earching online for ways to quit smoking? You’ll see ad after ad promising to help you quit in no time. We even found a video that promises to help you quit in 3 minutes! Save your money, don’t buy-in. Of course, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Many of us are so desperate to quit that we’ll go out on a limb, hoping that something—anything—will take away the relentless desire to smoke.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners offers guidelines for doctors to help patients quit smoking. Some of the following tips to doctors might surprise you:

Hypnosis (without counseling)

It’s been around for decades. Despite its long history, there are few studies which find hypnosis to be effective.


“At present, there is no consistent evidence that acupuncture, or any related therapy, is better than doing nothing.” This includes those acupuncture-laser treatments that seem to be popping up everywhere.

Alan Carr Method

Alan Carr promises an Easy Way to Stop Smoking; however, the report finds “no high quality…evidence that the Alan Carr method is effective.” So much for an easy way!

Electronic Cigarettes

“While available in many countries, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), which deliver nicotine by inhalation, are not regulated. Before these products can be recommended for consumers, research must be conducted on the safety and efficacy for smoking cessation.” The report doesn’t say it’s not effective, just that there is no evidence right now.