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Which is better: Nicotine path or gum?

Asked by xgunther (446points) July 17th, 2007 from iPhone

Which yields better success rates when trying to quit smoking? The nicotine patch or gum?

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glosski's avatar

patch with regular gum
or cold turkey like me
if you remember to not change any other habits ( break times or locations ) you have the greatest chance of success
also get yourself something to play with for your hands ( twisty ties and paperclips and rubberbands ) so you have a replacement for those idle hands

sjg102379's avatar

A friend of mine was very successful using Zyban, which comes in pill form and helps you taper down and then quit completely. (Interestingly, Zyban is just a repackaged form of the anti-depressant Wellbutrin). http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_zyban.pdf

glosski's avatar

plus, gum has left the feeling of burns on some of my friends who have tried it - it depends on how sensitive you are to the direct nicotine; see if you can get a sample of both before you spend that money on either - they aren't cheap!

gailcalled's avatar

Water, worry beads and raisins, eaten in a Zen-like awareness mode (slow and attentive).

mirza's avatar

none of them
i have personally tried both but still went back to smoking
the only thing that worked the longest for me is the patch which worked for about 5 weeks

glial's avatar

Comit Lozenge worked better than either for me.

gailcalled's avatar

Another sure-fire way of quitting (worked for me) was to get a call from the Oncologist who says. "We need to do a biopsy." And then the second call using the C word. And I don't mean "cigarettes." "Chemo" is another guaranteed ciggie deterrent.

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