Other methods

You may want to try other products or methods to help you quit. Although they haven’t shown the same effectiveness, here is some information about them.

Alternative methods

Certain alternative approaches, such as acupuncture, hypnosis, aversion therapy, phytotherapy, and homeopathy, can help with smoking cessation. However, no scientific study has confirmed their effectiveness.

The relaxation effect of some approaches may be of help as a complement to a pharmacological aid. But before turning to one of these approaches, get information on the therapist's training, the safety of the method or means used, the number of sessions, the cost and whether it can be reimbursed by your insurance plan.

If you are planning to use natural products, get information from a doctor or pharmacist on the risks of interaction with other medications that you might be taking.

 

What about electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) seem to be a promising smoking cessation aid for certain types of smokers. However, because more research needs to be done and because there is a wide variety of e-cigarettes available, it is strongly recommended that you talk with your doctor or pharmacist before starting using them.

Furthermore, Health Canada and Quebec’s ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (page in French) suggest caution regarding e-cigarettes because their quality can vary and their contents may be different than what is indicated on the label.  For instance, they could contain nicotine even if the label reads “nicotine free”.  Please note that Quebec’s new law on tobacco prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors since the end of 2015.

We therefore recommend that smokers first try proven methods to stop smoking, like nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gums, lozenges, inhaler or mouth spray), bupropion, or varenicline. The contents and manufacturing of these products are strictly regulated. What’s more, they are covered by most insurance plans.

 

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