Does the Magic Stop Smoking Pill Help?
You will soon learn that promises made by advertisers, product manufacturers and salesmen should be taken with not just a pinch of salt but, perhaps, a handful of it. Smoking is a habit that has become a part of your system; you need to put in conscious effort to break the habit. I say, conscious effort, because there will be many times when you will revert to the old pattern unconsciously. So, you need to make the change and implement it with full awareness.
You need to know these 3 facts about the ‘magic pills’.
- Quitting cold turkey is successful for approximately 3% of people (keep in mind that those 3% may not have quit on their first attempt).
- Many off-the-shelf pharmaceuticals claim to double your chances (6%) and increase them fivefold (15%) at best.
- Other newly released products claim nearly twenty times the effectiveness of cold turkey. However, this rate of success was achieved by giving huge incentives. There was a fully supportive group and a team of team of doctors and counselors watching over them and testing each phase, and to top it all, they were paid for their efforts as well. Any one would quit smoking if someone else is willing to spend thousands of dollars and dozens of hours to help them do it! But, this is not the ground reality. How many people would be fortunate to get into this select group? In the ultimate analysis, this improved wonder drug will ultimately fall into the same percentages as every other pharmaceutical offering.
So the magic 100% success rate is a total myth. It is wishful thinking on the part of pharmaceutical companies that try to captivate the desperate smokers desperately trying to give up smoking without making any effort. This is not to say that smoking cessation does not help at all; it does aid sometimes. But, as the good old saying goes, God helps those who help themselves. These wonder drugs also help more if you place your faith in yourself and your ability to achieve your stop smoking goal rather than place all your bets on a pill or a patch.
You may argue that if you had the willpower, you wouldn’t seek such measures in the first place. True, will power has to be built slowly and steadily. But the first step here is education and information. You should be aware of the real truths about your smoking habit and what it really takes to rid yourself of it. Since you cannot grasp all the information from an article or even a series of articles, you need to take a fully developed program that leads you step-by-step to your goal. There are several fully encompassing information programs to help you meet this goal.
So, to begin with, you must seek out all the information you can find about smoking, nicotine, quitting and the benefits of quitting. You need to spend a few days or weeks to find the information that will help you quit without relying on a ‘magic pill’ to do it for you. After all, you’ve spent years or decades developing your smoking habit, so now it is but natural that you should spend some time to get rid of it.