Complications of Smoking
How to Quit Smoking
Personal story about quitting cold turkey.
Medications that can help you quit
The nicotine patch delivers a steady stream of nicotine into your bloodstream through your skin. It can be used daily for 6 to 12 weeks. If you are using the patch, apply the patch to a different place on your skin each day to reduce irritation. The nicotine patch is available without a prescription. Most grocery stores sell them.
Nicotine Nasal Spray
Nicotine nasal spray delivers nicotine into the bloodstream through the lining of your nose. It is available only with a doctor's prescription. Nicotine nasal spray should be used as part of a comprehensive behavioral modification program
The nicotine inhaler looks like a short cigarette with a plastic mouthpiece. It allows you to get the nicotine your body needs to control your craving, but in a less concentrated, and less and less addictive dose. The nicotine inhaler should be used as part of a comprehensive behavioral modification program.
Nicotine gum is a gum that delivers nicotine into your bloodstream through the lining of your mouth. The goal is to use just enough nicotine to maintain your nicotine level and hold back withdrawal symptoms. It can be used daily. The instructions on the package will tell you how long you should use it. Nicotine gum should be used as part of a comprehensive behavioral modification program.
What to Expect when You Stop Smoking
Immediately after you quit smoking, you will feel more hungry, tired and irritable than usual. You will also experience a temporary increase in coughing, strong cravings for a cigarette and difficulty concentrating and maintaining focus.
Benefits of Quitting
Your health starts improving immediately after you stop smoking.
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