About TBX-Free

By Derek Lakin
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!

Read 27 TBX-Free Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 4.4
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5 star: 20 4 star: 3 3 star: 1 2 star: 0 1 star:  3
Bottom Line: 85% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Is Cytisine in TBX-Free safe?

    • By Brock L.,
    • Oregon,
    • Jan 6, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer

    Does anyone know how safe TBX-Free is? The plant it's derived from is highly toxic and causes birth defects according to Wikipedia. I'm taking it now, and can say it does greatly reduce the urge to smoke. I know that in other poisonous substances (like safrole in sassafrass), they remove it from the product before the final production.

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

  • Amazing stuff

    • By Bobbi K.,
    • North Carolina,
    • Sep 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    What happened to TBX, can't find any contact info, the stuff worked and I want to share with other friends. I have tried to call all the phone numbers I had on file and the email addresses. Nothing. It's a shame. I hope they didn't go out of business due to some governmental issue or the other not worth a crap smoking cessation companies interfering. This is a good product. It works.

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

  • Worked great

    • By Myra C.,
    • Reserve, LA,
    • Jul 31, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used this and very successful with them. I can't find ones that are easy to pull apart. Amazon and eBay were not good.

    Please tell me where to buy for my friends, that are fresh. This is a great product but can't find phone number where the number connects.

    Please let me know where to buy with no problems.


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

  • The best product ever!

    • By Tita B.,
    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Jun 11, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I tried everything to quit - hypnosis, gum, patches, and even acupuncture. I smoked almost 2 packs a day when I started TBX-Free on a Monday and even though I tried to smoke by Thursday of that week I had 1 last hit and have not smoked in 2 and 1/2 years. I have 7 friends that I told about TBX-Free and all but 2 are smoke-free.

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

  • It was the only product that worked for me so far.

    • By Kimberly K.,
    • Saint Clair, PA,
    • May 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was taking the TBX-Free, it was working very well, and then I misplaced my other box of strips that I got for free when they were advertising it on the television and I lost their phone number so I couldn’t call them to get them replaced and I wound up going back to smoking. But it wasn’t anything to do with the strips, they worked great, was off going on two months with them. I was using them last summer.

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

  • Tried all other options patch, gum, cold turkey, e-cigs and hypnotism - nothing worked until TBX.

    • By Dennis C.,
    • Florida,
    • Mar 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After seeing this product online while searching for options to stop smoking, I noticed one thing different about this product (NO NICOTINE). ALL the rest except for the hypnotism contained nicotine, which never seemed to make any sense. Why would I try to stop using something by taking another form of the same thing? So I ordered TBX. After reading the details and the instructions, I tried it and even though I was a bit of a skeptic noticed the craving stopped, not completely, but enough that I was able to ignore the urge to light up even though I still had cigarettes available. I continued to follow the instructions and after a few more days realized that this stuff was actually making me believe or feel as if I had smoked a cigarette, and the further I went with the instructions the easier it was to ignore that urge. I just used the sheets in place of the cigarettes I would normally have at the times of day I normally would smoke, and I not only surpassed the 30-day boundary I could never reach before, but as of the writing of this review, I've gone 60+ days.

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

  • 16,406 cigarettes NOT SMOKED!

    • By Mike F.,
    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Mar 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I received a message from a guy on Facebook asking about TBX-Free today and it reminded me of my journey. 631 days ago, I had my last cigarette. June 13, 2017. Best day EVER! I've been to Vegas over five times since then and never had the urge to smoke after using TBX-Free to quit. It took me about five months to quit completely.

    I ordered TBX-Fee after seeing an ad on late nite TV. I got caught up in the auto-shipment, but that was fixed quickly. I just ordered off of Amazon when I ran out. I went through a LOT more than the recommended amount, but man, did it WORK! I've had dreams that I was smoking and felt guilty, but woke up and realized that I didn't fail! My family, friends, coworkers, and my fiance at the time (now my wife!) were SO happy that I found TBX-Free!

    The message I got today on Facebook said the TBX website was down and he feared that he wouldn't be able to get TBX-Free any longer. I just checked Amazon and it's still there for purchase, but in limited amounts. It would be so sad if this company has closed. There are so many more people it can help! I just hope outside forces didn't force it to close! TBX-Free saved my life!

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

  • Saved my life

    • By Kathy K.,
    • New Jersey,
    • Nov 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used this product and have been smoke-free for two years now. The hardest part of quitting is the urge, and this completely quiets that urge. It was almost too easy. I've told everyone about it, including my doctor. I am so thankful that these were available and made known to me.

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

  • It WORKS!

    • By Martha S.,
    • Ridgecrest, CA,
    • Nov 11, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I smoked for 42 years. I had been ill with bronchitis, and the ad for TBX-Free kept popping up on Facebook, so I decided to research it. It sounded good. I decided to quit smoking. I set a date, ordered my TBX-Free, prayed...a lot. On the morning of April 10, 2017, I woke up, prayed some more, put two strips on my tongue and I haven't smoked a cigarette since. My family and friends are very proud of me. Especially my daughter and grandsons. Thank you TBX-Free! I tell everyone who smokes that it really works. Try it!

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

  • Finally success

    • By Anita M.,
    • Cleveland, OH,
    • Aug 7, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I started taking TBX-Free one week after I received it in the mail on November 13, 2017. It is now almost 9 months later and it was a success.

    I am smoke-free and feeling great.

    I had tried everything - patches, gum, cold turkey, and even Chantix, and I was never successful.

    I had seen the TV ads and was curious but never ordered it, and then one day in the middle of the night I saw the advertisement again.

    I called immediately and was very surprised how professional and informative my sales person responded to my questions and concerns about the product. Needless to say, I tried it, and although there is willpower involved, I was successful. I had no side effects and very little withdrawal.

    Thank you TBX-Free for helping to do what I have never been able to do. I am smoke-free! HURRAY!

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

  • Stopped craving cigarettes immediately.

    • By Tom Sawyer,
    • Kansas,
    • Feb 16, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've tried everything, but the withdrawals were always horrible. Awful sweating, anger, and insomnia. I took TBS and no cravings and withdrawals. I've been eating a lot more. But I think it's a replacement thing, not a side effect thing. But still, I'm so freaking grateful!

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

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