Here is a brief "Stop Smoking Guide" to introduce you some of the most popular and accessible quit smoking aids.
You need to be strong enough to cope with the smoking cessation stress and determined to quit smoking forever, before these stop smoking aids can help you.
Assuming that the decision and the determination are there, let's see what other stop smoking aids are available.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Cigarettes, similar to other drugs, contain addictive substance – nicotine. Nicotine is the reason you get addicted to cigarettes and it is one of the main reasons for quitting being so hard. A nicotine replacement therapy works on the principle of replacing cigarette nicotine with nicotine from other sources. After your body continues to receive its daily nicotine doses, you have less symptoms and this leaves you more stress-free time to cope with the behavioral side of the problem.
There are various forms of nicotine replacement products. For example, the nicotine gum is a very popular stop smoking product. You do not need a prescription for a nicotine gum and all you need to do it to chew a gum any time you have the desire for a cigarette.
Stop smoking gum is usually one of the inexpensive quit smoking products. A stop smoking gum containing nicotine cannot harm you in general but it might not be suitable for certain medical conditions – diabetes, dental disease, heart problems, high blood pressure, etc. It is not recommended for women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant as well as for breast-feeding mothers.
The nicotine patch is another stop smoking aid based on the NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). The patches are usually transparent and invisible if put under clothes. They should be placed over clean skin anywhere between your neck and waist.
Laser Stop Smoking Aids
Laser therapies are also a well-known and successful way to quit smoking. The therapy employs ancient Chinese acupuncture techniques – specific points of your body are stimulated with low-level (also called cold) lasers. This results in increased endorphin production thus reduced cravings and post-smoking symptoms. Laser treatments give very good results especially when combined with a correct behavior therapy.
Alternative Stop Smoking Aids
Many people are reluctant to use any form of chemical substances to help them quit smoking. There are also people whose medical condition does not allow the use of nicotine replacement products (people with heart problems, diabetes, stomach problems, pregnant or breast-feeding women, etc). The good news is that there is a stop smoking aid for those people as well. Many herbal products available will reduce the cigarette cravings and help you quit smoking. Many people prefer acupuncture than laser therapy as well.
Quit smoking herbal products have the benefit of solving a smoker's problems by making use of natural elements. In order to achieve the best results it is better if these methods are used together, or at least two of them. By combining them, smokers will easily find a way to get rid of their unhealthy habit and to recover fast from the troublesome period that follows.
Deciding to give up smoking is not so difficult. The problems appear after the last cigarette. That is why the nicotine that your body needs has to be replaced by some herbs that present the advantage of not causing addiction like other unnatural methods.
Deciding to quit smoking is a big decision. Learn about all the support that is available to help you quit, decide what methods will work for you, make a stop smoking plan, and go for it.