How long will FreshStart™ take to complete?
If you started now, and were able to complete the book and audio part of the therapy, you would be a non-smoker in approximately one hour.
As soon as you finish the audio component, you will be a non-smoker.
Are there any hidden or repeat costs?
Can I deduct this program from my taxes?
There are no other costs above the $49.
In fact, if you are US taxpayer you can deduct the cost of the FreshStart™ method from your taxes. You can’t deduct the cost of non-prescription patches or gum.
From the IRS website (http://www.irs.gov/faqs/faq-kw139.html) (our emphasis added)
Are expenses for smoking cessation programs deductible?
You can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. Unreimbursed amounts you pay for participation in a smoking cessation program and for prescribed drugs designed to alleviate nicotine withdrawal are expenses for medical care that are deductible subject to the 7.5% of adjusted gross income limitation if you itemize deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A (PDF), Itemized Deductions.
However, you cannot include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that are designed to help stop smoking that do not require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches.
So keep your receipt!