Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Cigarettes are a source of nicotine, an addictive chemical
that smokers crave. Many people experience nicotine withdrawal
symptoms when they try to quit "cold turkey." These withdrawal
symptoms may increase the desire to smoke. Nicotine replacements
supply your body with smaller, controlled amounts of nicotine to
help relieve some of the withdrawal symptoms. This may reduce
cigarette cravings. Nicotine replacement is available in a number
of forms including patches, lozenges and nicotine gum. Your body
absorbs nicotine at a slower rate when using replacement products.
Plus, you aren't exposed to the other toxins in cigarettes like tar
and carbon monoxide.
How do Nicotine Lozenges Differ from Gum?
Nicotine lozenges are another popular option. Like nicotine
gum, they supply your body with controlled doses of nicotine to
help reduce the desire to smoke. Unlike nicotine gum that you chew,
lozenges are meant to dissolve slowly in the mouth until they
Some nicotine withdrawal systems use cigarette filters that
gradually reduce the amount of tar and nicotine you take in with
each cigarette. You would begin with the first filter and gradually
work your way down to the last one. Each progression reduces your
exposure to tar and nicotine more. By the time you reach the last
filter, you've reduced your exposure by 90%. When you reach this
level, you may be able to quit smoking without experiencing
withdrawal symptoms. It's a step-by-step filtering system designed
to gradually wean you off of nicotine.
How do Nicotine Gums Work?
Nicotine gums are one of the most popular options for
nicotine replacement therapy. These gums come in a variety of bold,
tongue-tantalizing flavors like fresh mint, fruit and cinnamon.
They're usually sugar-free so you don't have to worry about tooth
decay. They are great for freshening your breath too! Nicotine gums
are available in a regular dose as well as a higher nicotine dose
for heavier smokers. Always follow the directions and don't chew
more than the recommended number of pieces per day.
Do Nicotine Replacement Products Have Side
It's possible to experience mild side effects like heartburn,
rapid heartbeat, gas, headache, stomach upset or insomnia when
using nicotine replacement products but these are usually not
severe enough to cause concern. Don't smoke if you're using any
form of nicotine replacement product. This could lead to too much
nicotine. It is also important to take the product as directed and
use it only for as long as recommended.
Commit to Quitting
Quitting smoking isn't easy but smoking aids can make it a
little less challenging to kick the habit so you can enjoy the
health benefits of being smoke free.