A variety of treatments are purportedly available to aid in quitting smoking.

What are effective, scientifically proven ways to quit smoking? In particular, is any treatment significantly better than placebo?

Examples of smoking cessation aids for context and convenience. You don't need to double check all of them if you don't want, feel free to indicate any other you like:

  • Nicotine patches/gums/inhalers
  • Herbal cigarettes (not cannabis)
  • Cannabis
  • Hypnosis
  • Psychotherapy/Support groups
  • Getting yourself sick by smoking too much all at once
  • Gradually decreased number
  • Anti depressants

Most of the methods are documented on wikipedia, some are claims I've heard from friends or from books and movies.

  • This is far too much for one question. Break it into seven or nine different questions, if you want, but questioning seven different ways that might get you to stop smoking at once is too broad.
    – Borror0
    Mar 8, 2011 at 20:50
  • Fixed: one method is enough for a valid answer.
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 8, 2011 at 21:09
  • Perhaps rephrase to ask what the most scientifically proven method is? Mar 8, 2011 at 21:10
  • @Russel I've tried to incorporate your suggestion without making the question overly broad.
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 8, 2011 at 21:19
  • Strong will and determination tops all that. Not scientifically proven though :)
    – Egle
    Mar 8, 2011 at 22:33

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The American Cancer Society makes the claim that stopping with drugs is significantly more effective than without. They also list several drugs which have been shown to help quitting.

They don't do a very good job of revealing where their data comes from, but I'll check more.

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