So you're thinking "I want to stop smoking", but you just can't just stop smoking through willpower alone. The good news is that there are now an increasing number of smoking cessation products to help you stop smoking, the bad news is that you're still going to need quite a lot of willpower! Unfortunately, there are still over 100,000 smoking-related deaths in the UK each year, so if you are trying to quit smoking, the smoking cessation products below may help.
Most quit smoking products are a form of nicotine replacement therapy. Studies have shown that nicotine replacement therapy is much more effective than trying to quit smoking through willpower alone. Nicotine is the main addictive drug found in cigarette smoke and the idea behind nicotine replacement products is to provide the body with an alternative less addictive source of nicotine that is gradually reduced whilst you try to give up smoking. You can get both nicotine gum and nicotine patches, but before starting with any nicotine replacement therapy you should first discuss possible treatments with you doctor. If you do try nicotine replacement therapy, you should never smoke at the same time as excess nicotine can cause unpleasant side effects.
Nicotine replacement chewing gum works by releasing a nicotine compound into your body through the lining of your mouth. When you get the urge to smoke, you chew the nicotine gum until the taste becomes strong, and then rest it in the side of your mouth to allow the nicotine compound to be absorbed. Once the taste fades again, you chew again to get the taste back, and then rest it again in your cheek. Each nicotine gum should last about half an hour.
Nicotine patches stick on your skin like a plaster and gradually release a nicotine compound into your body through the skin. Some nicotine patches are day-only patches, and others are 24-hour nicotine patches that can be more effective in relieving early morning cigarette cravings. Each successive patch should be applied to a different area of the skin (although you can use the same area again after 7 days).
There are many reasons to quit smoking, but the main ones would be an increased risk of cancer, especially lung cancer, lung disease, heart disease and infertility. Also, cigarettes aren't cheap, so think of all the money you will save!
Good luck in quitting smoking, and maybe this year will be the one that you manage to stop smoking for good.
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