What is available to help you stop?
Patches: These are convenient, simple to use and discreet. They also require the least effort of all cessation aids. The main issue with patches is that if left on over night they can cause sleep disturbances. There are 16hr patches or you can remove the patch before going to bed. The only problem with this is for smokers who crave a cigarette immediately upon waking as the patch will take up to 30mins to start working once applied.
Nicotine Gum: Gum works well if used correctly. The proper technique is to chew the gum slowly (to release the nicotine), and then when the taste changes it should be rested between the cheek and the gums to allow the nicotine to be absorbed. It only requires chewing once the taste has faded. The issue is that it takes approx 10mins to take effect.
Other alternative are sublingual tablets, nasal sprays and the currently very popular vaping. The main concern with the latter is that smokers are simply swapping the source of nicotine. Although the vapour is free of tar and carcinogens there are still questions as to the long term effects.