Stop Smoking Aids

stop-smokingVaping isn’t for everyone, and there are many other products out there designed to help you give up smoking. A recent report in the US found that 70% of smokers wanted to quit and 50% had tried to do so in the last year. It is therefore clear that giving up smoking is no  easy feat and effective cessation products are an invaluable help. At e-cig analyst, we believe that the most effective products are those that contain nicotine. Once your brain receives a nicotine hit, regardless of whether that’s from a cigarette or from another source, your cravings will stop. The hardest part of giving up smoking with a nicotine replacement is convincing yourself that the product will relieve the craving and that you don’t need a cigarette. The most common forms of nicotine replacement therapy are patches, lozenges and gum.


Patches

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Nicotine patches are one of the most popular forms of nicotine replacement therapy. They are often used by smokers when they will be unable to have a cigarette for a long period of time, on long haul flights for example. The user places a sticky patch (much like a plaster) on their body and the patch slowly releases nicotine through the skin for up to 24 hours. It is not recommended that you wear the patch at night as nicotine can interfere with your sleep and give you vivid nightmares. You can buy patches with different doses of nicotine depending on how many cigarettes you smoked a day previously. You should always adhere to to manufacturers instructions when deciding which strength patch you require. At e-cig analyst, we strongly recommend that you don’t use cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapy at the same time. It has been proven that people have a much higher chance of giving up smoking for good if they completely replace smoking with nicotine replacement products when they start using them.

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Gum

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Nicotine gum as the name suggests is chewing gum with nicotine added to it. Whenever the user feels like they need a cigarette, they simply put a stick of nicotine gum in their mouth and chew it like normal gum. This will release nicotine through the sides of the mouth where it will enter the bloodstream and reach the brain. Nicotine gum will release the nicotine in more of a hit than patches, just like you’d experience with cigarettes. Nicotine gum is available in several strengths and the user should refer to manufacturer instructions when deciding which strength is right for them.

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Nicotine lozenges work in much the same way as nicotine gum. Whenever the user feels a craving coming on, they put a lozenge in their mouth, which will slowly dissolve over 20 to 30 minutes, releasing nicotine as it does. The nicotine will be absorbed through the gums and into the bloodstream where it will reach the brain, killing the craving. As with patches and gum, nicotine lozenges are available in different strengths and the manufacturer will indicate which strength is right for you in the instructions. After a few months of using lozenges, the user should gradually reduce the amount they are using each day until eventually they don’t need to use them at all.

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