A habit many want to kick, smoking is not only expensive but is known to cause lung, throat, mouth, and other kinds of cancers. But quitting is hard, with the daily stress and the craving for nicotine the first thing seasoned smokers reach for is cigarettes. However, there are numerous products on the market designed for helping people to quit the habit for good.
E-Cigs and Vapes
There are many options regarding e-cigs and vapes available. The favored of the two seem to be the vapes that come with a variety of flavored oils and liquids that are fairly cheap to get and last a while. Also available are CBD vapes, and CBD oil is known to have many health benefits, helping with joint pain and can reduce anxiety and depression. For a device that lasts a while, choosing a good CBD vape pen is essential and research is a good way to find out what works for you.
The idea of nicotine gum is to have a piece whenever a craving hits. There are different levels of nicotine in the gum so you can start with a higher dosage and wean yourself to a lower one over time. They are also good for those at work as certain brands aren’t designed to be chewed for prolonged periods, instead, they are chewed to break the shell and then the gum is pressed against the back of the mouth to absorb the nicotine over time.
Like gum, nicotine patches are easy to find and are designed to release nicotine into your system over a period of time. You can also pair patches with gums or other products such as sprays and lozenges to help with cravings. They come in doses of up to 24 hours and one can be worn immediately after removing another, meaning you are always getting your nicotine dose.
While an expensive option, many reports that hypnotherapy has completely gotten rid of all cravings for cigarettes after a session or two. However, it is important to note that many believe hypnotherapy doesn’t work as some people are susceptible to it while others aren’t. While not an option for everyone, it’s certainly one to consider.
Apps and Support Groups
Often, people struggle to quit smoking because they don’t have a support bubble, as an ex-smoker myself, I know the struggle when people don’t believe you can do it, or when friends and family are offering you cigarettes regularly. However, apps and support groups are available to those who need them, with like-minded people to help you on your journey. Such Apps include Quitters Circle and TXTSmokefree.
There is medication available that reduces cravings, however many of them work as medications for other ailments therefore doctors are hesitant to give them out for the purposes of quitting smoking. It may be worth asking your GP about regardless as you may be able to get them if you meet the requirements. Chantix is a prescription medication designed specifically to help you quit smoking and isn’t used for anything but that.
No, I don’t mean the bird. Going cold turkey one day and stopping smoking without the aids of other things is the way many people choose to quit. From personal experience, I stopped having regular cravings after 2 weeks of going cold turkey and while I do occasionally want to smoke, the cravings aren’t as bad as they used to be and easily ignored. Of course, this method isn’t for everyone and it’s important to do what works for you.