You’ve tried over and over again to stop smoking. Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself simply unable to reach for the pack of cigarettes. You know the warnings. You know the risks. Yet, for some reason, every one of these things hasn’t worked for you. Well, why not? Let’s explore the flaws.
#1 – Going Cold Turkey
It does not address the chemical and psychological dependency you have on cigarettes. Hands down, this method is rarely successful because it is just too hard to break the ties of this habit no matter how much you want to do so.
#2 – Substitute Nicotine With Caffeine
This is one of the more uncommon methods for quitting but proponents argue that drinking 2-3 cups of coffee or energy drinks per day will quell the body’s chemical addiction to nicotine. However, this method simply replaces one addiction with another and, like many other methods on this list, does nothing to combat psychological cravings for a cigarette.
#3 – Nicotine Patches
NRT patches deliver a low dose of nicotine throughout the day, suppressing the effects of withdrawal from smoking. However, they don’t address cigarette cravings. When a craving for a cigarette hits, and it will happen, the smoker has no defense.
#4 – Nicotine Gums
Most people find that nicotine gums just are not effective. Though some rarely say they work, most people do not like the taste or they do not get the same level of nicotine “high” as they would with smoking. Some people still smoke while using the gums, too, which the FDA recently condoned, arguably to combat declining sales.
#5 – Acupuncture
Though people often claim it reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, there are a couple reasons why acupuncture does not work for those who are trying to quit smoking. Acupuncture is meant to stimulate blood flow, which does not improve your cravings. It also does not address the desire need to smoke.
#6 – Prescription Medications
Some people reach out for prescriptions as an ideal way to stop the habit. It could work for you. However, the biggest risk here is a combination of the cost of the prescription and the simple fact that there are side effects. A cigarette often just seems like the easier choice.
#7 – Exercise
Exercising is an excellent way to get in shape and it can help you to stop eating poorly. However, you have to do it – and that is the biggest reason it fails. People are living more sedentary lives than ever and the thought of exercising enough to stop cravings is nearly impossible.
#8 – Eating Healthy
The problems here range from simply being unable to stick to a diet plan to not getting the cravings under control fast enough. Eating healthy as a way to stop smoking takes time and most people cave in before it works.
If you’ve tried some or all of these methods and are out of ideas, a 12 step program might be right for you. These types of programs have helped people fight all kinds of addictions, from alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling and also nicotine. Alternatively, you might want to try an electronic cigarette. While the FDA hasn’t approved these as an effective method for quitting, they have a much higher success rate than traditional nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigs are simply a healthier alternative to smoking as they don’t contain nearly as many toxins as cigarettes. People have used them to quit by gradually cutting down the nicotine content in their cartridges or “juice”.
What are your experiences with these smoking cessation methods? Have you successfully tried any of them? Let us know in the comments section.
About the Guest Author – John Madden is a health and fitness advocate for Ecigarette Reviewed. After smoking for 10 years, he recently quit by switching to electronic cigarettes and credits doing so to an overall improved health and athletic endurance. Follow him on Twitter @theoysta.
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