There are plenty of gimmicks out there that claim they'll help you to quit smoking -- not to mention a couple of risky Big Pharma drugs.

And just about none of them work.

Ever see someone with a nicotine patch on each arm and a cigarette in his hand puffing away? Me too.

The latest research confirms what's obvious to everyone but him: The patch doesn't work.

And here's something else to chew on: Nicotine gums are equally ineffective.

Of 787 smokers who quit in the new study, a third restarted again within two years -- and the folks who spent money on patches, gums, inhalers and sprays were just as likely to be among them as those who went cold turkey.

That's a far cry from the success rate promised when these things were first approved by the FDA, with studies showing they could triple the success rate of quitters.

But it's right in line with what anyone who's already tried -- and failed -- to quit using gums and patches can already tell you. And it's also right in line with the rest of the research on this, which shows that all the gimmicks in the world can't deter a determined smoker from his habit.

On the other hand, at least the worst thing that could come from a nicotine patch or gum is another failed attempt at quitting...and hopefully the determination to try even harder next time. (There's always a next time, right?)

If you turn to meds for help, however, you could find yourself battling something worse than a return of your bad habit. You could even end up in a fight for your life.

As I've told you before, Chantix -- the most common anti-smoking med -- has been linked time and again to bizarre behavior and even suicide...and one recent study found the drug can boost your odds of severe depression or suicide by 800 percent.

If that's not enough, Chantix has also been linked to violence, hallucinations, paranoia, confusion and weird dreams -- and some of the drug's side effects can actually start after you stop taking it.

All that, and 80 percent of the people who take the drug are back to smoking a year later.

Here's the "cold" hard truth: There's one method that's been proven time and again to work. It's been used by close to 90 percent of successful quitters...and it won't even cost you a dime.

It's cold turkey... and if you're serious about quitting, put it on the menu tonight.