Quit smoking with Acetium

Tip of the week for smoking cessation: It can be hard to stop smoking when its a season with a lot of celebration. With Acetium you can decrease smoking step by step. The smoking experience changes and eventually loses it’s pleasure. This happens because of the eliminating of acetaldehyde. Worth of trying!

Acetium® lozenge works by slowly releasing L-cysteine (a natural amino acid) into saliva. Acetium® lozenge is a safe and effective way of quit smoking. It is devoid of the side effects of conventional smoking intervention methods such as nicotine dependence and possible adverse side effects of medicines. 

Use one lozenge every time you smoke a cigarette. Smoking cessation can be best achieved when the subject is motivated to quit, and it usually takes an average of 3-6 months of regular use.

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A Finnish innovation

Developed and manufactured in Finland, the Acetium lozenge is free of the side effects of conventional smoking cessation methods, such as nicotine dependency or possible adverse effects of medication.

How does Acetium work?

The effectiveness of Acetium lozenges in smoking intervention has been evaluated in two clinical trials (1, 2). Regular use of the lozenge during smoking increases the likelihood of quitting by a factor of 1.5 compared to a placebo (2).

Acetium lozenges contain L-cysteine, a natural amino acid that efficiently binds acetaldehyde dissolved in saliva from cigarette smoke and converts it into a harmless compound (3).

Acetium® lozenges contain no harmful ingredients. In addition to L-cysteine, the lozenges contain a small amount of xylitol to reduce the production of acetaldehyde by bacteria in the mouth and improve oral hygiene.

What is acetaldehyde?

Normal saliva does not contain acetaldehyde (3). Acetaldehyde is a carcinogen (4) and one of the harmful substances in tobacco smoke. The Acetium lozenge removes up to 90% of smoke-derived acetaldehyde in saliva.


1. Syrjänen K et al. Elimination of cigarette smoke-derived acetaldehyde in saliva by slow-release L-cysteine lozenge is an effective new method to assist smoking cessation. A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention. Anticancer Res. 2016;36:2297-2306.

2. Syrjänen K et al. Slow-release L-cysteine (Acetium) lozenge is an effective new method in smoking cessation. A randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention. Anticancer Res 2017;37:3639-3648.

3. Salaspuro VJ et al. Eliminating carcinogenic acetaldehyde by cysteine from saliva during smoking. Cancer Epid Biomark Prev 2006;15:146-149.

4. Secretan B et al. WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group. A review of human carcinogens- Part E: tobacco, areca nut, alcohol, coal smoke, and salted fish. Lancet Oncol 10:1033-1034.

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