I recently read an article about the benefits of not smoking. In this day of age, everyone should be aware of the negative effects that smoking does to the body. This will take a toll on your body everyday, whether you are aware of it or not. Not to mention the increased risks of diseases and cancer.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom alone cigarette smoking is the cause of more than 100,000 deaths a year?
Making the decision to stop smoking is usually easy to make but actually quitting is the hard part. There are so many benefits to stop smoking you may ask yourself why you do it.
Here are some of the benefits you will notice if you stop smoking:
- Increased energy
- No more bad breath and stinky clothes
- Food tastes better
- No longer feel constant anxiety when you can’t smoke
- Improved circulation
- No more smoking related coughing
- Save money
The above are only a few of the benefits and each benefit can occur during a different time period. Quitting can be very hard because of the nicotine – a very powerful and addictive drug. When your body and brain get used to having this drug, they only want more.
The good news is that there are solutions to help you get over your addiction and quit smoking forever. Below I will go over some of these well known methods and what they involve.
Nicotine patches have been around a long time and do provide some relief to withdrawal. The benefit of a nicotine patch is that it is released in the body over a longer period of time compared to cigarettes and nicotine gum.
The slight downside for most smokers is that you will not feel that “rush” that you often feel directly after smoking a cigarette. It is recommended to use nicotine patches at a higher dose when first starting and gradually lower the amount down. You should use a patch for 2-3 months. And it is also recommended to never smoke when you are on the patch.
The overall success rate that people have had from studies show that around 18-25% of people stop smoking when utilising the nicotine patch.
E-Cigarettes and Vaping
E-Cigarettes have been the latest craze for people looking to quit smoking as they offer nicotine in a much safer delivery system. E-Cigarette smokers commonly refer to traditional cigarettes as “Analogs” and analogs are well known to have tons of additional chemicals that Vype electronic cigarettesdo not have.
The nicotine is delivered from “vaping” coming in the form of the oily substance that is used in e-cigarettes. These come in many different varieties of flavours and strengths. Another benefit of vaping is there is literally no harm from second hand smoke because it’s actually a vapour that is emitted and not smoke.
Another option to help you stop smoking is by chewing Nicotine Gum. One benefit of using gum over the nicotine patches is you can control your urge at anytime by simply chewing a piece of gum. There are various flavours and it comes in two strengths, either 2mg or 4mg of nicotine.
Hypnotherapy is another option and there are people who have had some success to quit smoking through hypnotherapy. With hypnotherapy the patient is generally put in a relaxed hypnotic state and the therapist will fill the patients subconscious mind with healthy thoughts and removes the part that smoking is good for them. The general idea is the hypnotherapist wants to instil into the patient that smoking is bad and the end result will be that the patient will no longer want to smoke.
There are other options to help you stop smoking but these are some of the popular ones. In the end it ultimately comes down to your own willpower and how bad you want to stop.
As you guys know, my Brother still smokes. I hope that one day, he reads my articles and gives up for good.
Thanks for reading,