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Comparison of Methods to Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Table of comparisons of methods to quit smoking cigarettes, more detailed information is included below.

Quitting Method, Total Time and Cost & Success Rate


Quitting Method Total Time and Cost Success Rate
Nicotine Patches 10-16 Weeks @ $390.00 – $680.00 7%
Nicotine Gum 15-20 Weeks @ $480.00 – $690.00 10%
Nicotine Lozenges 12 Weeks @ $570.00 10%
Nicotine Tablets 3-6 Months @ $600.00 – $1200.00 17%
Nicotine Inhaler 18-20 Weeks @ $1000.00 – $2000.00 17%
Prescription Drugs Many different kinds, available on prescription. 10+ Weeks @ Various Costs. Various. Serious side-effects including convulsions, psychotic episodes & death!
Group Hypnosis From 2 hours @ $80.00-$120.00 25%
Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes 60-90 Minutes @ $495.00 95.6%

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) uses patches, gum, inhalers, lozenges, tablets and other methods to deliver nicotine into your bloodstream. They are designed to quench the nicotine craving while you quit smoking. The average daily ‘dose’ of nicotine is equivalent to about 6 packs of strong cigarettes, or 12 to 18 packs of light or ultra light varieties. Given that you get more nicotine from NRT than you would from smoking cigarettes, you would expect a high success rate, but in reality the success rate of NRT is only 7 – 17%, depending on the scientific study. This means a failure rate of 83 – 93%.

In addition to the high failure rate of NRT, it also has dangerous side effects, including nausea and indigestion, itching and redness of the skin (for patches), and inability to sleep and nightmares. The side effects can be more serious in rare cases. They are not recommended for use by pregnant women or anyone with heart conditions or blood circulation problems.

Nicotine Patches

A single Nicotine Patch is adhered to the skin each day. They are available in a variety of strengths to suit smokers level of habit, from light to heavy use. In warmer weather, your skin sweats under the patch causing the patch to peel off, which will add to the cost with replacements. Apparently, you have less withdrawal symptoms if you use them for 24 hours a day but you may have difficulty sleeping and / or nightmares.

The total cost based on the recommended usage of patches alone 10 to 16 weeks of treatment: $390 – $680

If you combine patches with nicotine gum, which research indicates helps to increase the success rate, add approximately another $100 to $300 to the bill.

The total cost of combined treatment: $490-$780 up to $980.

Nicotine Gum

Nicotine Chewing Gum comes in a variety of strengths depending on your level of smoking habit, light smoker to heavy smoker. An example of dosage is 2mg (8 to 10 pieces per day) or 4mg (4 to 6 pieces per day). You may experience some side effects from using nicotine gum, especially in the first few weeks, which include dizziness, sore mouth or throat, aching jaw muscles, nausea, indigestion or heartburn, and or hiccups. Some other effects include irritability, sleep disturbances and light headedness.

For a standard course of 15 to 20 weeks of nicotine gum alone, you can expect a total cost of around $480 – $690

Nicotine Lozenges & Nicotine Tablets

Nicotine lozenges and tablets are dissolved under the tongue.

Nicotine Lozenges have a recommended dosage of 1 lozenge every 1 to 2 hours for the first 6 weeks. Only 1 lozenge to be used at a time and a maximum of 15 per day. Side effects are generally worse in the first few weeks and can include: a bitter taste in your mouth, sore throat, mouth irritation, difficulty in swallowing, headaches, nausea, indigestion or heartburn, hiccups, dizziness and or belching.

Total cost of approximately $570 for a 12 week course in lozenges.

The recommended dosage of Nicotine Tablets is 1 to 2 tablets every 1 to 2 hours. Up to 8 to 12 per day and no more than 40 per day. Side effects for these are also generally worse in the first few weeks and may include a burning sensation in the mouth, sore throat, dry mouth, coughing, headache, nausea, indigestion and or hiccups.

For the recommended course between 3 and 6 months, the total cost is between $400 – $600 for 3 months, low consumption through to $1000 – $1200 for higher consumption for 3 months. If you use them for 6 months, you can double these figures.

Nicotine Inhaler

The Nicotine Inhaler is a plastic tube that contains a plug loaded with nicotine. Nicotine inhalers help to satisfy the hand-to-mouth routine some smokers crave. It is used the same way as a cigarette, when you inhale the cartridge releases nicotine to relieve the craving. Most people tend to use an average of 6 cartridges per day with a maximum of 12 per day. Common side effects include irritation in the throat and mouth, coughing, irritability, sleep disturbances and light headedness. You may also notice dizziness, headache, sore throat, mouth ulcers, vomiting, indigestion or heartburn, sinusitis, hiccups and or nasal congestion.

The total cost for the recommended usage is approximately $1000 to $2000 for an 18 to 20 week course.

Prescription Drugs

Since I’m not a medically trained doctor, I won’t go into a lot of detail on these. For more information, have a chat with your doctor.

The prescription drugs Bupropion (brand names Zyban SR, Clorpax, Prexaton and Bupropion-RL) and Varenicline (brand name Champix) can also reduce some nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These drugs must be prescribed by your doctor as they are not suitable for everyone and can often have nasty side effects such nausea, vomiting, headaches, hallucinations.

National Health Service reports have shown that Zyban can be completely ineffective unless combined with other psychological or group type treatment-for example, hypnosis or group support. “It is important to combine taking [these prescription drugs] with professional help, such as quit planning strategies that include changes of habits and routines” Bupropion (Zyban) and Varenicline (Champix) “is only one part of your overall quit smoking plan. It is important to know that this medication by itself will not make you stop smoking” (www.cancerinstitute.org.au)

People have actually died as a side effect from Zyban. The makers of this drug state that 1 in 1000 will suffer convulsions that could lead to death. It doesn’t work, and it is a very dangerous drug.

Group Hypnosis

Yes, the group hypnosis quit cigarettes is only $80 – $120, but only 25% of the people get results. In a group setting your practitioner cannot custom tailor the program to you and your needs. That is why the success rates are so low. If you want to gamble, that you will be in the 25% who succeeds, you can give it a try.

The Quit Cigarettes in 60 Minutes Program

This program is completely safe, and is Guaranteed for Life! The first session is $495.00, any back up sessions are FREE!

The success rate from all Quit Specialists Australia-wide is 95.6%. This program is safe during pregnancy, safe for people with heart conditions or blood circulation issues, there are no side effects and no drawn out and lengthy treatment times.

So if you are frustrated with failing to quit smoking again and again, Call 1300 730 516 and book your Quit Cigarettes session today!

What do you need to do?

Meet with your Quit Cigarettes Specialist and we will discuss:

  • Background information about you and your habit
  • The specific reasons and excuses why you have not quit before
  • How the system works.

Your Specialist will then:

  • Design a program to your specific needs and situation
  • Use Advanced Hypnosis
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Reframing and other processes to break the habits of a lifetime
  • Provide you with support materials to help ensure you remain a non-smoker for life!