Quitting smoking is extraordinarily hard to do. Luckily there are several options available to help you out. This article will discuss the pros and cons of many of these options.
If you’ve ever grumbled about how hard it is to quit smoking, chances are that someone has told you how they just threw their pack away and never smoked again. For some people this is a plausible option. For most of us it’s not.
Pros: Requires nothing but willpower. Definitely the cheapest method of quitting.
Cons: Requires more willpower than most people have. Probably the hardest and most stressful option.
These are transdermal patches that release a small, steady dose of nicotine into your system.
Pros: Helps curb the body’s craving for nicotine. One patch lasts a full 24 hours.
Cons: Can be expensive. Causes rashes and skin irritation for some people.
A special chewing gum which contains nicotine.
Pros: You have to actively chew it, which may help with the psychological addiction. Helps curb nicotine cravings.
Cons: Has to be chewed a certain way to work properly. Have to chew a lot of it to get full effect. Some don’t like the taste.
A small plastic inhaler which contains nicotine cartridges. You suck on it like a cigarette.
Pros: Of all methods, this one is most like smoking. Helps curb physical and mental cravings for cigarettes.
Cons: Expensive. Requires prescription. May irritate your throat. Has a taste that some find unpleasant.
A nasal spray containing nicotine.
Pros: Works quickly, as nicotine is absorbed through mucus membranes in the nose.
Cons: Requires prescription. Must be used several times per day. Possible side effects include sinus infection and diarrhea.
A prescription medication that has been shown to be effective at reducing the urge to smoke.
Pros: High rate of success. People who quit by using Chantix may be less likely to relapse.
Cons. Very expensive. Can cause depression and suicidal tendencies. Has also been known to cause nausea and bad dreams.
Other Types of Tobacco
When trying to quit smoking, some people switch from cigarettes to other forms of tobacco, such as cigars or chewing tobacco. These methods can be effective, but as alternatives they are just as dangerous as smoking, and are therefore not recommended.
Source(s): aafp.org, wikipedia.org