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Explore Quit Methods

Some quit smoking methods have been shown to be more effective than others (★─★★★★). Some quit smoking methods are free, while others have a small or even large cost ($─$$$$). Some quit smoking methods have side effects. Always read and follow the instructions on packages carefully.

Includes pamphlets, booklets, manuals, videos, audio

Many guides and other materials are available but vary in quality

Many online quitting programs are available but vary in quality

You can start counseling to help you get ready to quit, then continue counseling to help you stay quit

Ask your doctor about smoking cessation support groups or counselors you can meet with face-to-face, or contact your local clinic, hospital, or health department

You may need to schedule an appointment

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak to a counselor for information and advice on preparing to quit or trying to stay quit

Chat with a quit smoking counselor at LiveHelp (livehelp.cancer.gov). Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern time. Also in Spanish

Call 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) 24/7 for information and tips on quitting smoking

Combining counseling with medication is more effective than either counseling or medication by itself

Placed on the skin to supply a small controlled amount of nicotine to the body

Helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Available over the counter; can be used the day you buy them

For most people, no need to talk to a health care provider before using

Chewed to release nicotine that gets absorbed through tissue inside the mouth

Helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Available over the counter; can be used the day you buy it

For most people, no need to talk to a health care provider before using

Looks like hard candy; placed in the mouth where it slowly dissolves, releasing nicotine

Helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Available over the counter; can be used the day you buy them

For most people, no need to talk to a health care provider before using

Cartridge attached to a mouthpiece that delivers a specific amount of nicotine to the user with each puff

Helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Available only from your doctor

You’ll need to schedule an appointment to get a prescription before you can use it to quit smoking

Pump bottle inserted into the nose and sprayed to deliver a specific amount of nicotine to the user with each spray

Helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Available only from your doctor

You’ll need to schedule an appointment to get a prescription before you can use it to quit smoking

Prescription medication (pills) that eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms and blocks effects of nicotine from cigarettes if the user starts smoking again

Contains no nicotine

Available only from your doctor

You’ll need to schedule an appointment to get a prescription

You’ll need to let the medication build up in your system before you can use it as a quit smoking method

Prescription medication (pills) that helps reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke

Contains no nicotine; can be used safely with nicotine replacement products

Available only from your doctor

You’ll need to schedule an appointment to get a prescription

You’ll need to let the medication build up in your system before you can use it as a quit smoking method

Combining certain medications can be more effective than either medication by itself

Nicotine patch may be combined with other nicotine replacement products (gum, nasal spray, inhaler) or with Bupropion SR pills

Some medications are available over the counter, while others are available only from your doctor

State of deep concentration in which you are guided through some thoughts and feelings

Aims to help people quit smoking by reducing the desire to smoke, increasing the will to quit, or helping to focus on quitting programs

Available from a national board certified hypnotherapist

You'll need to schedule an appointment before you can use hypnosis as a quit smoking method

Little proof that hypnosis helps smokers quit successfully

Low-intensity light beams used on certain parts of the body

No proof that laser therapy helps smokers quit successfully

Needles are placed in certain parts of the body, including outside of the ear

Aims to relieve discomfort from nicotine withdrawal

Available from a licensed acupuncturist

You’ll need to schedule an appointment before you can use acupuncture as a quit smoking method

No proof that acupuncture helps smokers quit successfully

★★★★ Combine in-person or telephone counseling with medication to increase your chances of successfully quitting

★★★ When used as directed, can more than double your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ When used as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ Can double your chances of staying quit; the more you do, the better your chances

★★ When used together as directed, can increase your chances of quitting successfully

★★ Can double your chances of staying quit; the more sessions you complete, the better your chances

★ Good if you are motivated and confident about quitting

★ Good if you are motivated and confident about quitting

No proof that laser therapy helps smokers quit successfully

Little proof that hypnosis helps smokers quit successfully

No proof that acupuncture helps smokers quit successfully

Free No cost for calling these help lines

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Free to $ Available from your doctor, other health care provider, health department, or online

Free to $$ May be free or cost reduced by insurance or clinics

1-800-QUIT-NOW may offer free or low-cost nicotine patches to eligible adults in certain states

Free to $$ May be free or cost reduced by insurance or clinics

1-800-QUIT-NOW may offer free or low-cost nicotine gum to eligible adults in certain states

Free to $$ May be free or cost reduced by insurance or clinics

1-800-QUIT-NOW may offer free or low-cost nicotine lozenges to eligible adults in certain states

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced by insurance or clinics

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced through insurance or clinics

1-800-QUIT-NOW may offer free or low-cost Bupropion SR to eligible adults in certain states

Free to $$$ May be free (telephone quitline) or cost reduced through insurance or Medicare

Cost and availability (over-the-counter or prescription medications) will depend on the combination of methods you choose

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced or covered by insurance or Medicare

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced through insurance or clinics

1-800-QUIT-NOW may offer free or low-cost medications to eligible adults in certain states

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced through insurance or clinics

Free to $$$ May be free or cost reduced through insurance or clinics

$$$ Not usually covered by insurance

$$$ Not covered by insurance

$$$ Might not be covered by insurance

Side Effects: None

Side Effects: May include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, redness, or swelling at the patch site

Use as directed to avoid many of these side effects

Side Effects: May include bad taste in the mouth, tingling feeling on tongue when chewing gum, hiccups, upset stomach, nausea, heartburn, jaw pain caused by chewing

Use as directed to avoid many of these side effects

Side Effects: May include soreness in teeth or gums, indigestion, irritated throat

Side Effects: May include irritated throat, irritated mouth, coughing

Side Effects: May include sneezing, coughing, watery eyes

Side Effects: Combining certain medications may increase the chance of side effects

Side Effects: None from in-person or telephone counseling

Side effects from quit smoking medications depend on the type you choose

Side Effects: May include nausea, change in dreaming, constipation, gas, vomiting

Some people have had mood swings, depression, and suicidal thoughts, but these side effects are very rare

Stop this medication and tell your doctor right away if you have serious changes in your mood

Your doctor will monitor you carefully

Side Effects: May include dry mouth and difficulty sleeping

Side Effects: Unknown

Side Effects: Unknown

Side Effects: Unknown