Products that Help You Quit Smoking
Most products that are marketed as helping smokers quit don'thing. Some even increase the risk of smoking. Here is my list of the best products for helping people quit smoking:
Amphetamine HCL - HCL is a chemical found in many cough and cold medicines that are used as an anesthetic. Amphetamines are known to increase the risk of relapse when users relapse to smoking. I don't think HCL helps people quit smoking as much as alcohol, or coffee, or even sugar. There is little information about the effect of HCL on people who are just trying to stop, because it is hard to know how the product might affect people who have never smoked or who have been smoking for a long time. This is true of all other quitting aids such as nicotine patches and gum, which are designed to help smokers stop smoking. If you are a patient, I encourage you to do some homework and read some of the studies that are available. Here is an excellent review of the effectiveness of HCL on smokers. (1,2) In addition, I urge you to read the following: "Smoking cessation products and the treatment of smoking" by R. E. W. Rennel, MD, FAAP.