Hey y'all, sorry if the article I posted came off as argumentative. That wasn't my intention. It was my intention to share some science-based info about CT, as it helped me immensely when I was new in my quit and asking the same questions as seeking_freedom. Having this info actually helped save my quit.
Cold turkey works for many people, and I support any method that gets people free.
Alan Peters is the one who runs Quitnet, right? Maybe a method behind his madness? Making money off NRT's? Just a thought.
I understand that you're wary, Avian, so I hope it's ok if I respond to you with some info.
Alan Peters did not run Quitnet, but is a Master's level cessation counselor. QN was started by Dr. Nate Cobb (M.D.) as a grassroots, not-for-profit public health project for Boston College in 1995. They became tied to insurance companies many years later, which is partly why I've stepped away.
Also, a preface to what I pasted said the article "isn't a debate on whether or not you should quit cold turkey, nor a response to anti-NRT theorists. The author doesn't work for tobacco companies, nor any tobacco product manufacturers or distributors, and QuitNet receives no revenue from the sale or advertisement of NRT or other quit-aids." It also said it was trying to discuss "what the research indicates -- and that's what we speak to here. If you can quit cold turkey, you should -- the sooner the better," and further made clear that "no QuitNet authors or experts receive research funding or other remuneration from pharmaceutical companies."
I hope that helps clear some things up. Again, I meant no offense. I'm happy to agree to disagree, and I think you're the cat's meow, Avian! (Or the bird's tweet?) : )
Seek, the info I shared was only one of hundreds of sources I read in the beginning of my quit. Understanding my addiction was the single most powerful factor in my getting free, right up there with support, so I encourage you to read everything you can, question everything, and become as empowered by information as I eventually was.