Nicotine Replacement Therapies Can Help You Quit The Smoking Habit

As unlikely as it seems, one key ingredient that can help someone quit smoking is nicotine itself. This pharmacological agent has been used in many smoking cessation therapies. These nicotine replacement therapies include nasal sprays, inhalers, nicotine gum and the very popular nicotine patches. The main function for these quit smoking products is to help relieve the withdrawal symptoms associated with someone that is trying to quit using tobacco. Their use provides a lower alteration to the physiological system when compared to traditional tobacco based systems.

They work with a lower level of applied nicotine with the additional feature of not becoming addictive because they don’t provide the pleasure that many tobacco users derive from their tobacco use. Another compelling reason to make use of nicotine replacement products is the fact that they don’t contain any harmful gases and carcinogens that are normally associated with tobacco smoke.

The Federal Drug and Administration in early 1984 first identified nicotine gum for safe use. It could be obtained with a prescription and marks the first widespread use of nicotine replacement therapies. After years of being obtained with a prescription the FDA allowed over-the-counter sales of chewing gum containing nicotine. This form of nicotine suppression works by hindering smoking habits and behavior while simultaneously maintaining a level of nicotine in the bloodstream thereby minimizing the effects of withdrawal. Success rates have been as high as 75% for this popular smoking cessation product.

Perhaps the only drawback with nicotine gum is the terrible taste reported by many users and there are actually smokers that simply don’t like chewing gum. As a result another method to help smokers quit was developed. This method allowed medication to be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. The FDA introduced four transdermal nicotine patches in 1992 with two of the four patches finally being approved for over-the-counter-sales in 1996. These nicotine patches were exceedingly popular with smokers because they allowed them to finally quit their tobacco habit

In 1996 a nicotine nasal spray was developed to accommodate smokers that didn’t like using nicotine gum and had no desire to wear a patch. In 1998 a nicotine inhaler was introduced to the market. Testing has proven that all of the nicotine replacement therapies are equally effective at helping someone kick their smoking habit.

New developments include a nicotine tablet that can be dissolved under the tongue. This method is awaiting approval under the watchful eye of the FDA.

Smoking Disease – Smoking Causes Disease Nicotine Doesn’t, So Consider This

As nicotine provides the addiction in smoking if you get nicotine without the smoke you can give up easily.

In fact, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) will double you chances of staying off cigarettes, so let’s look at how it can help.

Smoking kill’s nicotine does not

The World Health Organization has estimated that tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, of which nicotine is just one.

Cigarette smoking contains various poisons. In addition to tar, there is also carbon monoxide ammonia and arsenic in fact, least 43 of the chemicals in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancers.

Nicotine only provides the addiction and does not cause disease, so if you can get it without smoking then you can stay off cigarettes and derive some health benefits.

Is Nicotine Really healthy?

Yes!

In fact, nicotine is actually part of the food chain and we consume it everyday in numerous foods such as:
Potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, eggplant, chili peppers, and even some teas.

It is known to improve mood, concentration and memory and is the subject of intense medical research to treat numerous diseases including depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to name but a few.

There are several Nicotine products that give you nicotine without the smoke and they include patches, gum and puffers or inhalers.

All are designed to give you a measured dose of nicotine.

Pure Organic nicotine

Drug companies are working to realize a nicotine drug which will have no other added chemicals.

The first one is already on the market and is aimed as a smoking alternative for smokers when they can’t or don’t wish to smoke.

The product is nicotine in water.

The advantage for smokers is when they cant or don’t wish to smoke they simply take a few sips of water. It’s convenient, refreshing and gives an additional benefit:

Users get the added benefit of water for hydration.

This method looks set to rise in popularity and more products delivering pure organic nicotine look set to hit the market in the coming years.

Nicotine an image change

Nicotine has suffered from an image problem due to its association with smoking however with current medical research findings people are starting to see the health benefits as well.

Expect to see more products soon as medical research continues into nicotine’s potential health benefits.

My Friend Asked About Magical Anti-Aging Skin Care Products

About a month ago, a friend approached me to ask if I had heard about a particular range of skin care ‘anti-aging’ products.

These products were being sold by an acquaintance of us both and were marketed as superior products containing ‘botanicals’.

My friend had been given samples of the products, and while she was suspicious of the long, chemical sounding name of some if the ingredients (I have drilled her well!) she admitted that the creams she trialed seemed to have softened out some fine lines around her eyes and smoothed her skin generally.

My friend was interested to know if I could investigate the ingredients to try to ascertain what the magic formula could be and if there were any problems with using the products on a long term basis.

It didn’t take me very long to compile a 3 page report on the main ingredients in these products, as many of the same substances are generally used in most of the products on the market.

While we are on the subject of ‘marketing’… it has been reported in the Guardian newspaper “cosmetic companies request Laboratories to design a test that will allow them to make particular claims and with no regulatory bodies controlling the scientific studies conducted within the lab.”

Cosmetic companies regularly trade mark their ‘secret’ ingredients to avoid peer review or criticism. This also means the consumer is unable to find information on what they are using! The ‘botanicals’ are often synthetically derived from natural substances using chemicals. This process can remove the ‘life force’ and beneficial properties from the once natural substance as well as leaving toxic residues.

Two of the most common ingredients in a moisturiser or eye cream are mineral oil and glycerin:

Mineral oil will coat the skin like a plastic wrap, while it may make the skin feel soft and smooth it doesn’t allow the skin to breath or release toxins.

Glycerin is a cheap humectant (draws moisture from the atmosphere) in humidity above 65%. In humidity below that, in a dry environment for example, whether natural or air-conditioned, the glycerin will actually draw moisture from inside the skin and hold it on the surface, making the skin feel smoother, but drying the skin from the inside, out, causing dehydration.

As these 2 ingredients were on the label, it can be assumed that is how my friend’s fine lines were softened and her skin smoothed.

Peptides are another popular ingredient of anti-aging products. In simple terms they are five amino acids linked in a chain. The overall term for linked amino acid chains is peptides. If there are two amino acids they are called dipeptides, if it is three – tripeptide etc. Peptides have numerous useful functions within the body but most studies on the skin benefits of peptides have been conducted in cell cultures not on human beings.

A study conducted by Proctor & Gamble on human test subjects does little to support any anti-aging claims. According to the ASA the majority of test subjects in the paper published by P&G in the peer reviewed International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2005), reported no effect.

Peptides cannot usually penetrate the skin and maintain stability due to their hydrophilic (water-loving) nature. In addition, when they are able to penetrate the skin enzymes can break them down, dramatically inhibiting their effects.

AHAs…It has been suggested that AHAs may cause the skin to age more rapidly and elevate the risk of skin cancer, due to their ability to remove the outer layer of skin which can elevate sensitivity to sunlight, thereby increasing photo-aging. In one study the AHA glycolic acid elevated the sensitivity of human skin to sunburn by as much as 50 per cent in some individuals(1)

Research carried out on guinea pigs found that the AHA glycolic acid caused skin damage, with higher doses altering the structure of the skin and destroying some parts of the epidermal layer, as well as increasing UVB-induced skin damage, to a far greater degree than either glycolic acid or UVB in isolation.

Paraben preservatives: Any ingredient containing ethyl, methyl, butyl, propyl are Paraben preservatives and have been found in the tumor tissue of women with breast cancer. These chemicals are very controversial, with industry claims that they are safe, even though there is mounting evidence that they may be absorbed into organs. So great has been consumer suspicion and back lash, many manufactures are claiming ‘Paraben free’ products.

Many manufactures will use ‘penetration enhancers’ to help their active ingredients to go deeper into the skin. The problem here could be that toxins can also penetrate deep into the skin and into the blood stream (think HRT & nicotine patches)

One of these substances is Disodium EDTA. This chemical irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract. Animal studies show: seizers, gastrointestinal problems, liver, kidney and endocrine system effects and reproduction abnormalities. It is also a weak mutagen in microbial systems. In a number of studies on mammalian cells in vitro, inhibits DNA synthesis.

Nanoparticles are increasingly being added to cosmetic products despite a lack of information about their safety. For example, nano-sized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide particles are used in sunscreens to protect against UV radiation without leaving a white tinge on the skin.

Toothpastes contain biocomposites to promote tooth repair. Nanocapsules are used to transport active ingredients deeper into the skin (which is of concern because if the nanoparticles are absorbed into the bloodstream they may be transported around the body and cause damage to DNA).

Fullerenes (football shaped molecules consisting of carbon atoms) are used for this purpose, but have been found to cause DNA damage and cell death in human tissues and brain damage in fish exposed to modest concentrations. Carbon nanotubes have been found to cause the same type of damage as asbestos.

There are antioxidants and vitamins added to cosmetics but there quantities may be too small to be of consequence. Retinyl Palminate vitamin A derivative is shown to improve tiny wrinkles – unfortunately, it decomposes under UVA into chemicals shown to cause mutations in mouse lymphoma cells. Is photo toxic- will cause skin ageing, educed DNA damage. This chemical is restricted in Canada.

Another popular vitamin is – Vitamin C topically applied Vit.C improves sun damage and enhances production of collagen and elastin – commercially available products contain low concentrations that are not easily absorbed into the skin and are unstable when exposed to oxygen – oxidization may actually promote production of free radicals.

I could not finish this article without the inclusion of a sunscreen ingredient as this is one of the biggest marketing ploys by manufactures. The sun causes more skin damage than almost any thing else, except for cigarette smoking

But there are some chemicals that should be avoided, such as Oxybenzone – this chemical claims the most common causes of photo contact allergy. Immediate and delayed hypersensitivity, it has been detected in human urine and milk. Potentially damages DNA under UV light. It is a skin sensitizer and a penetration enhancer. Used in many sunscreens!

(1)’NICNAS: Priority Existing Chemical Assessment Report,’ Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging, National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Marrickville, NSW, 2000 (12): 128;

(2)Park, K.S. et al, Effect of Glycolic Acid on UVB-Induced Skin Damage and Inflammation in Guinea Pigs, Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, July-August, 2002: 15 (4): 236-245.

Nicotine Gum For Your Nicotine Addiction? Quit Smoking The All Natural Way With Cig-Arette

How hard is it to break the Nicotine habit? Nicotine addiction has been compared to heroin and cocaine addiction in severity-the worst part, the withdrawal and the craving. If you’ve tried to quit cold turkey, then you know about the irritability, impatience, hostility, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, headaches, and most of all, the craving. Remember “I’d walk a mile for a Camel”? After 24 hours going cold turkey, I’d have run a marathon to find a butt at the bottom of a trashcan with a couple of hits left on it. (Well, actually, when I was smoking I couldn’t have run around the block-but I know from experience all about scrounging for a butt in the trash.)

Most smokers who have tried to quit smoking cold turkey have tried and failed more than once. I can’t count the number of times I quit smoking. Finally it dawned on me that I was going to need some help in beating my addiction to nicotine. Why don’t people look for help sooner when trying to quit? With me, and I think with most smokers, there is a real love/hate relationship with cigarettes. For a long, long time, I knew I needed to quit-but deep down, I don’t think I really wanted to quit. Don’t bother looking for aids to quitting smoking-you’ll be wasting your money-until you really, and I mean REALLY want to quit.

Okay, so you REALLY want to quit. Should you try one of those popular nicotine gums or patches? All I can say from experience is that it didn’t work for me. I tried the gum and the patches and quit smoking for about a month each time, but since the gum and patches contained nicotine, I never got off the actual drug I was addicted to. A good friend of mine did quit smoking with this product, but he became addicted to the gum-an even more expensive habit!

What about a prescription drug? By all accounts, the popular drug Chantix works quite well and contains no nicotine. As with all prescription drugs, however, there is the risk of side effects. If you prefer not to go the prescription drug route, there is an excellent alternative: the all-natural supplement, Cig-Arette.

The Cig-Arette program is a 60-day plan that includes a kit with four different herbal formulas, each specifically designed to help address the worst symptoms associated with quitting smoking: withdrawal from nicotine, cravings, and bodily stress. With the Cig-Arette System, most people begin to feel free of nicotine in just seven days, making it much more likely they will complete the program and quit smoking for good.

Two of the four formulas contain potent herbal extracts that calm the body during nicotine withdrawal. One of the key ingredients, Lobelia, interacts with your nervous system in a manner similar to nicotine, but without being addictive. A third formula contains ingredients specifically selected to help alleviate stress and help the body recover from the damage smoking has caused it. The fourth formula is an aromatic liquid that you carry with you and inhale every time you have a nicotine craving. Just put the opened bottle under your nose and take several deep breaths until the craving is satisfied.

Let me tell you just a few benefits I’ve realized by quitting smoking: I have better stamina and physical endurance; I’ve recovered my senses of smell and taste; I personally don’t smell like an ashtray; I don’t have those ugly stains on my fingers and teeth; no more burn holes in the furniture and on my clothes (and no risk of burning the house down by falling asleep in bed with a cigarette in my hand); I’m not killing my family with second-hand smoke; I’m not killing myself by indulging in a known cause of cancer and heart disease; plus, with the cost of cigarettes these days, I’m saving a ton of money!

You have your own reasons for quitting smoking. I urge you to write them down. And give Cig-Arette a try-it really works. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by acting NOW!