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Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

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Smoking / Tobacco cessation or quit smoking / Tobacco can be difficult due to smoker is physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Both tobacco addiction and nicotine addiction are hard to break. There may be some immediate withdrawal symptoms that are difficult to overcome, such as agitation, anger, restlessness, anxiety, difficulty in concentrating, insomnia, Increased hunger, Craving for smoking / Tobacco, even weight gain and depression. However, withdrawal symptoms are temporary and permanently quitting smoking or tobacco has serious health benefits. Your confidence and ability to cope with cravings would become stronger.

There are many methods and therapies available to quit smoking / Tobacco. Such as Nicotine Patch, Nicotine gum, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Many smokers try to quit without assistance, though only 2 – 3% of quit attempts without assistance are successful. Nicotine Patch and nicotine gum are the widely used therapies in quit smoking/ Tobacco cessation programs. Through this methods patient can be gradually taken away from the nicotine dependence.

How to prepare to quit smoking / Tobacco:

Set a quit date:

Choose a date when you want to quit smoking / Tobacco, approx. not more than 2 weeks. Choose a special days like Birthday, any family member birthday, new year day, independence day etc. this will give you a drive to quit smoking/ Tobacco. Avoid smoking/ Tobacco during working hours OR avoid smoking/ Tobacco during weekends.

Tell your family, friends and co-workers:

Tell your close ones that you are planning to quit smoking / Tobacco so that they will remind you time and whenever you will get a urge to smoke. Tell everyone to understand your mood change and it will not last for long. If anyone close to you smoke, ask them to quit along with you OR at least not to smoke along with you. If you are into medicines, then speak to your doctor/ pharmacist because Nicotine changes how some drug works.

Plan for challenges:

Smokers who will go under 3 months of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) will get the temptation to smoke within one month of NRT process especially when they stressed or feeling down. You will also feel the withdrawal symptoms which will cause you discomfort of quitting smoking / Tobacco, this is your body’s way of telling you to live a smoke free life. This feeling will go away in time.

Throw Cigarette and Tobacco products:

Getting rid of Cigarette and Tobacco products, matches, ashtray and lighter from your car, home and work place will help you of getting rid of smoking / Tobacco. Make things clean and fresh at home, work and car, buy yourself fragrances and keep it at home/ car. Visit your dentist to clean smoking/ Tobacco stain from your teeth.

Seeks Doctors help:

Doctors will give you advise and will solve all your questions. They can suggest some medicine which will help you in the withdrawal symptoms. You can also buy these medicines on your own.

Opt for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is the measured dose of harmless nicotine provided through the skin. NRT are available in many forms such as Patch, Gum, lozenges, Oral Spray and Oral Strip. NRT is the only way to avoid the urge of smoking/ Tobacco, Patch is highly recommended by doctors.Remember Smoking/ Tobacco causes cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks, and stroke. Secondhand smoke causes asthma and breathing problems.

Preparing to Quit Smoking