Methods to Quit Smoking

Smoking Cessation Medications

Learn more about two FDA-approved nicotine-free smoking cessation drugs.

Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) refers to a number of quitting aids that ease withdrawal symptoms by delivering nicotine to your body in amounts you can regulate. Over time, you can reduce the nicotine dose, thus weaning your body from the addiction. Using NRT doubles your chances of quitting successfully and permanently. There are five different NRT products available including the patch, gum, nasal spray, inhaler and lozenges.


Hypnosis can be performed in a group or one-on-one and in one session or a series of sessions. After hypnotizing you, the hypnotist will address your urge to smoke and suggest things to do instead. Hypnosis methods are highly variable, but in some cases, have been useful for helping smokers quit.


Some former smokers use meditation as a way to combat the stress of quitting smoking.

Methods to Avoid

The following have not been studied or FDA approved for smoking cessation and should be avoided:

  • Herbal supplements
  • Lozenges and pouches that contain tobacco
  • Stop-smoking diets
  • Nicotine lollipops
  • Nicotine lip balms
  • Nicotine water
  • Nicotine wafers

Atropine and scopolamine combination therapy

Injections to help reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms by blocking the action of acetylcholine, a signal transmitter in the nervous system. These drugs are FDA-approved for other uses, but have not been formally studied for help in quitting smoking. It is best to avoid atropine and scopolamine until studies can be completed.


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