How Nicotine Replacements Help in Quitting Smoking

Nicotine replacements can aid individuals to quit smoking, by alleviating withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, increased appetite, and fatigue, making them particularly suitable for heavy smokers, stated Michaela Goecke, an expert at the Federal Centre for Health Education in Germany.

Goecke explained that nicotine replacements come in various forms, including patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, and nasal or oral sprays.

Unlike cigarettes, these products deliver nicotine to the body through the skin or mucous membranes without the harmful substances found in cigarettes, which number around 4,000.

Strong Willpower

Goecke emphasised that nicotine replacements address only the physical dependence on nicotine. Therefore, they serve as an aid and an essential step toward quitting smoking.

A person who wants to quit smoking must have a strong will to break this habit and set a clear strategy to achieve this goal, along with the perseverance to follow through.

To this end, individuals should identify situations where they typically reach for a cigarette and replace them with healthier alternatives. For example, if someone smokes to cope with stress, they could practice relaxation exercises instead.

If smoking is a routine after meals, taking a walk around the building post-meal could be a healthier substitute.

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