Urge for smoking is a quite common scenario for both male and female. Several initiatives from Government have shown substantial efforts in regard of public awareness for smoking cessation, which includes various campaigns to display the harmful effects of the smoking. Commonly associated withdrawal syndromes are craving, insomnia, headache and depression, so quit smoking is not an easy task for everybody. Therefore, the primary objective is to fight against the withdrawal syndromes besides encouraging for quit smoking.
There are quite a several approaches to tackle the issue of quit smoking, among them few vitas are addressed below.
Nicotine supplements help in quit smoking and reduce the withdrawal syndrome of smoking. Nicotine is the major ingredients in cigarettes, therefore supplementing nicotine is one of the acceptable methods to target in prior. Various smoking supplements are available in market, such as nicotine chewing gum, nicotine lozenges, nicotine patch, and nicotine spray. These are different formulations which are available for longer period of time to overcome the withdrawal effects of the smoking. Except nicotine spray other products are available which will not require any doctor’s prescription. Nicotine gums and lozenges has 2mg and 4mg of nicotine whereas, nicotine patches ranges from 5mg, 10mg, 15 mg or 7mg,14mg and 21 mg nicotine depending on the brand of the product available in the drug stores. It is always recommended to thoroughly read the instructions written on the package insert before using the product for safe use. All precautionary measures like avoidance of drinking alcohol, cola, orange juice and coffee should be followed in case of using nicotine chewing gums or nicotine lozenges. These alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages reduce the effects of nicotine chewing gums or lozenges.
Non- Nicotinic Medicinal Products
Bupropion and Varenicline are the two generic names of medicinal products that are non-nicotinic in nature and readily available in the market. These medicinal products helps to fight thetrigger factor for nicotine craving and reduce the withdrawal effects of smoking. Using these drugs increases the chancesto quit smoking. The study based evidences reveals that Varenicline is more effective than Bupropion. Both of these medications cannot be obtained without prescription, as they have some cautionary advices due to side effects. The most common side effects are headache, sleep disturbance, digestion problems, nausea and vomiting. It is highly recommended to go bydoctor’s prescriptions to avoid any untoward effect due to the consumption.
Electronic cigarettes commonly known as e-cigarettes provide a similar effect of smoking in the mind of smokers. Although it is a battery powered vaporizer. There are ongoing researches to reveal the facts about the safety of e-cigarettes but the use of e-cigarettes are gaining acceptance and increasing popularity day by day in young generation. The motive behind the invention of e-cigarettes is an attempt to get rid-off smoking and provide a smoke free and environment friendly alternatives to the smokers but still question of safety is a major concern. Different reviews from the users and information gathered from different manufacturing units point to reveal that use of e-cigarettes is a very suitable option to reduce the effects of withdrawal symptoms and a progressive step towards quit smoking.
Clinical research conducted in Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand demonstrates the effectiveness of fresh lime juice to help in quit smoking. It helps to reduce the urge of nicotine. To alter the habit of smoking it is appreciable to start drinking water whenever craving of smoking triggers oneself. Water helps to diminish the urge and also detoxify the body. Other than these ginger, radish juice, lobelia helps to reduce the withdrawal effects of smoking. Grapes juice is recommended to flush the excess nicotine stored in the body.
In recent days, natural therapies and alternative medicinal therapies are gaining popularity due to their less or negligible side effects. Acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation and massages top the list to represent the natural therapies which are highly recommended to assist in quit smoking. These evidence based therapies helps to improve lung functioning. Other than these, clinical study explains five minutes of moderate effective exercises helps to reduce the smoking urge and the intensity of the withdrawal effect.
Social engagement can help to elevate the mental state and decrease the chance of depression and anxiety which can automatically reduce the urge of smoking. Social interactions enhance the awareness about the associated health risks. In addition, it also helps to get the knowledge about government restriction about smoking. Sometimes public bitterness about smoking helps to motivate oneself to quit the smoking.
Self Determination Or motivation
If one-self is determined to quit smoking then therapies are not required to force one to quit smoking. Only 3-4% people can quit smoking by themselves. Self determination or motivation is the first and foremost important step to quit smoking. This can be achieved through effective planning and not by abrupt and sudden decision. Firstly, one need to fix a particular date to quit smoking, inform all your peer groups and family members about your decision, accept the associated withdrawal symptoms as a challenge, clear away all the cigarettes from your storing place, and if require take an advice from general physician.
Smoking is not a disease, but it is an addiction which creates different life-threatening diseases. It is always appreciable that to quit the cause of the disease rather than treating the disease.