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6 Products To Help You Quit Smoking

Written: 08/28/2007

Lately some of my friends were contemplating quitting smoking. It is never easy to break free from a habit and more over a habit like smoking. The main block to stop smoking is a lack of motivation and the lack of nicotine in your body.

Effects of not smoking

Most people know the effects of smoking but you must also understand the effects of not smoking and the strain your body will have to experience during the "non-smoking" phase or "Quitter's flu, a term used to describe this phase of smoking cessation". The lack of nicotine in the body can lead to withdrawal symptoms where smokers experience the following symptoms:

  • Cravings of a cigarette

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability, Crankiness, Edginess

  • Inablitity to concentrate or focus

  • Headache

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Dry Mouth

  • Sore tongue and/or gums

  • Postnasal drip

  • Tightness in the chest

  • Constipation, gas, stomach pain

These symptoms make it difficult to quit smoking. Some of the following products help minimise the withdrawal effects of smoking by avoiding a sudden drop in nicotine levels when you drop smoking.

So here are 6 products that will be help you drop smoking:

  1. Nicotine Patch

    A nicotine patch is a transdermal patch that releases nicotine into the body through the skin. It can be applied anywhere between the waist and neck — often on the upper arm or shoulder. Patches must be replaced every 24 hours.

  2. Nicotine Gum

    Nicotine gum is a type of chewing gum that delivers nicotine to the body. It is used as an aid in smoking cessation and in quitting smokeless tobacco. The nicotine is delivered to the bloodstream via absorption by the tissues of the mouth.

  3. Nicotine Lozenge

    The nicotine lozenge is an oral variety of NRT. The lozenge comes in the form of a hard candy, and releases nicotine as it slowly dissolves in the mouth.

  4. Nicoting Inhaler

    The nicotine inhaler, also nicknamed "the puffer" is a thin, plastic cartridge that contains a porous nicotine plug in its base. By puffing on the cartridge, nicotine vapor is extracted and absorbed through the lining of the mouth. Each cartridge delivers up to 400 puffs of nicotine vapor. It takes at least 80 puffs to obtain the equivalent amount of nicotine delivered by one cigarette.

  5. Nicotine Nasal Spray

    The nicotine in nasal spray reaches the bloodstream more quickly than do the other nicotine replacement medications.

    Nicotine nasal spray is sprayed inside your nostril. The recommended dose is a spray in each nostril one to five times an hour.

  6. These products are substitute cigarettes which you can smoke when you really feel the need of a cigarette.

  7. Some example include E-Z Quit and Simply Quit.

Please note that note these products are not 100% efficient but they have known to produce results, in addition to helping you stay motivated. It's best to consult your doctor beforehand and ask his advise before embarking on a "Stop Smoking Campaign".

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