Smoking Cessation; How To Quit Smoking Without Much Side Effects

What Is Smoking?
Smoking is the act of taking substances (usually tobacco) into the body, causing a psychological effect.

However, tobacco is not the only substance which can be smoked. Smokers also smoke the following drugs;

  1. Cannabis.
  2. Opium.
  3. Datura.
  4. Salvia divinorum.
  5. Cocaine.
  6. Methamphetamine.
  7. Black tar heroine.
  8. Phencyclidine, etc.
Why Do People Smoke Drugs?

It is such a surprise that despite all the advertised side effects and disadvantages of smoking, many people still take part in this addictive activity. The question is; Why do people smoke?

Smoking is unarguably very harmful to human body as it causes a variety of health issues such as cancer. But despite all the advocacy and visible effects of smoking, why do people smoke?

People smoke for a various reasons, popular reasons for smoking include;

  • To Fit In: This is what I describe as the stupidest reason for smoking. People want to keep up to their mates out there and they find out their mates do smoke, so, they smoke.
  • To Escape From A Problem: Thousands of people actually smoke because they are trying to stop thinking about a particular topic or forget about something. But no, smoking won't make you forget; it would just steal your memory when you are under its influence and return your problems later, coupled with the fact that you're now a smoker.
  • Relieves Stress: Smokers believe smoking will help them relieve stress. This is untrue because smoking will just cool you down (sedative) and it interferes quickly with your brain, increasing chances of brain disorder.
  • Weight Loss: People also resolve to smoking because it will help them lose weight. This is partially true because when you smoke, signals are sent to the brain that the body is full. This will make you eat less but is totally unhealthy because it can cause brain damage as a result of interference with the activities of the brain.
  • Because Their Parents Do It: Many teenagers are misled by their careless parents who smoke and they copy it from them. This accounts for most of the reasons why the youngest smokers smoke.
These accounts for most of the reasons why people started smoking.

What comes to mind after knowing the reasons why people smoke is the question; Why Can't They Stop Smoking?

It is very difficult to stop smoking once you've started. Why is this?

Cigarettes contain substances which are addictive. Notable among this substances is Nicotine.

What Is Nicotine?
Nicotine is a colourless substance which is gotten from tobacco plant. Nicotine quickly becomes addictive and is an important ingredient of the cigarette.
Nicotine is so addictive that it is as difficult to give up as heroine.
Why Should You Stop Smoking Nicotine?
Nicotine causes the following problems;

  • Dizziness.
  • Irregular and disturbed sleep.
  • Bad dreams or nightmares.
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn.
  • Ulcer.
  • Diarrhoea, etc.
Unfortunately, nicotine is a highly addictive drug which you can't just stop using. If you suddenly stop using nicotine, you must face the withdrawal symptoms which includes (but is not limited to);

1. Emptiness.
2. Craving.
3. Anxiety.
4. Difficulty in concentration.
5. Depression, etc.

Because of these fearful symptoms, most smokers return to smoking in less than hours or days after they quit. However, nicotine is not the only substance that is smoked in a cigarette. Other substances include;
  • Tar is a sticky brown substance which causes cancer.
  • Carbon monoxide.
  • Arsenic.
  • Ammonia.
  • Acetone.
  • Toluene.
  • Methylamine, etc.

Back to the track. It is said that cigarette is very difficult to quit once it is started. The next question to be answered is, Is It Possible To Stop Smoking Once You Started?

The correct answer is yes! There area lot of success stories of people who successfully quit smoking and are living happily since. Now, the next big question now is;

How Do I Stop Smoking Once I've Started?

Smoking Cessation is possible but very difficult. It usually comes loaded with packs of side effects, but who knows, you might be lucky and escape all. Before we go into the processes of teaching ourselves how to stop smoking, we need to learn about the effects of smoking cessation.

What may happen to me if I quit smoking?

There are some lot of problems associated with quitting smoking, but bear it in mind that it will never be as servere as the dangers of smoking itself and these will disappear soon, but with continous smoking, it will never disappear.
Here are examples of such issues;

  • Nicotine Cravings: This is a situation where the body yearns for the most addictive drug in tobacco, nicotine. This is usually not fun as most peolpe who try to quit smoking turn back at this point. Remember this will not last forever but during the time it will last, it wil be challenging.
How Do You Control Nicotine Cravings?

Nicotine cravings will be uncomfortable but you have to wait it out. It usually lasts for less than fifteen minutes but believe me, it will not be fun. Here are a few tips to help you while you have the cravings.
  1. Take long brisk walks.
  2. Chew some gum, this helps to keep your mouth busy!
  3. Slow deep breaths will help, breathe away the cravings.
  4. Do something else. Once you've got the cravings, stop whatever you are doing and start doing something else. This helps.

Another issue which may pop up when you decide to stop smoking is;

  • Mood Swings: The dysregulation of the endocrines (hormonal) and central nervous systems does not only cause extreme changes in mood, it also triggers increased physiological rate which includes increased blood pressure, increased heart beat rate, difficulties in concentration and sometimes memory loss. However, this is a temporary issue.
  • Serious Cough.
  • Constipation.
  • Weight gain due to snacking.
  • Irregular and disturbed sleep.

Those are the major challenges you might face when trying to stop smoking suddenly. Now, it is time to share a few tips on how to stop smoking without experiencing or rather experiencing much of the aforementioned effects.

How To Quit Smoking Without Much Side Effects.

Here are a few tips that will help you stop without many effects.

  • Use NRT
What is NRT? NRT simply means nicotine replacement therapy. It is where a person stops using tobacco and uses substances which contains smaller amounts of nicotine instead. Examples of such substances includes;
1. Chewing gum.
2. Inhalators.
3. Tablets.
4. Lozenges.
5. Nose Spray.

Note that no NRT has been effective for all smokers, it is recommended to combine them and find which one works for you.

  •  Use Medication
There are a few drugs out there which mayhelp reduce cravings and help in quitting. These include;
Varenicline (chantix)
Bupropion (zyban)
These drugs help in reducing the pleasure gotten from nicotine and helps reducing cravings.

  • Counselling
This is also a great way of quitting smoking. Get someone you can confide in.and be truthful to him or her. But make sure he or she is not a fag addict also.
  •   Follow all steps listed above in How To Control Nicotine Cravings like taking deep breaths, taking long brisk walks, etc.
  • And finally, the best and fastest way to quit smoking is not to start at all. Know about the dangers beforehand and do not venture into it, it is not a profitable trade!
Here I rest my pen. Thanks for reading and come back tomorrow, another post is waiting for you.

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