What is Smoking Cessation?

Smoking cessation or quitting smoking can be difficult due to physical and psychological dependence; both the habit and nicotine addiction are hard to break. There may be some immediate withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to overcome, such as agitation, anxiety, insomnia, even weight gain and depression. However, withdrawal symptoms are temporary, and permanently quitting yields serious health benefits - even elevated cancer and heart disease risks will decrease over time.

There are many methods, resources and programs availalbe when it comes to quitting. Doctors and counselors can help, and many people are successful quitting unassisted, either cold turkey, with nicotine gum and patches, or using electronic cigarettes. Some prescription drugs used to help with smoking cessation include atypical antidepressants (Zyban, Buproban) and nicotine agonists (Chantix).

Savings Tips for Smoking Cessation

  • 10 Secrets to Help You Quit Smoking

    April 05, 2016

    A recent study made headlines reporting that quitting smoking abruptly has a better quit rate than using a gradual approach. This wasn’t news to many doctors—the “cutting-down” approach has never seemed to work as well as quitting cold turkey.

    Well, what else do we know?

    1. First—smokers who quit abruptly are more likely to keep from using from tobacco than those who use a gradual cessation method. Cold turkey is your best bet for quitting, 8 weeks later, those who quit cold turkey remain abstinent at higher rates than those who try “cutting-down.
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  • Quit Smoking for the Great American Smokeout 2014!

    November 19, 2014

    Each year, the Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday of November, sponsored by The American Cancer Society. This year’s Smokeout is on November 20, 2014!

    The first Great American Smokeout took place at Union Square in San Francisco, California on November 16, 1977 and it has successfully continued for 39 years and counting.

    The goal is to encourage tobacco users to think about kicking their habit—whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other forms of tobacco—for 24 hours. See More

  • Does the Nicotrol Inhaler Work Better to Help You Quit?

    May 05, 2014

    For a long time, treatment of tobacco dependence centered on two nicotine replacement systems: nicotine gum and patches. Now there are more effective products available, which have added to falling smoking rates seen in much of the U.S. The idea of clean nicotine delivery systems that satisfy nicotine craving and promote smoking cessation is attractive for sure.

    How do nicotine inhalers and e-cigarettes offer a unique way to curb the addiction?
    Nicotine causes tobacco addiction by complex actions that affect the neurochemistry of the brain. See More

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Popular Smoking Cessation Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Nicotine Agonists 323 See Prices
Nicotine Agonists N/A See Prices
Atypical Antidepressants 38 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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