When you look online at ways to stop smoking, you’ll be bombarded with hundreds if not thousands of ways to help smokers start anew. However, how can you tell which way is going to work for you?
While there are many ways to stop smoking, many seem to fall under the same umbrella, and by that we mean that certain techniques are very similar. In this article, we’re going to be looking at 7 different ways to stop smoking, covering everything from hypnosis to the more mainstream nicotine patches. We’re also looking at nicotine-free options, as there are a growing number of people looking to adopt a healthy take on quitting smoking. Take a look below at the differing options we’ve covered.
Hypnosis for smoking has been around for some time and while its effectiveness does depend on the subject in question, many results have been positive. During the hypnosis session, the patient is usually asked what the worst or grimmest consequences of smoking are. An example would be if the hypnotherapist said that the taste of smoking is similar to that of a car exhaust, or that after each drag their mouth would feel incredibly parched.
Common hypnosis practices usually revolve around three core thinking factors:
You need to live
You need to respect your body
You need to know that smoking poisons the body
Additionally, you will be taught self-hypnosis so that if you ever feel inclined to smoke, you can repeat the learnt hypnosis process.
Vaping is now commonly recognised as a smoking substitute and more importantly, something that helps people wean off smoking. One of the main reasons why vaping is a preferred method is because it doesn’t include tar and it gives the user the option to use less nicotine or no nicotine at all. Not only that, but vaping offers an exceptional range of customisation and e-liquid flavours, allowing people to experiment and find a combination that suits them.
Another option that has been around for long time are nicotine patches. They work by replacing your nicotine intake via cigarette by using a patch that supplies a lower dosage without any of the tar or smoke effects you’d find in a cigarette. Using the patch essentially stops that craving sensation you get when you haven’t had a cigarette, helping to reduce restlessness and anxiety.
The most common medication to help cut the desire to smoke is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). This is a medication that provides the user with a fairly low level of nicotine (similar to the patches), without the tar and any additional chemicals that are not found in tobacco smoke. The NRT treatment path has been compared to nicotine patches, as both essentially act as nicotine replacements but eliminate the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.
Acupuncture therapy offers a natural way for people to stop smoking. Many people have opted for this treatment because they are not interested in using any nicotine-orientated treatments (patches, gums, pills etc). While the treatment may not be known as widely as other medications, it has been proven to offer relief to those craving cigarettes.
Similarly, others have turned to acupuncture because they may suffer from side-effects caused by the aforementioned medications. You may find that many acupuncture therapists will target the ears for those looking to quit smoking. This is because there are certain pressure points in the ears that can help quell addiction.
Still one of the most popular products circulating the marketing is nicotine gum. The gum works by mixing nicotine with chewing gum, it’s that simple. Once you start chewing the gum, the nicotine is released into your body and then absorbed through the lining of your mouth. This way, it’s able to get into your bloodstream and replicate a similar sensation to smoking.
The gum will be most effective roughly 20 minutes after eating or drinking. If you have the gum before this time, it won’t be as effective. You should be able to recognise when the gym begins to take effect as it usually lets out a tingly or peppery sensation.
Willpower! – It’s Down to You!
Yes, willpower, and no, not in the sense that people are just expected to stop smoking without any aid. Willpower is required with all the previously listed options, as it’s essentially down to the person smoking to finally break the habit for good.
With the help of the previously talked about remedies, your days of smoking should be behind you. Of course, the road to quitting smoking is not an easy one and it requires dedication and genuine desire to want to better yourself and to achieve a healthier outlook on life.