For someone who smoked for a very long time, quitting is sometimes a very difficult task to undertake. Most of the smokers who want to quit their habit simply use willpower, while other need to try out different nicotine surrogates like nicotine patches, lozenges or even pill. According to a team of scientists, there is no statistical difference between varenicline and nicotine patches.
Some of the anti-tobacco ads keep telling us that quitting is a piece of pie. In reality, you need more than willpower in order to triumph over the urge to light up another coffin nail. Indeed, there are people who manage to stare at the opened pack of cigarettes and say “I quit!”, but these case are very rare indeed.
Most of us need a couple of surrogates before we can truly say that we quit smoking. Nicotine patches can work wonders if you’ve been smoking for a very long time. And in rare cases of chronic smoking, the specialists can use a combo of nicotine patch and a pill that is capable of easing the symptoms of smoking withdrawal.
A recent study wanted to see what the best way to quit smoking is. In order to see some result, the team of medical researchers from the University of Wisconsin used the help of over a thousand volunteers.
According to the team, all of the members who enrolled in this clinical trial used to smoke an average of 17 cigarettes per day. In order to see what the best way to quit smoking is, each of the test subjects randomly received a surrogate. The study followed the evolution of the group over a period of three months.
To see if the smokers managed to keep away from cigarettes, after the 26th week, each individual was asked if they smoked during the last week. And to ensure that the results are valid, each member was submitted to a routine blood test in order to ascertain the level of CO2 in their blood.
The scientists concluded that there is no statistical difference between varenicline and nicotine patches. Moreover, it seems that smokers are able to quit simply by using either lozenges or nicotine patches. That way, they can escape from the side-effects of varenicline, a withdrawal pill, like nausea or constipation.
As for the numbers, it would seem that approximately 23 percent of the participants who used nicotine patches kicked their habit after the 26th week. Moreover, 24 percent of the patients who used varenicline check out after week 26 and 27 percent of those who used lozenges were clean and bright at the end of the study.
In conclusion, there is no statistical difference between varenicline and nicotine patches, and that patients can easily quit by using any of the three methods.