A whole new industry has been born, providing stop smoking products to those of us who want to quit. These products come in a range of pills, patches, gums, inhalers, sprays, herbal medications, books, CDs etc. You name it and there is probably a version of that product on the market. But do they work?
For some people reading a book on how to stop smoking will be enough for them to quit. In fairness, they could have probably have gone cold turkey without the book but it was probably the extra incentive they needed. For others a book isn’t sufficient but listening to some mind programming CDs may prove effective.
A lot of people have tried the prescription medications to stop smoking. Zyban is very common and despite some unpleasant side effects, seems to work very well for a lot of people who haven’t been able to quit using other measures. St Johns Wort is an herbal remedy that some have found to be very effective in dealing with the cravings associated with giving up smoking.
Nicotine replacement therapy opens up a whole range of stop smoking products. There are nasal sprays, patches or lozenges, gums and inhalers. The sprays and the lozenges work very quickly as they target the areas of your body where the lining is very thin thus releasing the nicotine into your system quicker. The problem with these products is, not only can they themselves become addictive, but they don’t always cure the physiological addiction people have to cigarettes. It is not purely the nicotine which makes people fail when quitting, it actually only takes about two weeks for the nicotine to completely leave your system. It is the fact that we associate smoking with various activities e.g. having a drink, a meal or after sex. If we do not change our behavior we will continue to crave the cigarette long after the nicotine has left us.
One of the newer stop smoking products on the market is the electronic cigarette. This gives smokers something to keep their hands occupied which can be another problem for those trying to give up. This is a great alternative for the habitual smoker.
Acupuncture, hypnotherapy and Yoga are three other methods that could help when you try to quit. While not really anti smoking products, various therapists have sold their services under the quit cigarettes banner.
In fairness to all above, the most efficient stop smoking product is your own brain and will power. If you really do not want to quit, none of the above products are going to help you.
Dr Tobias Lung Cleanse & Detox for Respiratory Support