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Smoking Cessation Aids


Smoking cigarettes can have serious health repercussions for you and your family. If you are ready to quit smoking and improve the quality of your life, find out about the different methods you can use to stop smoking. Read this article for more information about smoking cessation aids.

Some people find that quitting smoking all at once is the best method for them. The problem with this method is that nicotine is a strong drug and suddenly stopping its use can create serious withdrawal symptoms. If you decide to quit cold turkey, you may experience headaches, depression, diarrhea, mood swings and irritability. The majority of smokers who try to quit cold turkey, fail.

Nicotine replacement therapy comes in several forms and is available over the counter or with a prescription. Nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges and nicotine patches are available in varying doses so you can step down to less and less nicotine until it is no longer required. Nicotine inhalers and Nicotine nasal sprays are available with a prescription. Using nicotine replacement therapy can decrease cravings, reduce withdrawal symptoms and increase your chances of success. Since the nicotine is delivered through the skin, mouth or nose, these replacement therapies do not damage the lungs.

Several types of medication are available by prescription to help you in your smoking cessation program. Chantix is a pill that works on the same areas of the brain as nicotine to block the pleasurable effects of smoking a cigarette. Chantix also decreases nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The antidepressants, Zyban and Wellbutrin, can be used to decrease nicotine cravings. These medications have been linked to bizarre behavioral changes including suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide.

Hypnotism is an effective smoking cessation for some people. While under hypnosis, smokers are given specific methods for dealing with nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. These skills are reinforced with audiotapes to be used at home. Hypnotherapy is more effective when used as one portion of a smoking cessation program.

Acupuncture administered in the correct areas by a qualified professional may help some smokers quit smoking permanently. Acupuncture is a good alternative treatment for people who do not want to take medication or continue to use nicotine and smokers who have been unable to quit smoking with traditional forms of smoking cessation aids. Acupuncture can also be used as one tool in a wide spread smoking cessation program.

Meditation can help smokers release tension and relieve stress. Since many smokers feel that smoking cigarettes helps relieve stress, healthier methods for stress relief can aid in smoking cessation. Meditation works best if it is practiced at the same time every day.

Electronic cigarettes may contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals and they contain nicotine. However, they may be a somewhat healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are fairly new so their side effects and long-term health risks are not known.

You can quit smoking on your own or with help. In this case, the journey does not matter, only the end result. Now that you have some information about helpful aids used to quit smoking, take that first step.