Smoking is a contentious issue. It was initially marketed as a way to improve one’s wellbeing, but quickly spiralled into being known as a dangerous and potentially deadly habit. It’s still a personal choice as an adult as to whether you smoke or not, but many smokers wish to reduce their consumption or quit altogether for their health. As an addiction to both the habit and the nicotine, quitting can be a very difficult task to undertake. This collaborative post takes a look at 5 different types of nicotine replacement therapy products that can help with smoking cessation.
Why Nicotine Replacement Is Useful In Stopping Smoking
It’s no secret that smoking is a deadly addiction that can lead to chronic illnesses. A Journal of the American Medical Association study indicates that although 30-50% of smokers attempt to quit in any given year, only 7.5% succeed. Withdrawals are tough, but as discussed in “5 Helpful Tips to Quit Smoking“, cessation programmes combined with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can increase your chances of succeeding. NRTs ease you into the quitting process by providing controlled amounts of nicotine usually without the harmful effects of tobacco and smoke, thus relieving withdrawals and cravings. Continued innovations in the field have pushed its market value up to $44.5 billion, shedding some light on its effectiveness. As such, here are five NRTs for you to consider if you want to reduce or quit smoking for good.
5 Nicotine Replacement Therapy Products
Discreet, self-adhesive patches like Nicoderm steadily release nicotine into your bloodstream through the skin. To use, VeryWellMind advises putting the patch on clean skin anywhere below the neck and above the waist. These can be bought over the counter or online and come in varying levels of strength and wear times, such as 16-hour and 24-hour patches. The number of cigarettes you smoke daily will determine the type you’ll use, and as per the aforementioned guide, you should stop smoking before usage to avoid an overdose.
Unlike its regular counterpart, fast-acting nicotine gums like Nicorette require a specific process of chewing to draw out its effects. Making sure not to eat or drink 15 minutes prior, slowly chew the gum until a tingling sensation is apparent. Then, stick the gum on the inside of your cheek until the tingling disappears. Repeat the process for 20-30 minutes to effectively work through a craving, but remember: usually no more than 24 pieces are allowed daily. Always read the instructions for the particular brand you choose as directions can vary. This NRT is available over the counter and online in two doses: 2mg and 4mg. Similar to regular chewing gum, though, nicotine gum also comes in enjoyable flavours like berry, mint, and citrus.
To mimic the experience of chewing tobacco, these porous pouches are placed beneath the upper lip and release nicotine over time. The nicotine pouches available on Prilla.com showcase the variety of strengths and flavours that can be bought online, ranging from the traditional menthol flavourings to coffee, citrus, and cinnamon in strengths starting at 2mg and reaching up to 15mg. The site also explains that these pouches eliminate most of smoking’s unfortunate side effects, including excess spitting and bad breath. Instead, mint or berry-flavoured pouches refresh the palette and give off a pleasant aroma that can counter the halitosis common among smokers. As an NRT that’s widely available over-the-counter and online, nicotine pouches are a popular option for those looking to wean off cigarettes since they can transition from higher 8mg doses to lower 2mg strengths over time.
Available only upon prescription, inhalers are the most expensive NRT on the market. They deliver a mist of nicotine directly to the mouth and throat, where it is almost immediately absorbed. Like gums, inhalers such as Nicotrol are meant to be used as needed to control sudden cravings. All you need to do is puff onto the inhaler and the cartridge will give you your fix. This imitates the act of smoking, which some people find a pleasant surprise. Generally speaking, each cartridge will last 20 minutes, but you must not go beyond 16 cartridges a day. A doctor will usually prescribe a specific number of cartridges that an individual can use to suit their needs.
Nicotine Nasal Sprays
As the name suggests, this NRT delivers a spray of nicotine through the nose. Because of this, it quickly works through the body and relieves cravings in no time. Nasal sprays like Nicotrol NS are available only by prescription, and the recommended dosage is 1-2 uses per hour. Each dose is equivalent to two sprays (one in each nostril), and no more than 40 doses daily is permissible. It’s convenient, covert and quick to use but it may not suit everyone. Should you have asthma, allergies, or other sinus problems, the CDC suggests you consider any of the other NRTs to avoid complications.
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It’s a personal choice whether to smoke or not once you’re of legal age, and choosing to quit is a choice only you can make for yourself. Reducing or stopping smoking smoking is no easy feat, but with advances in cessation technology such as NRTs, letting go of the habit is a little bit easier.
Note from Caz : I’m a smoker myself & must admit I don’t like some of the derogatory treatment smokers receive. I also appreciate the potential harm to health and the need to quit for psychological, financial or health purposes, which is where nicotine replacement therapy products can be so beneficial for many who want to cut down or give it up entirely. If you are/were a smoker, have you found success with NRTs to help you stop?
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