About TBX-Free

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: Jun 20, 2017

Using revolutionary film strip delivery technology, TBX-Free is a laboratory-based product that promises to work immediately and deliver fast-acting nicotine replacement therapy that can help you stop smoking, without side effects or withdrawals.

The company claims this homeopathic treatment comes in a very small, pocket-sized dispenser that’s easy to take with you. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke just grab a strip, place it on your tongue, allow it to dissolve, and the active ingredient will enter your blood stream and work on a molecular level to ease your craving.

In fact, the manufacturer claims their TBX-Free strips are so effective that they have an 88 percent success rate and are the “#1 choice by smokers.”

It’s easy to understand why you’re looking for a nicotine-free method of quitting smoking, since traditional options like patches and gum often just keep you on a never-ending cycle of addiction from one expensive, nicotine-based product to another.

But, can you reasonably expect the ingredients found in THX-Free’s strips to provide a quick fix for your cravings? That’s the primary concept we’ll explore here, starting with the basics.

A Few Quick Facts & Figures About Nicotine

Nicotine is an alkaloid (a group of plant compounds that have “pronounced physiological actions on humans”) found in tobacco. Once absorbed by the lungs (smoking) or lining of the mouth (smokeless tobacco), it’s transported through the blood stream to the brain in a matter of seconds.

Once there, nicotine triggers the release of adrenaline and feelings of pleasure and provides a quick energy boost. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services:

“The buzz fades quickly though, and leaves you feeling tired, a little down, and wanting the buzz again. This feeling is what makes you light up the next cigarette. Since your body is able to build up a high tolerance to nicotine, you’ll need to smoke more and more cigarettes in order to get the nicotine’s pleasurable effects and prevent withdrawal symptoms.

This up and down cycle repeats over and over, leading to addiction. Addiction keeps people smoking even when they want to quit. Breaking addiction is harder for some people than others. Many people need more than one try in order to quit.”

This is why, although Daily Mail reports two-thirds of smokers want to quit, only about six percent are successful. However, we didn’t encounter any clinical evidence for the five percent success rate for nicotine gum or the 10 percent success rate for patches noted in the TBX-Free Facebook Live video.

Regardless, will the active ingredient in these dissolvable strips greatly increase your chances of successfully quitting? Let’s take a look.

Are TBX-Free’s Ingredients Effective For Smoking Cessation?

While there aren’t any ingredients listed on the TBX-Free website, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, each strip contains 8mg of cytisine, which is a chemical found in the seeds of the golden rain tree that acts as a nicotinic receptor agonist. In other words, it mimics the action of nicotine at specialized receptor sites in the brain.

Inactive ingredients include pullulan, natural mint extract, sugar, menthol, licorice, and aspartame.

As far as clinical support, although authoritative sites like the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com didn’t have standalone listings for the ingredient itself, a 2014 article originally published by HealthDay News reported on a 1,300-participant study conducted in New Zealand that found:

“After a month, 40 percent of those taking cytisine pills said they hadn't smoked, compared with 31 percent of those who used nicotine replacement therapy.”

In addition, we found 110 related studies for “cytisine smoking” on the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed at the time of our research, many of which seemed to indicate that cytisine works better than placebo for helping smokers kick the habit. Specifically, in the study above, it had a nine percent better success rate than those who attempted to quit gradually using nicotine replacement products.

However, the manufacturer didn’t provide any evidence on their website that TBX-Free has been shown to provide the same feeling as if you smoked a cigarette, or that it can reliably deliver an 88 percent cure rate. We reached out to the company for more details and will update this article as soon as a response is received.

TBX Free Cure RateWhile they don’t provide any clinical support, the manufacturer claims the cytisine in TBX-Free mimics the feeling of nicotine and has been shown to be successful 88 percent of the time. Image credit: Redwood Scientific Technologies, Inc.

Finally, while the website indicates that TBX-Free’s dissolvable film strip delivery technology is revolutionary, the reality is that you’ll find similar technology used in hundreds of products like breath fresheners, pain relievers, vitamins, and sleep aids.

What about side effects, though?

Will the Cytisine In TBX-Free Cause Potential Side Effects?

The manufacturer tells us that TBX-Free won’t cause any side effects and won’t lead to withdrawals. And since it seemed to be such a new ingredient, the Natural Medicines Database, WebMD, and Examine.com didn’t list it, or any of its potential side effects, either.

With this said, the 2014 New Zealand cytosine study mentioned earlier concluded that, while “cytisine was found to be superior to nicotine-replacement therapy in helping smokers quit smoking, … it was associated with a higher frequency of self-reported adverse events” like nausea, vomiting, and sleep disorders.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine indicates you shouldn’t take TBX-Free if you’re using another smoking cessation product, if you’re taking depression or asthma prescription medication, or if you’re allergic to any of its ingredients.

Further, you should speak with your doctor if you have heart disease, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, diabetes, or allergies to other medication.

Even if you haven’t experienced these, since so little has been reported on cytisine, including its potential side effects and drug interactions, you’ll definitely want to speak with a healthcare professional before taking any product containing it.

How Much Does TBX-Free Cost?

Available in menthol, tobacco, or classic flavors, a one-month supply (120 film strips) of TBX-Free is priced at $49.95. With your order, you’ll receive a user guide and a dosage guide.

Important note: All TBX-Free orders are automatically enrolled in a recurring shipping program. This means you’ll continue receiving a new supply of film strips once per month, and your credit card will be charged $49.95 each time.

Although the company recommends using TBX-Free for 60 days for best results, all orders come with a 30-day refund policy, money back guarantee, less S&H. To request one, or to pause or cancel your automatic shipments, a stop smoking specialist can be reached at 800-554-1352 or support@tbxfree.com.

We also found the supplement sold through Amazon for the same price, although apparently without the autoship enrollment.

Based on these prices, are customers reporting satisfactory results?

What Can We Learn From TBX-Free Customer Reviews?

On Amazon, TBX-Free had more than 375 customer reviews, with an average rating of 3.6 stars. There, most compliments seemed related to greatly reduced (or eliminated smoking), with little-to-no cravings or withdrawal symptoms. On the other hand, common complaints revolved around no results and high price.

The product also had more than 36,000 Facebook followers at the time of our research, with the majority also reporting positive results.

From a company perspective, Redwood Scientific Technologies is based out of Claremont, CA and manufactures a line of products that all feature the same dissolvable strip technology, including Prolongz, Comfort Time, and Sumnusent.

They had a C- Better Business Bureau rating and 31 closed complaints as of 6/19/17, most of which appeared related to the company’s autoship program.

Obviously, we’re only reporting the facts so you can make a more informed purchase—not indicating you’ll necessarily experience any of the same with TBX-Free.

Does TBX-Free Have Any Competition?

Although cytisine has a molecular structure similar to nicotine and seems to have some compelling (albeit limited) clinical evidence that it might help smokers quit, it isn’t a popular ingredient outside of Eastern and Central Europe.

However, we did encounter one other cytisine smoking cessation product available outside this region called Tabex, which delivers 1.5mg of the ingredient per pill. A pack of 100 was priced at $32.95 and only available through the manufacturer’s website.

Will this work better than 8mg of cytisine provided in each TBX-Free strip? We didn’t encounter dosages listed in any of the studies referenced above, or its relationship to helping smokers quit, although you’ll pay about $0.10 less per dose of Tabex than TBX-Free?

In the end, though, will this deliver a better value?

Our Final Thoughts About TBX-Free

While TBX-Free bills itself as a homeopathic treatment, with its single active ingredient and 8mg dosing, this doesn’t seem to match the definition, based on our extensive research into the topic.

Regardless of how it’s defined, the cytisine in TBX-Free seems to come with some solid clinical support that it could help smokers quit more successfully than placebo, along with mostly positive online customer feedback. And if it doesn’t work, the manufacturer stands behind it with a 30-day refund policy—just keep in mind you’ll be out a few bucks in shipping charges if you decide to process a refund.

Even if TBX-Free works for you, remember that any orders placed directly through the company come with automatic recurring shipments, so be sure to cancel when you no longer need more.

What did you think about TBX-Free and cytisine? Did it work for you, or did you have to quit smoking using more traditional methods? Tell us all about it by writing your review below!

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7 Customer Reviews for TBX-Free

Average Customer Rating: 4.0
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5 star: 3 4 star: 3 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  1
Bottom Line: 86% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Haven't smoked in 14 days

    • Arlington, TX,
    • Aug 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I'm so happy with this product. Other than pregnancies, I failed at quitting smoking. I heard about TBX from a friend that had two lifelong smokers in her family, and they were both successful at quitting using TBX. Well, add me to the list because I'm no longer a smoker. It has reduced my cravings almost to none and other than being a little crabby/snappy, I do not have any withdraw symptoms. It's worth the money at least to try. I haven't smoked in 14 days. I'm so happy!

    I have recommended to my in-laws and they just received their order. I hope it works just as good for them.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    It worked for my brother-in-law and so far so good for me too

    • Saint Augustine, FL,
    • Aug 22, 2017
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    My brother-in-law had been smoking all his life, literally. He is 76, and he started using TBX four or five months ago and has not smoked. This is a big deal for him, because he has tried many times and just didn't want to quit. He still quit, so I bought a package from Amazon, and I am on day two. I have been able to work through the cravings pretty easily. I will update later, but so far so good.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Stopped

    • Novi, MI,
    • Aug 15, 2017
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    I purchased TBX-Free for my fiance and he has smoked for 20 years. He has been taking it now for three days and doesn't want a cigarette, even had me give away the two packs he had. Yes, TBX-Free works. Just try it and you will see. Good luck to all!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't do as advertised

    This product doesn't change the craving to smoke. It hasn't changed my craving to smoke. They say if you smoke after using a strip that a cigarette will taste awful, but not so, it didn't change the taste. I switched to Tic Tacs because it is about the same flavor and have reduced my smoking by 80 percent, from a one pack a day habit. I will continue this until I no longer smoke. I haven't had any withdrawal symptoms. This product did absolutely nothing for me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Works for me!

    In December my sister and I decided to quit, and on January 1st we ordered TBX and began our journey. I have smoked for 65 years beginning at age 15.

    After two months we were smoke-free. Neither one of us experienced any problems. We also didn't feel a lot better, but at our age, it was hard to tell.

    The first part of July we were experiencing some difficulties and really stressed out. We started one or two here and there, and now half a pack.

    We are ordering TBX today. One thing I need to know is how this affects pregnancy, not a word about that anywhere (for granddaughter).

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Committed

    I just started using TBX-Free a few days ago. I do believe it had helped some, but I still have strong cravings that I am fighting hard. I have tried the patches, they gave me a severe rash and I had to stop using it. I've tried the pills, and they made me so nauseous I couldn't take more than the first one.

    I have had to contact customer service four times now, and every time they are very helpful. I accidentally placed my order twice and wanted to return one, then I only received one order instead of the two, and they refunded me the money, but not all of it, so I had to call a fourth time and now we have it all straightened out. All the people that I have talked with at customer service were really nice and took care of my concerns, so I rate the customer service top notch. I must say I was surprised to find out about the auto delivery and will be calling again right away to make sure that don't happen.

    So wish me luck, I am committed this time to quit for good.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Unbelievable!

    OK, I usually don't write reviews but when I came across this product, I thought it was another snake oil type thing. I stand corrected. Happily so!

    So here we go. I received my first order Friday the 16th of June. I tried two strips that evening and started full force Saturday morning. It's now Wednesday the 21st and still no smoking! This stuff literally takes the cravings away! I know I couldn't believe it either, but it really does.

    I've tried everything else from patches to pills from the doc and still got no help, but this stuff is amazing! I've already told my brother about this and a co-worker. So if you have tried everything and anything else give this snake oil a try. You might be pleasantly surprised as I was.

    So after 36 years of smoking, keep your fingers crossed for me and hopefully no more lighters and smokes, and getting winded. Good luck to you all. A personal note, thank you to whoever invented this stuff, it is working for me!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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