Nicotine Replacement Helps Smokers Kick the Habit
> 7/8/2008 3:44:00 PM


Nicotine replacement therapy is a strategy developed to help smokers quit the harmful habit. Numerous smoking cessation products exist, and they can come in many forms including patches, gums, inhalers, or nasal sprays. These products deliver a dose of nicotine to the user without any need to light a cigarette. Nicotine replacement products release low-level doses of nicotine into the body at a gradual rate. This process is meant to stem withdrawal symptoms as well as hold back urges to smoke, which can be caused by the body’s desire for nicotine. Extensive research has revealed near-identical statistics of success no matter the delivery system, and smokers are twice as likely to quit successfully when using some form of cessation product.

Unfortunately, chewing a gum or wearing a patch isn't always good enough by itself. Tobacco creates a very deep addiction among many users and the process of quitting may require some form of support from fellow ex-smokers or, in other cases, a personal therapist. A typical smoker will only succeed in abandoning his habit after several unsuccessful attempts. Among the many strategies and potential cessation aides, the most important thing that a smoker can have if they are to quit is the sincere desire and devotion to never pick up another cigarette.

Replacement therapy is not the only smoking cessation tool, and the process may be facilitated by products with no trace of nicotine. Numerous pharmaceuticals may be prescribed to assist in the quitting process. Chantrix is a drug that was developed as a smoking cessation aide, but it has come under some criticism recently. Bupropion, an antidepressant marketed as Zyban or Welbutrin, has been found effective in clinical trials in helping smokers quit, and other common antidepressants may also be prescribed. All of these options should be discussed thoroughly with your physician.

Quitting smoking can be very difficult, which is why the will to quit is so important. Nicotine replacement therapy, either alone, or combined with other types of therapy or medication, can be a powerful ally in the battle for a healthier future.

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