The Nicotine patch. the facts and advice from real people.
The Nicotine Patch.
Know the facts.
Understand the side effects.
Then consider your alternatives.
Consumers spend nearly $800 million every year on ways to quit smoking such as nicotine patches, gums, and nasal sprays.
But does the patch work?
Many studies have been done on the nicotine patch. And every single study shows the patch isn't any more effective in helping people quit smoking than if they had simply quit cold turkey.
In fact, statistically, your chances of quitting long-term are actually better if you quit cold turkey!
A 2012 study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that nicotine replacement therapies, including the nicotine patch, do NOT help people quit smoking.
After studying nearly 800 adults for about a decade, they found that the rate of relapse among people using nicotine patches or gum was nearly identical to that of people trying to quit cold turkey. Even with professional counseling, people who were on the nicotine patch didn't succeed in quitting over the long term.
Advice from those who've been there, done that.
Read the studies on the nicotine patch and decide if you still want to use them. Next, read about the side effects of the nicotine patch and who shouldn't use them. You could be on the long list of people who run even higher risks.
Finally, read about using the electronic cigarette to quit smoking and recent studies that comparing the e-cigarette vs. the patch, showing it's more effective in helping people quit or reduce their cigarette consumption.
"I want to meet my future grandkids."
Let's face the cold, hard facts. Women who smoke will die on average 11 years before their non-smoking friends. Most women are like mother lions who will do anything to protect their young.
That's why they're switching to e-cigarettes in droves. They don't want to expose their fetus, infant or children to secondhand smoke. And they want to see their kids graduate from college, get married and then be a part of their grandchildren's lives.
Smoking-related diseases kills 480,000 people every year. Not one person has died or been seriously harmed by an off-the-shelf e-cigarette since it was introduced in 2007.
You make the choice.
What DOES work to quit smoking?
The prime ingredient for success is motivation. Get your friends involved. Their support can make all the difference in your quest to quit smoking.
What about the electronic cigarette to quit smoking?
The e-cigarette is the biggest and most exciting advance in products that help people quit smoking. Over 3.5 million people have used e-cigarettes, or about one in every five smokers.
If the e-cigarette doesn't help you quit smoking, several studies have shown that it is extremely effective in helping you reduce your cigarette consumption.
Are e-cigarettes safe?
Don’t be taken in by misleading claims by the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries. They see e-cigarettes as a threat to their market.
Read the facts about e-cigarettes, published by credible organizations like the American Council on Science and Health and Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives.
A note about this site: This site was written by a healthcare writer and edited by the former editor of MayoClinic.com as a public service to help smokers make informed decisions about the nicotine patch and alternative methods to reduce or quit smoking. All of the research cited here links to the original research studies where you can read them in their entirety.