Outlines how to quit smoking with the help of nicotine pouches and other replacement aids, plus explains the major health reasons why you should stop smoking cigarettes.
How to quit smoking: Requirements for successful withdrawal
First of all, some important principles should be made clear: There is no withdrawal with an absolute guarantee of success. Every smoker must know for himself which type of withdrawal suits his personality. The basic prerequisite, however, is the independent decision to permanently ban cigarettes from life.
Important basic rule: The decision to quit smoking must come from the smoker’s own will.
How to quit smoking: Substitutes to help you quit
Nicotine pouches, patches, chewing gum or other nicotine substitute products are intended to make withdrawal easier for those who are willing to quit. The body is regularly supplied with a small amount of nicotine through these aids. In this way, severe withdrawal symptoms can be alleviated. However, additional smoking should be avoided, as otherwise the risk of overdosing is too high. Nicotine replacement products may also not be used with certain illnesses. The products offer help especially with the final point method. But they are also used to support other smoking cessation strategies.
Nicotine pouches are white pre-packed, tobacco-free nicotine substitutes that are used instead of smoking and can be used as a strategy to quite smoking. They can be used very discreetly — you just place a pouch between your upper or lower lip and gum, then feel the flavoured nicotine substance slowly dissolve in your mouth.
The major benefit of nicotine pouches is that you can consume the same amount of nicotine – in a less harmful way – that you consume using cigarettes or vaporizers, which are harmful to the lungs of users. It is also safer to use a nicotine pouch in a public place because it does not expose your environment to damaging second-hand smoke. Learn more here.
Patches are used in nicotine replacement therapy to provide for the body to be supplied with the active ingredient by means of nicotine-containing preparations instead of cigarettes. Unlike cigarettes, the nicotine patches only pass on nicotine to the body instead of other toxins.
You place the patch on your skin (usually somewhere out of site like an upper arm or shoulder) and the nicotine absorbs through the skin over the course of the hours you wear the patch.
Nicotine gum works in the same way as nicotine patches, except that you can choose when to use it. This method works particularly well for those who might feel strong cravings at particular times, and can then chew some gum to relieve them.
Nicotine inhalers look a little like cigarettes, and for this reason are popular for those who miss the feeling of having a cigarette in their hand. You fit the nicotine cartridge into the inhaler and then draw on it as you would a cigarette, and it releases the nicotine into your system. There is some doubt about their effectiveness, as psychologists have said they do not work to break the habit of the ‘act’ of smoking as they instead mimic — and reinforce — it.
Why you should quit smoking
Those who manage to quit smoking are doing their body good from the first minute. The oxygen content in the blood has already improved after eight hours, and after 24 hours the risk of myocardial infarction has even decreased – as the adjacent illustration shows. On the third day without smoking, the sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
After a few weeks the blood circulation stabilizes and the lung function increases by 30%. After a few months, ex- smokers can have free airways, better condition and firmer skin. In addition, the coughing fits become less frequent. The heart attack risk of a former smoker has already halved after half a year of abstinence and is comparable to that of a non-smoker after 5 years. After 10 years, the risk of developing lung cancer begins to decline.
Quitting smoking is unquestionably the most effective measure in the treatment of coronary artery disease. This is because a reduction in the risk of mortality in the case of cardiovascular diseases comes into play within a very short time.
In the case of lung cancer, too, the risk falls — but more slowly: after 15 years it has approached the risk of a non-smoker. The extent of the risk reduction also depends on the age of the smoker at the time of smoking cessation.
Smokers who want to have children should urgently give up smoking knowing that:
- Non-smokers are more fertile and get pregnant faster.
- The fetus also consumes and therefore has a greatly increased risk of malformations.
- The early childhood organism is malnourished due to insufficient blood flow due to smoking . Consequence: Babies of smokers on average weigh around 100-300g less.
- The number of premature births before the 33rd week due to smoking increases by 60%, later by 20%.
- Congenital heart defects are often causally related to smoking.
- Women smokers are two to three times more likely to miscarry Stillbirths are also often a result of smoking during pregnancy.
Genevieve Dumas is a design, fashion, food and style writer who has worked on major magazines and mastheads in the United States and Europe.