Quitting the habit is easy. In fact, so many people have done it for so many, many times. You can even say to yourself right now that you will never hold another pack of cigarettes for good. But would that work? In most cases not. It takes so much will power and real determination before one could truly quit from smoking. Every smoker has at least for once, tried to break the habit but too few have stayed true with their initial convictions for quitting.
Stopping yourself from taking your “last stick” is just as hard as forgetting something very special for you in the past. The urges to think about those pleasant- and sometimes painful- memories linger. This is just the same with quitting the addiction.
While some people can do it without the external support of programs and other things that would make quitting a lot easier, many would still require some help. Thus, the medical community and anti-smoking communities have devised ways and products to help smokers kick off the habit.
Because of the cumulative efforts of various individuals, institutions and health facilities, the following products have emerged:
Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products
Nicotine is actually the substance that urges you to stay physically hooked with the addiction. So Nicotine Replacement Therapy provides substitutes for tobacco through various products that contain nicotine. This helps the person focus more on the psychological aspect of quitting.
Nicotine patches or transdermal nicotine systems- This product help people quit smoking by providing controlled doses of nicotine which would be delivered through the skin. The gradual weaning off of this substance will contribute largely to the level of dependency the smoker has over nicotine. There are various strengths and types available which makes the control of nicotine intake feasible.
Nicotine gum or nicotine polacrilex- Nicotine gum is a non-prescription product to help people suppress the cravings of smoking. This works by replacing the need for nicotine in the mucous membrane of the mouth. For optimum results, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s instruction on how to use the nicotine gum effectively.
Take note that the maximum nicotine gum that could be used for a day is just twenty pieces and if the 2mg gums do not work well for you, it is best to shift to 4 mg gums. Nicotine gums are also best for people who have very sensitive skins and do not react well to nicotine patches.
Nicotine nasal spray- This is a prescription only stop smoking product. This works by readily delivering the nicotine into the bloodstream through the nose. Because nicotine nasal sprays are easy to use, many people find them very satisfying and very effective. It helps the smoker relive himself from the usual attacks of cravings.
Nicotine inhalers- Inhalers work by helping the smoker execute the act of actual smoking without really having to hold a cigarette. Unlike most inhalers that deliver medication into the lungs, nicotine inhalers carry nicotine vapor directly to the mouth.
Nicotine lozenges- This product is the newest addition to the lines of nicotine replacement therapy products. This is a non-prescription product which is available in two dozes- 2mg and 4mg. Just like with nicotine gums and patches, the users are allowed to determine their own dosages.
Here are some of the advantages individual products have to help stop smoking.
Gums, inhalers and lozenges work by substituting the oral urges of smoking. Sprays, on the other hand, deliver immediate nicotine need mainly into the bloodstream. If you want something that will help substitute the acts of actual smoking, nicotine inhalers will best work for you. If the smoker doesn’t want anything that interferes with his system, he may require the benefits of nicotine patches.
Nicotine wafers and nicotine water- These were products that have become popular for people who normally have the urges to smoke in places where smoking is banned.
Nicotine lip balms and nicotine lollipops- Lollipops with nicotine salicylate are banned by the FDA due to the risks and dangers that are posed against the health of people using them. Also, these are quite dangerous when accidentally used by children.
Medications are also helpful in helping someone quit smoking. These include the following:
Bupropion (Zyban)- This is an anti-depressant that helps limit the symptoms of nicotine-withdrawal.
Varenicline (Chantix)- this medication works by reducing the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal and the pleasurable effects of smoking.