What is the cheapest option to manage my nicotine addiction?

The least expensive option for smoking cessation is obviously to quit “cold turkey," but unfortunately this is usually not as effective as other methods. The addition of tobacco cessation counseling can be fairly inexpensive and quite effective. There are counseling programs and support groups available through local American Lung Association chapters, insurance companies, local hospitals, or quit lines. Your insurance company may also cover nicotine replacement therapies or prescription medications, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix). Nicotine replacement therapies (chewing gum, lozenges, patches, inhalers, nasal sprays) are available over-the-counter and prices can vary for these products, so it’s best to compare different pharmacies, as well as therapies.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Whatever option you pick to help you kick the habit will still be cheaper than continuing to buy cigarettes. If you want to see how much you'll save, put the money you would have spent on cigarettes into a cookie jar and watch it grow. You may be able to spend a week in Maui with your cash.

If you don't want to spend any money on quitting, you can go cold turkey. Nothing's cheaper than that. There are many free face-to-face and online smoking cessation programs that give you step-by-step programs to follow.

Lots of people are successful without smoking cessation aids like medications and nicotine replacement therapies, but don't deny yourself assistance if you need it. Check around to see if your state has a free quit line or get-started program. These programs sometimes send you a nicotine replacement aid starter kit for free and throw in a few coupons for medication too.
The cheapest way for you to quit smoking is absolutely free -- going cold turkey. Making the commitment to stop smoking without medication costs you nothing but willpower. But quitting cold turkey is difficult for most people -- fewer than 3% of those who try are successful. Telephone and online counseling programs can help boost your chances of success. Check with Nicotine Anonymous, the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association for resources.

Your doctor can recommend medications if you experience cravings or depression after quitting smoking. Seeing your doctor and buying medication may not be cheap, but it will save you the costly expense of buying cigarettes down the road.

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