The Best Nicotine Replacement Therapies for Quitting SmokingAugust 4, 2016
Anybody who has ever tried to give up smoking – whether they failed or succeeded – will know that kicking the habit is definitely not an easy task. The more cigarettes you smoke, the more addicted you become to the nicotine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to get hooked – but it can take a long time to fully quit. This is because once you’re addicted to nicotine, you experience a range of nasty withdrawal symptoms when your body doesn’t get the fix that it needs. These symptoms could include irritability, headaches, or even feeling dizzy. So, how do you avoid these symptoms and finally manage to ditch the smokes for good?
Recently, e-cigarettes have become a massively popular product, with hundreds upon thousands of smokers using them to ditch the traditional cigarettes. A healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes due to the lack of harmful chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide, e-cigarette oils contain nicotine, and you can start off at a higher level and gradually reduce the amount of nicotine in your tobacco e-juice. Since e-cigarettes mimic the same inhaling action, have familiar flavors such as tobacco available and also contain some nicotine, switching from smoking to vaping can be the easiest way to quit.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are usually the biggest reason as to why those who’ve quit smoking pick the habit back up again. When you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms which can hamper your day to day life and even make you feel unwell, it’s easy to just pick up a pack of smokes and decide to have one, simply to make your day easier. However, there are many alternatives available which will help you to quit smoking without the withdrawal symptoms. These include nicotine patches, which you wear on your skin where it releases nicotine into the bloodstream without the need for you to smoke a cigarette. On its own and in small doses, nicotine is highly unlikely to do you any harm – although it’s the addictive ingredient in cigarettes, it’s the carbon monoxide, tar, and other nasty chemicals which can lead to health problems for smokers.
If you’re missing the habit of holding a cigarette to your mouth and smoking it, keeping your mouth busy can be a great way of distracting yourself and stopping yourself thinking about having a cigarette. Although many people turn to comfort eating as an alternative to smoking – hence the widespread belief that quitting smoking makes you gain weight – chewing gum can also work just as well, and it’s better for you than eating double the amount you normally would. Specially-designed nicotine gum is a great option as not only does it keep your mouth busy to help you break the habit, it also contains nicotine which will help to keep any unwanted withdrawal symptoms at bay as you quit.
Quitting the smokes for good is never easy, but with these alternatives to smoking, you can do it without any nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
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She earned her Masters in Applied Social Research at Ateneo de Davao University. She's a hard-core pluralist, an eternal optimist, a 40ish realist and a frustrated florist. She’s a mother, a teacher, a dreamer and who knows one day a potter.
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