Smoking is notoriously addictive. As many smokers and ex-smokers will tell you, giving up can be a truly daunting and difficult task. Quitting nicotine serves as a real test of willpower and strength. Fortunately, you don’t have to undertake this task using sheer willpower alone. You CAN conquer your addiction by using some of the fantastic stop smoking aids and smoking alternatives on the market today. Leave tobacco in the past, improve your health and lengthen your lifespan.
There is more ‘stop smoking’ support than ever today. There are a wide variety of products on the market specifically designed to help ex-smokers manage withdrawal symptoms and successfully break their habit in the most comfortable way possible. As well as an increase in the quality and variety of ‘stop smoking’ aids, there has been a rise in the popularity and availability of more healthy smoking alternatives such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers.
According to the American Cancer Society’s Thomas Glynn, the percentage of American adults who smoke has dropped dramatically in recent decades from 42.4% in 1965 to 20.6% in 2008. This generational decline can be seen as a trend over much of the world. As people have become more aware of the dangers, they have become less interested in smoking tobacco. Naturally, as the use of tobacco decreases, so too do the rates of certain illnesses directly associated with smoking. The industry has been damaged in recent years by the variety of more sophisticated smoking cessation aids and popular, more healthy alternatives to smoking.
While the concept of ‘nicotine gum’ may conjure nauseous associative imagery of bitter, evil tasting play-dough, I can assure you that the bad old days of foul and primitive nicotine gum are well and truly behind us. These days, gum is available in a variety of flavours and with varying dosages of nicotine. This means that you can carefully tailor and control your dose, reducing it as necessary. This systematic reduction of nicotine dosage follows the ‘cut down and quit’ approach used by smokers, however it is superior because oral ingestion of nicotine is infinitely better for the health than smoking tobacco. This same ‘cut down and quit’ principle can be applied to other smoking cessation aids containing nicotine including patches, nasal sprays, lozenges, pills and inhalers. All of these are markedly healthier than smoking tobacco and all serve as excellent aids for the quitter. It may be a case of mixing, matching and combining these different treatments, as you find out which works best for you and your body. Snus, which is banned in the EU, is a moist, smokeless tobacco powder which is used by many as a more healthy alternative to cigarettes. Orally ingested tobacco derivatives such as snus pose considerably fewer health risks to users, and can be used as a smoking replacement or as an aid in quitting.
While there is a wide array of nicotine infused tools designed to help smoking cessation, there are also smoking alternatives which not only provide support with quitting, but also more healthy and pleasurable ways of achieving that smoking sensation. With e-cigarettes and vaporizers, you can still enjoy the sensation of inhaling but with a clean conscience. While e-cigarettes have been adopted by many ex-smokers as a tool used to combat nicotine withdrawal, it is important to mention that there are e-liquids and cartidges available that contain no nicotine at all. Nicotine free e-cigarettes have become much more prominent and popular in recent years, and they have been taken on as a recreationally used alternative to tobacco and nicotine-enriched electronics. The vaping market has also boomed in recent years, as more and more people begin to utilize their vaporizers in favour of an unhealthy smoke. A wide variety of dried herbs and plant extracts are available for purchase which can be used not only for fun, but medicinally too.
The benefits of quitting smoking can be seen just minutes after your last cigarette. A mere 20 minutes after quitting, you heart rate and blood pressure will drop considerably, and just one year after smoking cessation, the chances of heart disease will be chopped in half. You know it’s worth it. There is no denying the power of nicotine addiction, but it’s comforting to know that in this day and age, it has never been easier to kick the habit and find a more healthy alternative.