4 Different Quit Smoking Products
Quitting smoking can be a daunting and often overwhelming idea. You are not alone in this. If you want to quit smoking, there are many quit-smoking aids you can buy over the counter and many networks to support you in this journey. Some of the most effective alternatives to smoking come from nicotine replacement therapy - where the goal is to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine you use over time until you are not really needing nicotine anymore. We highlight 4 different nicotine replacement products:
Nicotine Gum. Nicotine gum is available in both mint and original flavours. It is one of the most common alternatives to smoking but doesn’t work like normal chewing gum. To use it, you bite on the gum until you start feeling nicotine effects, then place the gum between your gums and cheek. Leave the gum there until the effects wear off (on average, one piece of gum is effective for around 30 minutes).
Nicotine Patches. Nicotine patches look like a plaster from a distance but are placed on the skin and give the nicotine effects transdermally. Each brand will have different instructions on where to place the patch, so always make sure to read them before applying. One of the benefits of patches is that they provide a consistent release of nicotine throughout the day to reduce cravings.
Nicotine Pouches. A portable, tobacco-free nicotine experience. Nicotine pouches are all white, made with a combination of nicotine (either synthetic or extracted from tobacco), filler and flavourings. They come in a variety of different strengths and flavours, so there are lots to pick from. Each portion can be placed between the gum and upper lip and parked for anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes until the nicotine effects start wearing off.
Nicotine Spray. One of the fastest-acting quit smoking aids, it can relieve cravings in under a minute. Simply spray into your mouth when you feel the urge to smoke for some relief.
Find a Smoking Advisor or Support Group. This is one of the ways to quit smoking without aids. Having a network and connecting with someone or a group that can support you in your journey can help you stick with the commitment. You can find internet forums on platforms like Reddit and Facebook, or you can connect with your local health clinic and they can provide you with one-to-one or group support.