Have you thought about all the damaged involved in smoking cigarettes? I bet you have. Nowadays almost everybody is aware of all the danger contained in tobacco cigarettes. The lung damage is tough to erase and heal. If you have been a smoker for a long time, there is little chance you don’t know how unhealthy this is for you.
So, if most people know about this, why is it so hard to quit?
This is the core of addiction. Addictions are so powerful because they offer an immediate answer to a need. Regardless of the consequences, the moment of pleasure is present all the time.
The problem lies in gratification. Our brain tends to choose immediate gratification over long-term gratification, mainly, if the improvement is going to be obtained little by little. Let’s say that you will receive a hundred dollars today if you quit smoking immediately. You would do it. But, if I offer a hundred dollars in a month if you quit smoking today, you probably wouldn’t. This is what happens when you quit smoking. Real benefits and gratification are going to appear in a while, not overnight.
What is the alternative?
There are various alternatives to quit smoking cold turkey. Here are some of the most common:
These electronic cigarettes offer a good alternative for those who want to continue with a habit without the harmful effects of smoke. With regular cigarettes there is combustion. Tobacco leaves are burned inside the cigarette, and their smoke is inhaled and occupies the lungs of the smoker. In there the lungs absorb all the nicotine. Nicotine goes to the blood and produces chemical reactions in the smoker’s body.
The main problem lies in the toxic residue that is left in the lungs once the smoke in out of the system. This toxic tar accumulates in the lungs. They fill the lungs and start to deteriorate them. With enough time the smoker happens to have less flexibility, space, and oxygen in their lungs.
With vapers, the story is entirely different. An electronic device heats a liquid and produces vapor. The “smoker” inhales this vapor and obtains nicotine (this is optional) but without the toxic tar. This can be a better alternative if you want to continue inhaling a nicotine product. Electronic devices are replacing the traditional ones. Besides electronic cigarettes, there are also electronic lighters. The atomic lighter is capable of producing an arc of plasma and igniting flammable surfaces just like fire does. The main advantage here comes when fighting strong winds and rain. While traditional lighters extinguish facing these elements, plasma lighters win the battle.
- Nicotine patches
This is also a popular way of quitting smoking. Nicotine patches make your body feel the shot of nicotine but without the toxic smoke that traditional cigarettes have. They are very popular, and they offer relief. The only problem is that they don’t mimic cigarettes. The impulse to grab a cig and put it in your mouth may be very strong.
- Sugar-free candy
Some people have decided to quit smoking through candy. Every time they felt the urge to have a smoke they ate a candy. To prevent other types of diseases, the best options are sugar-free ones. These candies are available in many different shops, supermarkets, and convenience stores. They are a very common snack. This way your mouth is also busy and the urge to grab a cigarette can be reduced. There are even nicotine candies that can help alleviate the symptoms of sudden withdrawal after many years of addiction.
Remember these are just common sense pieces of advice. They should not be considered as expert advice or medical suggestions. If you think your smoking addiction has gone too far and you are looking for professional help, check with your family doctor. They may not be specialized in addiction, but they will surely have good first advice to offer.
Many people think quitting smoking is an easy task and only a matter of willpower. But, addictions are diseases that have to be treated in a social way. The context in which a person develops has a lot to do with his or her recovery.