UPDATE OF SMOKING CESSATION PRODUCTS-ARE YOU STILL VAPING?
The hardest habit to change is quitting smoking. No matter what method is tried, most people will restart smoking within 1-2 years. The best products I have seen to date are Wellbutrin, an antidepressant medication that was discovered accidentally in the 1980’s and more recently Chantix. More and more people are turning to e-cigarettes in spite of the lack of studies showing long term success. There have also been safety issues. The latest study is from the New England Journal of Medicine which shows that excessive levels or FORMALDEHYDE are produced, especially when the vapor devices are used at higher voltages. The cancer risk is estimated at 5-15 times greater when compared to tobacco! In Eastern Europe, a plant alkaloid called CYTISINE has been found to be more effective than placebo. After 1 month, 40% of those using cytisine were smoke free when compared to those using nicotine replacement products and persisted for the next 6 months. Side effects include nausea and sleep disturbances.
Of course non-medical approaches such as hypnosis, acupuncture and biofeedback can also be helpful.