Smoking can be a dangerous and costly habit. It kills over 400,000 Britons each year and millions world wide. But, how can someone quit such an addictive drug. Here is some advice that may help you or someone you know kick this habit once and for all.
The first thing you need to understand about smoking in order to quit it is why it is so addictive in the first place. Tobacco’s addictive effect comes mostly from a chemical called nicotine. This chemical floods the brain with dopamine, the neurotransmitter that causes the brain to feel pleasure. Once the dopamine runs out the brain craves more, causing the need to smoke another cigarette.
Suddenly stopping your nicotine intake can lead to withdraw effects in two to three hours. These withdraw effects include anxiety, depression, headaches, restlessness, insomnia, problems concentrating, and moodiness. The symptoms can last up to a week but usually peak in two to three days.
These symptoms are why most people don’t quit smoking all at one, but usually tapper their nicotine consumption down gradually. This is been made easier with the availability of nicotine gum or patches that allowed them better control over the amount of nicotine their body was getting. This is referred to as nicotine replacement therapy and electronic cigarettes and has a greater success rate than quitting without it.
Nicotine replacement therapy is not always the best option. It should not be used by pregnant women or people with heart or lung problems. These are the people that need to quit smoking the most.
There are few alternative treatments for nicotine nicotine addiction. These include vitamins, hypnosis, and magnet therapy. Most of these treatments have the same or lower chance of success than quitting cold turkey.
If all of this sounds like a lot of work to go through, you might ask yourself if it is even worth it to quit smoking. It is for many reasons. first it can cost up to £2000 a year to maintain a one pack a day smoking habit. secondly, it contributes to about half the smokers who don’t quit smoking die from it. Finally, it can lead to diminished lung capacity, harming athletic performance and limiting physical activity.
A smoking habit is very difficult to break. It will likely require a great deal of planing and consideration. If you or a love one needs help quitting, research the issue before picking a method. I wish you good luck and good heath.