Stop Smoking Gradually with Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Stop smoking with nicotine replacement therapySmokers who do not want to quit right now, but who are willing to try to cut down their smoking, are twice as likely to stop smoking permanently if they use nicotine replacement therapy, according to a new study by British researchers from the University of Birmingham.
In a related article, the UK researchers note that one option for patients who have previously used nicotine replacement but still failed to stop is to use the patch plus another form of nicotine replacement, such as gum or lozenge. The patch provides continuous nicotine replacement and the gum or lozenge helps with “breakthrough” urges. Previous research has found that the patch plus an immediate form of nicotine replacement increases the chances of permanent smoking cessation.

Nicotine Replacement Products carry no cancer risk.  Nicotine itself is a stimulant and not a carcinogen. Cigarettes contain over 60 carcinogens, but nicotine is not one of them.  Many people attempting to quit smoking are unaware of these facts about nicotine.

Another common misconception is that so-called “light? cigarettes are better for them. People smoke to get the drug nicotine, but a smoker actually inhales 4,000 other chemicals, in addition to the nicotine.  Toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia, and carbon monoxide are inhaled with every puff.

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Source: “Managing Smoking Cessation” BMJ  2007;335:37-41 (7 July), doi:10.1136/bmj.39252.591806.47

Source: “Smoking” from the American Cancer Society

Source: Virginia Reichert, N.P., director of the Center for Tobacco Control at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.

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