Most people who smoke know that it is a hard habit to kick. Experts believe that it is hard for most to quit smoking because most tobacco products are addicting. With that being said, some need a little more help in order to truly quit.
WebMD claims that nicotine changes the chemistry of your brain to make you crave more of the addictive agent. There are also withdrawal symptoms that can come about if you don’t get the amount that your body “needs.” Though some people can quit smoke easily, there are still those who need help.
Here are some tips from the Cancer Association of SA(CANSA) on how to make the first steps to eliminating smoking from your life:
You can start by choosing the date you want to officially quit smoking.
Get rid of anything that reminds you of smoking such as lighters, ashtrays, and old cigarette packs.
Avoid being around those who smoke. The first three days after not having a cigarette are the hardest. Over time, it will get easier.
Below are few alternatives that can be of great help when wanting to kick smoking to the curb:
Electronic cigarettes or E-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco. However, they do contain nicotine so be careful.
The patch goes on when you wake up in the morning and last throughout the day. As time goes on, they release low amounts of nicotine through your skin. Experts believe that the nicotine patches are great for reducing withdrawal symptoms.
Nicotine chewing gum:
The specific gum allows for nicotine absorption through the tissues within the mouth. It’s an “on demand” product which means you take it when you begin to crave a cigarette.
These specific cigarettes do not have any nicotine or tobacco within them. Herbs and flowers are used instead, and they come in different flavors. The downside to herbal cigarettes is that certain studies show that these cigarettes can be just as harmful as regular cigarettes. They release toxins while burning, the same as regular cigarettes.