Quitting smoking unaided methods established

Stop Smoking Methods

University of Sydney experts questioned people who have quitted smoking ‘cold turkey’ as piece of a main study researching the most effective stop smoking methods.

Research head, Professor Simon Chapman from the School of Public Health, said the qualitative, interview-based research is considering how lots of people who effectively quit smoking actually do it.

“Curiously, there is a huge level of study lack of knowledge about what is a key reason – that most ex-smokers stop without medicines or professional help. This is something to be learned.”

Professor Chapman and collaborator Melanie Wakefield claim that most smokers manage to quit smoking by themselves, without the use of nicotine replacement therapies.

“The American Cancer Society predicted in 1986 that more than 90 % of the forecasted 37 million people who have given up smoking in this country since the Surgeon General’s first report linking smoking to cancer have done so unaided,” they wrote.

“Smoking prevalence began decreasing from the early 1960s in most Anglophone locations some 20 years before nicotine replacement therapy appeared.”

Professor Chapman said the falls in other countries generally began later and proceeded little by little.

“Those suggesting that it is somehow evident that non-combusted nicotine should be an important part to mass cessation appear to have either forgotten or are ignorant of the history of how this massive phenomenon happened: for 25 years, in the absence of NRT, and thereafter, mostly regardless of its increased availability,” he said.

“Even now, regardless of 20 years of massive marketing initiatives by pharmaceutical firms and the dominance of assisted cessation within the quitting smoking community, 15 in the USA, unassisted cessation nowadays creates 2.8 times more effective quit attempts than are attributable to NRT.

“In the 50 years since the 20th century’s smoking epidemic commenced to decrease from the beginning of the 1960s, billions of smokers all over the world have quitted smoking permanently.

“Significantly, most stopped without any formal assistance in the form of drugs or professional assistance, including many millions of former heavy smokers.

“This is something to be quantified with a research aimed at quitting in Australia.

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