When you’re looking to improve your health, you may be thinking about eating more vegetables or heading out for a run more often. But sometimes we can achieve much more by addressing the things in our life that impedes a healthy body. It may be that you eat too much fatty food, or you use the car instead of walking more. If you are a smoker, then your new healthy lifestyle needs to include getting rid of the cigarettes. Here is a guide to the pros and cons of the most popular ways to quit smoking.

Nicotine Gum

Pros – You can still get a pretty quick hit of nicotine just when you want it. You can have it at home or even in the office without having to go outside. No more stains on the fingers or stench of cigarettes in your hair.

Cons – Some chewers might complain of jaw ache at first. There is nothing to keep your hands occupied. The sensation of inhaling and deep breathing isn’t replicated in this system.


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Nicotine Patch

Pros – The patch system keeps the nicotine flowing without you having to think about having a cigarette break. You can gradually reduce the nicotine you need by changing patch strength.

Cons – The patch may cause you a skin irritation. When it runs out, you may feel irritable and want to turn to a cigarette.


Pros – The electronic cigarette gives you the nicotine you need as you need it. It doesn’t have any of the other dangerous chemicals and additives of real cigarettes. You can choose from a wide variety of flavours. It requires you to hold it and inhale it like a cigarette. It even offers a smoky effect. It is usually reusable making it much cheaper than smoking real cigarettes. You can choose your strength of nicotine or zero strength.

Cons – Not all venues will allow you to vape indoors. It could cost more than a packet of cigarettes to get you started.

Cold Turkey

Pros – You will immediately be free of the stink and stimulant of the cigarette. You won’t have any more costs associated with your habit.

Cons – Very hard to do. You may feel nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These can include irritability and lack of focus.


Pros – You are regularly talking to someone about your habit and your desire to break free from it. You have support from your hypnotherapist. Being in a relaxed state is good for your health overall.

Cons – Not all hypnotherapy is effective for everyone. It is very expensive. Some areas have few experienced therapists around.

When you want to quit smoking it can be a good idea to discuss your intentions and preferred method with your doctor. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe some free support that is worth taking advantage of. Quitting smoking is hard, but it is the best thing to do when you want to adopt a more healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t take long for the effects of the cigarettes to leave your system either. Good luck!