Nicotine patches don’t work?

Huh.  I used ’em to quit smoking, myself: all in all, they seemed relatively straightforward and effective.  Maybe I was just getting one heck of a placebo effect.

Moe Lane

Via Hot Air Headlines.


  • Neil Stevens says:

    Wrong conclusion. It’s measuring the *relapse* rate for those who already quit. Better headline is “Nicotine patch users aren’t less likely to start smoking again after they quit.” Given that nicotine addiction is physical, their use will matter in alleviating nicotine-related issues.

    It doesn’t measure whether people found it easier to quit in the first place or not.

  • Cameron says:

    Perhaps it was because of the incentive you had to quit?

  • qixlqatl says:

    What I saw on this subject was that the patches work if they are used as directed, and a significant fraction of users don’t…..(at least that was my take on the ABC news piece going on while I was in the room; it isn’t like I pay much attention to them 😉 )

  • qixlqatl says:

    Oh, yeah, I quit cold turkey 9:30ish p.m. NYE 2010, haven’t relapsed yet. Quitting all boils down to having the determination to make that change and stick it out. Breaking the physical addiction was the easier side of quitting for me. Overcoming the ritualistically familiar habit of an after dinner smoke was hard.

  • DaveP. says:

    Consider the source, folks…

    I brought a one-week box of nic patches, used six, and carried the seventh unopened in my wallet as a good-luck charm for the next four years. Total, I’ve been clean for fifteen years and two months.
    I have no complaints, and have had no problems.
    On the other hand, I went to school with a guy who used the nicotene gum to quit smoking prior to attending Marine basic. It worked- and left him hooked on chewing the nic gum…

  • xander says:

    My dad smoked for over 30 years, when he became diabetic he had to quit. He simply weaned himself off over almost a year, fewer and fewer smokes until he stopped altogether. He says he’s never missed it. A friend who quit cold-turkey says he could pick up a cig at any time and be right back where he was.

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