Every year millions of people all around the world are dying due to lung cancer. Even though companies, government, and organizations keep on reminding the public about its health hazards, many people are still smoking.
How to quit smoking?
Smoking is a bad habit that is hard to stop. This is due to the nicotine content of cigarettes that give a temporary high or addictive feeling. Thus, smoking is a way for most people to cope with anxiety, boredom, depression, and stress. For some people, it also became a habit for them to smoke while drinking coffee or taking a break from work or school. Therefore, smoking is an addiction that is hard to quit.
If you search the internet, there are suggestions on how you can quit smoking:
- Cold turkey
It means that the person is trying to resolve his/her issue without any outside help. However, there is only 4 to 7% success rate for this method.
- Behavioral therapy
In a session with a therapist, both of you will analyze the triggers for your smoking habit. Once everything is clear, you will have to devise a plan to overcome your cravings.
There are prescription medicines that can help fight nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Some examples are Bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix).
- Nicotine replacement
You can get tobacco using alternative methods like gums, inhalers, lozenges, patches, and sprays. For best results, it is recommended to combine it with behavioral therapy.
- Electronic cigarette
This is a device invented that aims for smokers to quit. It works by using a liquid solution containing nicotine and other chemical compounds. The smoke is a water vapor that results from heating the liquid using a vaporizer or heating device.
Can electronic cigarette help smokers quit?
It is believed to help smokers in quitting smoking traditional cigarette. However, it still needs more research studies to prove its claim and a study regarding its adverse effects should also be conducted. Moreover, some people think that it will have ‘dual use’ and may encourage people to smoke more.
Though using electronic cigarette still has lots of issues, many people believe in its positive effects. To encourage people to try it, shops are giving coupon codes containing discounts and freebies. Using this strategy, manufacturers and shops will gain more customers.