Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation Facts

Nicotine is a drug substance found in tobacco products that can be just as addictive as alcohol, cocaine, or heroin. When a smoker attempts to quit cold turkey, they may experience any number of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and changes in appetite. Many smokers may become overwhelmed and return to cigarettes rather than dealing with the withdrawal. Smoking cessation products, including nicotine replacement therapies, are medicines that are used to help smokers successfully kick this highly addictive and potentially life-threatening habit.

More often than not, smoking is not just a physical addiction, but a behavioral addiction as well. Certain things that you do throughout the day, such as taking a coffee break, reading, or even driving your car, may trigger your psychological need to smoke. To increase your chances of quitting, smoking cessation products also include behavioral support information and programs.

Smoking Cessation Treatments

Smoking cessation products, like all over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, contain certain active ingredients that make them work in the human body. These active ingredients, including how much of a substance is in each dose, are listed first on the Drug Facts label.

Nicotine replacement therapies are smoking cessation products that are intended to slowly wean a smoker off of cigarettes without exposing them to other harmful chemicals found in tobacco products. This gradual process helps reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine cravings, and increases a person’s chances of quitting successfully. Many products are available to consumers in lozenge, gum, and skin patch forms.

Smoking cessation active ingredients, include:

  • OTC Smoking cessation products are not labeled for use in children under the age of 18. If you are the parent or caregiver of a child under the age of 18, talk to a healthcare provider before giving a smoking cessation to your child.
  • Take special care to dispose of smoking cessation products properly. Used products may have enough nicotine to poison children.
  • If a child accidentally swallows a discarded smoking cessation product, immediately contact a healthcare provider or the poison control national helpline at 800.222.1222.