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NICODERM CQ

There's a reason why the Nicoderm CQ patch is one of the most popular stop-smoking products available; it's convenient, effective, and affordable.

The Nicoderm CQ patch provides a form of Therapeutic Nicotine that delivers nicotine to your system in a controlled release manner for 24 hours. As you move through the program, beyond the introductory Step 1 and into Steps 2 and 3, successive patches deliver less nicotine to your system, eventually weaning away your addiction. This is a patented SmartControl Technology that helps smokers quit by reducing withdrawal symptoms until the body no longer needs the nicotine.

Nicoderm CQ offers two different options, depending on how many cigarettes you smoke a day. One is designed for heavy smokers, and the other is designed for light smokers. The difference is in the amount of nicotine that is delivered to your body, and the length of the program.

For Heavy Smokers (those who smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day), a 10-week program is offered. Following shows the amount of nicotine delivered to your system:

  • Weeks 1-6:  21 mg per day
  • Weeks 7-8:  14 mg per day
  • Weeks 9-10:  7mg per day

For Light Smokers (those who smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day), a slightly less 8-week program is offered. Nicotine delivery for light smokers is as follows:

  • Weeks 1-6:  14 mg per day
  • Weeks 7-8:  7 mg per day

If you are unsatisfied with the product, you can return unopened boxes of Nicoderm CQ for a refund within 30 days.

For only $49 for the Step 1 part of the program, Nicoderm CQ is very afforable. As you progress through the system, you can order and pay for Steps 2 and 3 as you need them. With an effective solution and convenient application, Nicoderm CQ delivers an excellent stop smoking system. They earn our highest rating.

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HABITROL

Like Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol is a patch that delivers controlled amounts of nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin. The amount of nicotine that the patch offers is less than that of a cigarette, but enough to stave off cravings.

The amount of nicotine that is delivered to your system is controlled through the patch that you wear. As you continue to take the patches, less nicotine will be delivered to your system, effectively training your body to move off of the addiction. Like Nicoderm CQ, Habitrol has one solution for heavy smokers and another for light smokers.

For Heavy Smokers (those who smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day), an 8-week program is offered. Following shows the amount of nicotine delivered to your system:

  • Weeks 1-4:  21 mg per day
  • Weeks 5-6:  14 mg per day
  • Weeks 7-8:  7mg per day

For Light Smokers (those who smoke less than 10 cigarettes per day), a slightly less 8-week program is offered. Nicotine delivery for light smokers is as follows:

  • Weeks 1-6:  14 mg per day
  • Weeks 7-8:  7 mg per day

Physical withdrawal symptoms usually reach their peak in 24 to 72 hours after quitting. After the first 1-3 days the symptoms begin to decline over the next several weeks. As this begins to happen, you are automatically moved to a patch with a lower dosing level.

We found the delivery system in the Nicoderm CQ patch to be a little more effective than Habitrol; it seems to distribute the nicotine more evenly throughout the day. However, we had no physical discomfort from either patch.

Habitrol offers a money-back refund on unopened packages of the product within 30 days of purchase.

Habitrol earns high marks for delivering a product comparable to Nicoderm CQ but at less cost. If you don't mind the subtle differences, and can live with the return policy, Habitrol is a very good choice.

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ZERO NICOTINE

Zero Nicotine is a patch that eliminates the nicotine in the body, instead of replenishing nicotine levels like some patch products do.

The patch combines a variety of traditional herbal formulas that are designed to eliminate the need for nicotine. All 17 of the herbal ingredients are listed on the website and an easy to understand description is listed for each one. This is very helpful, especially since the home page is so vague.

One thing about this patch that is different from the others that we have examined, is the length of time you wear it. One box, which is a 30-day supply, contains ten patches. Each patch is to be worn for three days. The Zero Nicotine patch claims to be much more durable than some of it's competitors. It is supposed to hold up during workouts, showers, even swimming.

In practice, we didn't find the patch any more or less durable than those offered by highly-rated Nicoderm CQ. They both seemed durable enough to last for 3 days. Of course, the Nicoderm CQ patch is designed to be replaced after 24 hours, since it has by that time released all its medicine.

Zero Nicotine recommends a minimum 30 day supply (10 patches), at a price of $59.95. They also provide a money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied, you can return the patches with your original dated receipt within 90 days of purchase, and get a refund. It does not say full refund, although that is assumed.

Zero Nicotine is a reasonable product. If you like to approach of a patch system, and don't want to have to change the patch every day, you might give Zero Nicotine a try.

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NICORETTE

Nicorette is a chewing gum, with each piece containing 4mg of nicotine. This is designed to deliver a small amount of nicotine into your body, in order to help save off your cravings.

The program is 12 weeks long and provides you with 170 pieces of gum. The recommended dosage is one piece of gum every 1-2 hours the first six weeks, then a piece every 2-4 hours for weeks seven through nine, and then a piece every 4-8 hours as needed for the last two weeks of the program. In order to meet this dosage, you'll need to purchase at least 2 boxes of gum, driving the total cost of the program to $140 or more.

One selling point of the chewing gum approach to stop smoking is the quick release of nicotine into the body every time you pop a new piece of gum in your mouth. Another plus about this method is the oral gratification you get through having something to chew on. This tends to work best for sporadic smokers, as opposed to those who smoke at the same time every day.

While this works very well as a short-term fix, most likely it's not strong enough to be a stop-smoking solution all by itself. Instead, it works very well as a supplement to other programs, working to stave off short-term cravings when needed.

This product comes with a 30-day money back guarantee on unopened boxes only.

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Stop Smoking

In recent years, there has been a boom in growth for products designed to help you stop smoking. From patches to prescriptions, nicotine delivery systems, herbal products, supplements, chewing gum, and lozenges, the options seem endless.

While the approaches differ, their goals are the same: to give you a healthier, cleaner body. Studies have shown that people who quit smoking have a much better outlook on life. They have more energy and are happier with themselves.

You can also save a lot of money by quitting smoking. A person who smokes a single pack of cigarettes a day can save over $2,500 a year in cigarettes alone - not to mention the money saved on doctor visits and other long-term medical spending.

When looking at different stop smoking programs, there are certain factors you need to consider. Some of these include:

  • Effectiveness.  The bottom line - does the product work? Does it deliver on its claims? Spending your time and money on ineffective smoking products will only lead to frustration.
  • Convenience.  How manageable is the solution? It will do no good if it sits on the shelf and goes unused.
  • Cost.  Is the cost of the product competitive with other smoking solutions?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best stop smoking products available today. We hope this information helps you to kick that smoking habit once and for all!



The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

The benefits of quitting smoking have been well documented over the years. Some of the top benefits include:

Health Benefits
Health benefits include decreasing the risk of having many types of cancer (lung, mouth, esophageal, etc.), decreasing the likelihood of infertility or impotence, and decreasing the chance of having high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease. If you don't have any of these health issues already, consider yourself lucky and quit while you're ahead. The surgeon general has stated that quitting has major and immediate benefits to health for women and men whether they already have smoking related health problems or not.

The problems above are health issues associated with smoking but another health issue that comes up when people talk about quitting smoking is weight gain. Many people tend to gain a little weight because they replace having a cigarette in their mouth with putting food in their mouth. For most people the weight gain is 5-10 pounds. Don't let this be a deterrent. The health benefits of quitting far outweigh the risks associated with negligible weight gain. By eating a healthy diet and keeping active you will be able to maintain your 'smokers' weight.

Elimination of Second Hand Smoke
While it is easy to list the health benefits of quitting smoking, the advantages do not end there. You'll also be helping those around you by not producing second hand smoke, setting a good example for your own or other people's children, and getting that pesky cigarette stench out of your hair, wardrobe, car and house. And NO MORE smokers breath!

Financial Benefits
Let's not forget the financial impact smoking can have. Smoking is an expensive habit; extremely expensive if you're a chain smoker. Break out your calculator and follow along here boys and girls. The average price of cigarettes is over $6.75 per pack in the US (as of summer 2012). And year after year the cost will continue to rise as states try to increase tax revenue by raising the tax on cigarettes. If you buy the average pack of cigarettes ($6.75) and smoke two packs a week, it equals more than $700.00 per year. Four packs a week is over $1400.00 per year. One pack a day is nearly $2500.00 per year. That's some serious cash. What would you be able to do with an extra $700.00? $1400.00 every year? What could you do with $2500.00 extra in your piggy bank?

Health benefits and financial benefits are the really the typically at the top of list when it comes to reasons to stop smoking. When looking for methods to help stop the addiction consider a variety of options and don't give up - it's worth the effort.

 



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