Shocking Findings From New Study, And What to Do Instead
Americans spend an astounding $1.5 BILLION annually on various nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) that are designed to help them fail again and again at quitting smoking, according to a recent Harvard School of Public Health/University of Massachusetts study.
In fact, among the nearly 800 smokers who participated in the Harvard/UMass study, the failure rate for people using NRT — nicotine gums, inhalers, nasal sprays and patches — over the long term matched that of people who attempted to quit smoking on their own, with no help from any drug.
No surprise, these results contradict the one-time gold seal of approval — FDA clinical trials back in the 90s — incorrectly calculating that smokers were three times more likely than not to quit with the help of NRTs for good.
Comparing the results over three two-year periods, the relapse rate for smokers doing it with NRT but without professional guidance from a medical professional was twice as high versus those who used no drugs to curb their nicotine habit.
We’re certainly not advising smokers to give up the fight merely because NRT wasn’t helpful over the long haul. Still, we understand why they gave up, considering the side effects, according to WebMD:
- Skin rash
- Upset stomach or heartburn
Classic film comedian W.C. Fields was one of a handful who were famous for coining the phrase, If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. However, few people recall the rest of what Fields said: Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it…
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Written By: Updated: January 15,2012