Other methods

You may want to try other products or methods to help you quit. Although they haven’t shown the same effectiveness, here is some information about them.

Alternative methods

Certain alternative approaches, such as acupuncture, hypnosis, aversion therapy, phytotherapy, and homeopathy, can help with smoking cessation. However, no scientific study has confirmed their effectiveness.

The relaxation effect of some approaches may be of help as a complement to a pharmacological aid. But before turning to one of these approaches, get information on the therapist's training, the safety of the method or means used, the number of sessions, the cost and whether it can be reimbursed by your insurance plan.

If you are planning to use natural products, get information from a doctor or pharmacist on the risks of interaction with other medications that you might be taking.

 

What about electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) seem to be a useful smoking cessation aid for certain types of smokers. However, because more research needs to be done and due to the lack of regulations and control of the numerous products available, it is recommended to use caution and to talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting using them.

We therefore recommend that smokers first try proven methods to stop smoking, like nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gums, lozenges, inhaler or mouth spray), bupropion, or varenicline. The contents and manufacturing of these products are strictly regulated. What’s more, they are covered by most insurance plans.

 

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