Smoking Cessation – Method Comparison Chart

FRESH FILTERS is among many different types of smoking cessation programs and products.  However, smokers BEWARE even though there are other quit smoking products and solutions out there – a majority of them may be useless, ineffective or even harmful to you or someone you know.

The Smoking Cessation Comparison Chart was put together through many hours of research by FRESH FILTERS for our customers make educated decisions when planning on starting a smoking cessation program.

Quit Methods and Medical Study Links.

How EFFECTIVE is each cessation method?  What percent of smokers are successful.

How SAFE is each cessation method?

FRESH Filters
REGULARS: 97% Tar | 96% Nicotine
ULTRA LIGHTS: 94% Tar | 90% Nicotine | Independent Laboratory tested and proven.
Plastic pressure filter – That’s it.
No Drugs, No Side Effects
7% with Nicotine Replacement Therapy alone. Up to 15% when used with other prescription drugs.
Nicotine Poisoning can occur IF correct dosage is not used.
Chantix (Varenicline)
READ: http://bit.ly/cochrane-chantix
14% long-term effectiveness in independent study. (6 month doctor follow-up required.) Chantix is a Rx medication that eases nicotine withdrawal symptoms and blocks the effects of nicotine from cigarettes if the user starts smoking again. It contains no nicotine.
See official warning below.
10% long-term effectiveness in independent study. Bupropion SR is a Rx medication that helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and urges to smoke. It contains no nicotine Bupropion SR can be used safely with nicotine replacement products.

DRUG INFO: http://bit.ly/1Lvxldf

See below for complete details.
Herbal
Mystery Mixes?
% Unknown. There are hundreds of “Natural” and “Homeopathic” “cures” and detoxicants for Smokers looking to quit. Many of these are in your local pharmacy and a few undoubtedly in your refrigerator. Please know the following:
1. The FDA does not vet or approve Herbal products so none of their claims need to be tested.
2. Although there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence offered (Stories and Testimonials) We found NO Herbal treatment that has been Lab tested and none that has done a medical or trial study and that is proven to work.
Ingredients vary, A LOT!! Herbal products are NOT vetted or approved by the FDA.
% Unknown. Completely dependent on the person no long-term benefit reported.
Safe for most persons.
Electronic Cigarettes
READ: http://bit.ly/ecig-report1
% Unknown. Vaping was not designed for quitting – It was designed for Nicotine delivery. If the correct Nicotine levels are created and varied correctly then it can be as effective as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
U.S. made (juice) is safe.
% Unknown. Psychological benefits for smokers trying to quit – No physical evidence of effectiveness.
Safety is unknown.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Combining counseling (in-person or telephone) with medication is more effective than using ANY method by itself.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:
This document is only a brief summary of smoking cessation methods, no reccomendation is claimed or implied. It is not to be taken as medical advise or an endorsement of any particular quitting method. All readers are urged to use the links here and read the source information, do their own independent research and consult a doctor before choosing a quit method.

OFFICIAL CHANTIX SAFETY WARNINGS:
Some people have had changes in behavior, hostility, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts or actions while using CHANTIX to help them quit smoking. Some people had these symptoms when they began taking CHANTIX, and others developed them after several weeks of treatment or after stopping CHANTIX. If you, your family or caregiver notice agitation, hostility, depression or changes in behavior, thinking, or mood that are not typical for you, or you develop suicidal thoughts or actions, anxiety, panic, aggression, anger, mania, abnormal sensations, hallucinations, paranoia or confusion, stop taking CHANTIX and call your doctor right away Also tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems before taking CHANTIX, as these symptoms may worsen while taking CHANTIX. Before starting CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you have a history of heart or blood vessel problems. If you have new or worse heart or blood vessel symptoms during treatment, tell your doctor. Get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. CHANTIX should not be taken with other quit-smoking products. You may need a lower dose of CHANTIX if you have kidney problems or get dialysis. Before starting CHANTIX, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you take insulin, asthma medicines or blood thinners. Medicines like these may work differently when you quit smoking.

WELLBUTRIN (BUPROPION) SIDE EFFECTS AND WARNINGS:
You should not take bupropion if you have seizures, an eating disorder, or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or sedatives. If you take Wellbutrin (Bupropion) for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking. Do not use bupropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

Slideshow: Depression, the Risk of Suicide, and Treatment Options see link – http://www.drugs.com/bupropion.html

Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions or when using certain drugs. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and the drugs you use. Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.

BEFORE TAKING THIS MEDICINE:
Do not use bupropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others You should not take bupropion if you are allergic to it, or if you have: epilepsy or a seizure disorder; an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia; or if you have suddenly stopped using alcohol, seizure medication, or a sedative (Valium, Nembutal, Seconal, Solfoton, and others). Bupropion may cause seizures, especially in people with certain medical conditions. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Do not take bupropion to treat more than one condition at a time. If you take Wellbutrin for depression, do not also take Zyban to quit smoking. To make sure bupropion is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: a history of head injury, seizures, or brain or spinal cord tumor; narrow-angle glaucoma; heart disease, high blood pressure, history of heart attack; diabetes; kidney or liver disease (especially cirrhosis); or bipolar disorder (manic depression). Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking an antidepressant. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using bupropion. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail) Bupropion can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

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