Have you decided to kick the habit once and for all this year? Giving up smoking for good is a serious challenge for many people. And to make matters even more trialling, there is a huge amount of conflicting advice and opinions out there on what is the most effective way to do it.
Ultimately, the most successful method will differ from person to person. The most effectual treatment for one person, might not work for another. It’s about trial and error to find out what is most effective in keeping you off the cigarettes. Here are a few of the most effective options. Do make sure you speak to your doctor before trying any of these for the first time.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
As you probably already know, nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that leads to addiction. When you are used to a certain level of nicotine every day, removing this completely can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) attempts to address this problem. It provides those who are trying to quit with ways to receive a reduced level of nicotine each day without having to inhale all the dangerous chemicals in cigarettes. NRT comes in the form of mouth and nasal spray, gum, inhalers, patches and lozenges. Many people find the inhaler particularly effective because it also deals with the feeling that something is missing that so many quitters struggle with. NRT deals exclusively with the physical side of a smoking addiction. As well as NRT you will need to think about how to address the mental element of your addiction.
There are various prescription medications available that are aimed at helping people to quit smoking.
Bupropion (also known by it’s brand name Zyban) is an anti-depressant. It reduces the symptoms of nicotine addiction, but doesn’t include nicotine itself. Rather, it works by targeting the chemicals in the brain that are related to nicotine craving. This drug is most effective when the course is started a couple of weeks before you give up.
Varenicline (also known by its brand name Chantix) is another prescription drug which targets nicotine receptors in the brain. This helps to lessen the symptoms of the addiction. Again, this drug will work best if taken a little before you quit the habit
Also, knowns as “e-cigs” or “vaporizers” are electronic cigarettes that are refillable using a E liquid and include a rechargeable battery. The devices aim to mimic the look and feel of smoking; the liquid even contains an amount of nicotine. Over the past year, electronic cigarettes have risen in popularity amongst quitters. A study has found that e-cigarettes were just as effective as patches at helping previous smokers to quit after six months.
If you need a bit more motivation, do some research into all the health, social and financial benefits that you will gain by kicking the habit once and for all. We wish you the best of luck giving up smoking this year.