There are many quitting options available for smokers who really want to quit. We will go over a few of these methods and then cover each one more in depth in later blog posts.
You can decide to quit gradually with products that aid in helping ween you off nicotine slowly or go the “cold turkey” route, which means that you just stop smoking abruptly.
Gradual Quitting Systems
- Nicotine Gum – This is a gum that you chew that contains nicotine. You start with a high concentration nicotine and then each week move down to lower concentrations as you gradually reduce the amount of nicotine needed to satisfy cravings. Once you get to the lowest concentration gum available, the next step is to just go to a gum with no nicotine. This system has proven effective as you slowly reduce cravings.
- Nicotine Transdermal Patches – This is a patch that contains nicotine that you stick to the upper part of your arm. It feeds nicotine into your bloodstream through the skin. It works the same way as the gum mentioned above, you gradually move down to patches with lower nicotine levels until the cravings have been reduced greatly.
Cold Turkey Systems
- Body Detox Systems – These systems use a combination of specially designed diet and supplements to flush nicotine out of your system. They are pretty rigorous and you will experience a bit of withdrawal at first, but after a few days, the cravings drop dramatically. Synergydetox.com is one site that provides these type of detox systems, and there are many others available as well.
- Prescription Medication – New prescription medications like Chantix are being introduced to the market. These have real statistics that show how much their success rate and some are quite good. However many of them do come with side effects, so you should consult your doctor before taking any of these.
An important note, any of these systems will not be effective unless you really want to put a strong effort into quitting smoking.