Methods to quit smoking

According to recent data, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Belgium. Each year, it directly causes the death of around 18,000 people. These figures prove the dangerousness of cigarettes and the need for smokers to give up their consumption. Today there are different solutions that allow those who wish to quit smoking without too much difficulty.

Choose soft laser weaning

To stop their addiction to tobacco, many smokers turn to laser therapy or laser therapy. It is a technique inspired by the principles of ear acupuncture. The laser method acts on certain pressure points in the pinna of the ear by means of a laser beam of calibrated power.

Under its action, the synapses at the origin of your addiction are inhibited and disconnected from the central nervous system. In response, the brain secretes certain types of hormones like dopamine and endorphin. These have the property of reducing the craving for nicotine (the substance responsible for addiction).

The laser is particularly effective when you want to quit smoking, because addiction to cigarettes is a physical dependence. By disconnecting the points linked to it, the method makes it possible to free oneself from the physical lack of nicotine without feeling the side effects. In fact, mild laser withdrawal allows the smoker to return to a healthy life without having to experience frustration, stress or other effects. It is a non-invasive treatment that does not generate pain during application.

However, the use of the laser is not a miracle method. Your motivation will be a determining factor in successful weaning at all levels. The laser allows you to deactivate your physical dependence. It is up to you to fight against your cravings so as not to relapse.

Try nicotine substitutes

To quit smoking, many people use one or more nicotine substitutes. Available in several formats, they facilitate successful weaning by alleviating withdrawal symptoms. The principle of these methods is simple: provide the body with a sufficient dose of nicotine without having to inhale tobacco smoke. This represents the main danger of tobacco consumption, because it carries carcinogenic substances. The substitute allows the addict to satisfy his body’s nicotine needs without touching the cigarette. The daily dose is reduced gradually to achieve a total stop gently.

Among the best known substitutes, we can cite:

  • the patches,
  • pellets,
  • chewing gums,
  • the inhalers.

The patch and the pellet

The patch is a transdermal substitute which relies on a progressive release of the dose of nicotine proportional to the degree of dependence of the user. Diffusion takes place throughout the day and the starting dose decreases during treatment.

The nicotine lozenge is an orodispersible treatment method. The consumer introduces it in the mouth and lets it melt within 20 to 30 minutes. As the tablet disintegrates, it gradually releases the nicotine. This is then absorbed by the oral mucosa and enters the bloodstream to calm the urge to smoke. The lozenge overcomes physical or behavioral addiction.

Chewing gums and inhalers

Chewing gums are solutions recommended for smokers with low or medium addiction. Can be combined with another method such as the patch, they act more quickly. The interest of chewing gums is that they offer rapid diffusion nicotine in the mouth of the person who consumes it. Under the effect of chewing, the substance they contain is released immediately to relieve the urge to smoke.

As for the nicotine inhaler, it is a device that allows nicotine to be absorbed orally. It relies on a gradual diffusion of the substance in the blood. Its shape and method of use allow you to mimic the act of smoking, while inhaling a small amount of nicotine to calm the body.

Proceed by gradually reducing the number of cigarettes

Quitting smoking is a process that can be accelerated through the use of different products, such as those mentioned above. Nevertheless, it is necessary to allow time to achieve a definitive weaning. You will benefit from not putting pressure on yourself. The time factor is decisive in the success of your weaning.

Your body is used to nicotine. He learned to depend on it. A sudden stop will lead to unbearable reactions such as frustration, stress, irritation, cravings that you can hardly resist. These effects lead to a relapse as fast as withdrawal.

To avoid this situation, you can set a schedule that allows you to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke per day. Set short-term goals and be sure to celebrate your wins. This gentle method allows you to limit the withdrawal symptoms associated with the absence of nicotine as much as possible. You enjoy withdrawal with less risk of immediate relapse.

In your program, include activities that you enjoy to keep you busy. You can (re)start practicing a regular physical activity. It allows you to divert your thoughts from the cigarette, think about other things, boost concentration and speed up the elimination of toxins. By ignoring the act of smoking as much as possible, you maximize your chances of achieving a permanent cessation, without suffering.

Consult a healthcare professional

Nicotine addiction isn’t just physical. It integrates the psychological dimension that you need to work on to achieve total liberation. Quitting smoking takes a lot of effort. You should get help from knowledgeable people. Get help from a healthcare professional increases your chances of success.

Your entourage, your associations, your thoughts can increase the risk of a relapse shortly after stopping. The behavior of each other plays on your motivation. A tobacco specialist, a psychiatrist or a general practitioner can help you build or reinforce the decision to quit. He has the necessary skills to offer you support adapted to your situation.

He can potentially guide you towards the therapeutic solution that is right for you. Thanks to his wise advice, he will be able to help you maintain or strengthen your motivation, get rid of your fears and gradually get out of your addiction.

There are many ways to quit smoking. It is up to you to choose the one that suits your level of addiction and your lifestyle.

* At press health we strive to transmit medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace medical advice.

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