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Quitting Nicotine Addiction

Posted May 02 2008 11:02am
Are you spending a lot of your hard earned money on the smoking habit but are having difficulty in quitting due to lack of will power? Are you feeling bad because your breath smells all the time?

Are you being bullied to stop smoking by your family and friends? Does your environment smell of stale tobacco - your cloths, your home? You’re aware that you’re slowly killing yourself, but you just don’t seem to be able to stop!

Each time you try to quit smoking, the side effects of quitting seem so bad that you end up right back buying a pack of cigarettes and lighting up, thinking to yourself I’ll just smoke this pack and quit tomorrow. When visiting friends that don’t smoke, do they ask you to go outside to light up?

Sound familiar? Does this describe you? If it does, it could be time to take yet another, yet more serious look at how you can stop smoking for good and take constructive action.

So how do you accomplish this seemingly difficult task of quitting the cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco - nicotine, without going mad into the process.

Nicotine gum

The nicotine gum, stop smoking aid is available virtually worldwide and works well for some, while it has it’s disadvantages for others i.e. some people just can’t chew gum for any length of time due to perhaps dental problems or other conditions. When chewed the gum delivers nicotine to the body and is delivered to the bloodstream via absorption through the mouths tissues.

The gum pieces are generally available in individual packaging and come in various flavours such as mint and orange taste. Each piece of gum contains 2 or 4 mg of nicotine, which is approximately the nicotine content of 1 or 2 cigarettes, an appropriate dosage depending on the smoking habits of the user.

Some nicotine gums work differently, but in general the idea is that the gum is first chewed until it is soft and a peppery taste is noticed, after which it is pressed between the cheek and gums, which is known as ‘parking’. When the peppery taste stops, the gum is chewed again, and then ‘parked’ in a different place in the mouth. This is continued until the gum is depleted of nicotine, which takes about thirty minutes.

Nicotine Patches

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A nicotine patch is a skin patch that is placed (glued to) on theskin, and delivers a specific dose of medication through the skin and into the bloodstream.that releases nicotine into the body through the skin. It is usually used as a method to quit smoking.

As to the efficiency of nicotine patches, there have been some doubts expressed however, they are still on the market and presumably people are buying them to help them stop with their nicotine addiction.

As well as nicotine chewing gum, patches, lozenges and nasal sprays, nicotine inhalers are also available, which ironically work much in the same way as inhalers available for bronchial and asthma patients, where the inhaler provides a fixed dosage of medication or nicotine, depending on the smokers habits.

Stop smoking with Hypnosis

Over the years, there have been many different programs designed to help the user drop the smoking habit and several hypnosis programs. Hypnotism is said to be an excellent aid in helping a user to finally break the habit of smoking. I’ve heard that the success rate is higher than most other stop smoking aids and it’s true to say that desire is critical to action. This is most likely why multi-session hypnosis has a 66% success rate in helping people quit smoking. That’s higher than any other smoking cessation method that there is.

There are new techniques in cognitive behavioural therapy and clinical hypnosis that help you truly want to quit smoking . . . with your mind, body, and soul. Using a holistic approach, it helps you to keep your goal in mind at all times. And not just your goal, but the reasons for this goal that are also important. To learn more about hypnosis for smoking cessation in general visit this web site: http://www.hypnosisnetwork.com/hypnosis/quit_smoking.php

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is also considered a genuine and powerful aid in stopping nicotine and smoking addiction, although it’s not the most popular treatment among people who want to quit smoking, it does appear to be a method used by some to help them in their efforts of quitting smoking. Acupuncture is a treatment that apparently has no side effects.

Quit Smoking Pills

There’s a new quit smoking pill that might provide the advantage you need to defeat the smoking habit for good. How nice would it be to quit smoking and not crave another cigarette, constantly feel on edge or turn to another vice like food?

Determination and Will Power

While it’s understandable, it’s foolish to think you can’t quit smoking because you lack will power - this in the end will become an excuse and you’ll most likely start smoking again, so it’s important to keep saying to yourself ‘I can do it’. Smoking has been compared to alcohol and heroin addiction, but this is not about how you quit smoking, it’s more important that you succeed in breaking the habit.

Working Through The Nicotine Cravings

Some compare the symptoms of quitting smoking to the experience of losing someone close to them. You may mourn the loss of your smoking habit and feel depressed, you might feel edgy or angry and snap at those closest to you. If you start feeling this way it’s important to try and work through it by putting yourself outside the situation and remember that reaching the end goal is worth the sacrifice you feel you’re making.

Quitting smoking will make you feel better in many ways, it will definitely give you more energy, improve your skin, reduce bad breath, you’ll smell better, so will your home and you’ll alleviate the health risks involved with smoking. Quitting the smoking habit requires commitment, motivation and resources, but there’s no one right way to quit, but there are some key elements in quitting smoking successfully. Think of it as not something you’re giving up, but something you’re gaining.

So, lose the smoke and keep the glow of your life alive and shining bright.

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