Smoking is bad for the health. It is linked to many illnesses and diseases, including asthma, low immune systems and cancers. While people know it’s bad for them, they still do it. It’s not because they want to. This is an addictive substance and people struggle to stop completely. There are products on the market to help with this.
Nicotine Patches: Part of the problem is the way the substance nicotine acts in the body. It helps to relax the system while stimulating people so they are more alert and active. If it was just the substance, there wouldn’t be a problem but tobacco is full of harmful chemicals too. This is why there are nicotine patches. These patches release the addictive substance without all the harmful chemicals so people still get the feeling of smoking without actually doing it.
Nicotine Gum: One of the biggest problems with patches is that they work over a 24 hour period and can’t deal with the sudden cravings. There is no way to get more nicotine at a certain point of the day if you know that is when you get the cravings. This is where nicotine gum is useful. You can chew on some gum every one or two hours and will be able to quickly use a piece if you get a sudden craving. There are also different flavours to make it taste like normal gum and can be used with other quit smoking products available.
Nicotine Lozenges: Like the gum, these can help to control the sudden cravings. The lozenges are placed between your gum and cheek and the nicotine is absorbed straight into the bloodstream. This helps to get the effect better so you can control your cravings better. One of the issues with gum is that you need to chew it according to the instructions on the packet to get the benefit. The lozenges can be used with other products to help quit smoking and it is possible to have up to 20 in one day.
Nicotine Inhaler: Another option for a quick boost of the substance in the nicotine inhaler. Like the lozenges, the substance is absorbed straight into the bloodstream for a quicker reaction. However, it can take time to get used to using the product and it can be more expensive than others.
E-Cigarettes: One of the newest products on the market is the e-cigarettes. These are a great way to feel like you are smoking by going through the motions. The electronic devices look like the genuine cigarettes and even light up at the end to make them feel more natural.
There are many different products to help quit smoking. They give the boost of nicotine to make you get the same side effects to help kick the habit forever. Some are more effective than other and you may find that you need to use multiple options together but it is better for your health in the long term.
This guest post was written by Cassie Watson, a quit smoking helper. She works with many people to help them kick the habit through various products, including nicotine patches, the gum and the V2 cigs.