Stop Smoking Article
Basic Facts About Stop Smoking Devicesby HealthyLivingTrends.com
Stopping smoking is one of the most difficult things to do in life. If you're a smoker it almost goes without saying that stopping is at the forefront of your mind most of the time. For the vast majority of smokers, it is simply impossible to just quit. There are lots of products on the market that say they will help you stop smoking, but very often they are not much better for you than smoking. In this article we will review the various smoking cessation devices on the market today.
Nicotine gum and lozenges are rather dubious smoking cessation devices. They deliver nicotine and a small amount of oral occupation. They do not deliver hand to mouth action as smoking does nor do they provide any of the perceived value of cigarettes in the form creating an "image". The concept behind nicotine gum and lozenges is it you will chew on the gum or lozenge to receive a dose of nicotine and eventually you will substitute regular gum or lozenges for the nicotine versions until you are no longer addicted to nicotine and then you'll stop smoking. Unfortunately, most smokers miss the activity of smoking and feel a void in the part of their lives which smoking has filled in the past. Additionally, nicotine gum and lozenges cannot be used in the long term as they will cause gum disease and other problems.
Also available as a smoking cessation device is the nicotine patch. Many people thought that this would be a miracle when it comes to stopping smoking because you only have to apply the patch once a day and it delivers a steady dose of nicotine. Of course, the problem with this is obvious. Smoking is not just an addiction to nicotine. It is also an enjoyable habit. Smokers enjoy the hand to mouth action of smoking and the oral gratification. Many smokers derive a great deal of their personal image from smoking. The nicotine patch does not provide any satisfaction in any of these realms. Additionally, nicotine patches become ineffective if they become wet. Furthermore, many smokers report having very unpleasant side effects such as nausea, skin rashes and vertigo.
In addition to these forms of smoking cessation devices, there are also prescription drugs available that are supposed to help control nicotine cravings. The drawbacks of these are the same as the drawbacks of the other products. While they do deliver an ingredient that curbs nicotine cravings, they do nothing to satisfy the habit of smoking. Additionally, pharmaceutical drugs have proven dangerous. Users have experienced bouts of anger, paranoia, hallucinations, violence and some have even gone so far is to kill others and themselves.
Clearly, none of these choices is ideal. If you want to explore any of them, you should work closely with your doctor, seek counseling and join a support group. Some smokers also find that participating in hypnosis treatments is helpful in stopping smoking. Stopping smoking with the accepted smoking cessation devices available on the market today is not smooth sailing.
While not approved as a smoking cessation device by the FDA, electronic cigarettes have helped a number of people to reduce or eliminate their use of nicotine while retaining the habit of smoking. Electronic cigarettes closely replicate the experience of smoking and deliver the amount of nicotine the user chooses in a simple vapor that consists of three common FDA approved ingredients and pharmaceutical nicotine. Smokers can reduce the amount of nicotine to none at all over time and yet still retain the enjoyment of using an electronic cigarette. Even if the smoker chooses to continue nicotine intake, electronic cigarettes represent a form of tobacco harm reduction in that they do not expose a smoker or those around the smoker to the more than 4000 toxins, pesticides and carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
Regardless of the drawbacks of some of the accepted smoking cessation devices, many people have found some relief from smoking by using them. Whether you choose to stop smoking by pharmaceutical intervention or by use of an electronic cigarette as a tobacco harm reduction device is a personal decision. By weighing the information presented here, you will be able to make just the right choice for you.