Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How Can Smokers Quit?

I know how hard it is for people to give up things that they are addicted to – I can tell you that if you tried to stop me from eating pistachio ice cream or watching my favorite shows on TV, I would find it really hard. So I can understand how hard it is for smokers to kick the habit. I know so many people who have wanted to give up smoking, some have tried and succeeded (well done to them!) but a good proportion of others have fallen off the wagon time and time again, despite knowing that their habit is damaging their health.

From what I have seen, attempting to quit smoking using willpower alone has got to be the least effective way to go about it, offering the least chance of ending up smoke free at the end. Some people I know have had great success by undertaking alternative therapies including acupuncture and hypnotherapy, which seem to produce results, though whether the effects are as a result of some scientific process or simply some kind of placebo effect I really couldn’t say.

However, one thing that has real scientific evidence of the effectiveness behind it is nicotine replacement, which comes in many forms. While traditionally nicotine replacement might mean gum to be chewed, patches that are stuck on the skin, or lozenges that are sucked – I recently spotted a great new gadget that seems to be a real solution to smokers problems.

The e-cigarette not only fights nicotine cravings but also gives smokers the prop of a dummy-cigarette, which solves the problem of what to do with your hands when not smoking as well as offering an effective recreation of the inhalation when smoking cigarettes – a combination that seems to address all the rituals associated with smoking and must therefore surely offer a greater chance of succeeding.

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