult. BUT people forget that it’s just a matter of getting the right help and the right tools. So don’t despair we are here to help you get healthy. But first, below are some important FACTS about smoking that you should know.

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How Many Cigs?

In 2014 smokers lit more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes.

How Many People?

45 Million Americans Smoke – A Full Blown Epidemic!

How Much $$$?

The average smoker in the USA spends $1,500 to $3,300 a year.

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Benefits of Quitting Smoking (Timetable)

Benefits of quitting smoking is an important step to take towards optimal health. Below is a chart providing hope for smokers. The chart shows the most current statistics on the success of smokers trying to quit smoking.

20 Minutes after Quitting

  • Blood pressure decreases
  • Pulse rate drops
  • Body temp of extremities increases

8 Hours after Quitting

  • Carbon Monoxide lever in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level increases to normal

24 Hours after Quitting

  • Chance of heart attack decreases
  • Taste of food returns

48 Hours after Quitting

  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to smell & taste is enhanced

2-3 Months after Quitting

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases

3-9 Months after Quitting

  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to smell & taste is enhanced
  • Cough Sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath, decreases

1 Year after Quitting

  • Excessive risk of coronary disease is decreased to ½ that of a smoker

5-10 Years after Quitting

  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of people who never smoked
  • Risk of Lung Cancer drops to as little as ½ of smokers
  • Risk of cancer: Mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney & pancreas decreases

10-15 Years after Quitting

  • Risk of ulcer decreases
  • Risk coronary disease similar to person ho have never smoked
  • Risk of death returns to nearly the level of those who never smoked

 

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Smoking Cessation Comparisons

Important information for smokers trying to quit.
There are many smoking cessation products and solutions out there – but many may be ineffective or even harmful to you or someone you know.


The Smoking Cessation Comparison Chart (BELOW) was put together through many hours of research to help smokers make better and more educated decisions when planning on starting a smoking cessation program.

Smoking Cessation / Quitting Methods found in our chart
with links to websites with studies on them.

how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Fresh Filters   http://freshfilters.biz
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Nicotine Patches & Gum (NRT)   READ:  http://j.mp/cochrane-report1   http://j.mp/cochrane-report2
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Chantix (Varenicline)   READ:  http://bit.ly/cochrane-chantix
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Welbutrin / Zyban (Bupropion)   READ:  http://bit.ly/cochrane-nrt-therapy   http://bit.ly/cochrane-antidepressants
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Herbal Mystery Mixes?
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Hypnotism   READ:  http://j.mp/hypnotism-therapy
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Electronic Cigarettes   READ:  http://bit.ly/ecig-report1
how-to-quit-cigarette-flame-icon20   Acupuncture / Acupressure   READ:  http://bit.ly/acupuncture-report1   http://bit.ly/cochrane-acupuncture
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IMPORTANT NOTE:  Combining counseling (in-person or telephone) with medication is more effective than using ANY method by itself.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:

This above document (chart) is only a brief summary of smoking cessation methods, no recommendation is claimed or implied. It is not to be taken as medical advise or an endorsement of any particular quitting method. All readers are urged to use the links here and read the source information, do their own independent research and consult a doctor before choosing a quit method.

OFFICIAL CHANTIX SAFETY WARNINGS:

Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping CHANTIX. If you, your family or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia or confusion, stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking CHANTIX, as these symptoms may worsen while taking CHANTIX. Before starting CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart or blood vessel problems. If you have new or worse heart or blood vessel symptoms during treatment, tell your doctor. Get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. CHANTIX should not be taken with other quit-smoking products. You may need a lower dose of CHANTIX if you have kidney problems or get dialysis. Before starting CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you take insulin, asthma medicines or blood thinners. Medicines like these may work differently when you quit smoking.

WELLBUTRIN (BUPROPION) SIDE EFFECTS AND WARNINGS:

You should not take bupropion if you have seizures, an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or sedatives. If you take Wellbutrin (Bupropion) for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking. Do not use bupropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Slideshow: Depression, the Risk of Suicide, and Treatment Options see link – http://www.drugs.com/bupropion.html

Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions or when using certain drugs. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and the drugs you use. Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.

BEFORE TAKING WELLBUTRIN (BUPROPION):

Do not use bupropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others You should not take bupropion if you are allergic to it, or if you have: epilepsy or a seizure disorder; an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia; or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or a sedative (Valium, Nembutal, Seconal, Solfoton, and others). Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Do not take bupropion to treat more than one condition at a time. If you take Wellbutrin for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking. To make sure bupropion is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: a history of head injury, seizures, or brain or spinal cord tumor; narrow-angle glaucoma; heart disease, high blood pressure, history of heart attack; diabetes; kidney or liver disease (especially cirrhosis); or bipolar disorder (manic depression). Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail) Bupropion can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

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