We already know how harmful cigarette smoking is. So bad, that every doctor and medical associations in the world would say avoid it and not even one will dare mention benefits of it, if any. Cigarette smoking does not hit the lungs, alone. It harms almost every organ in the body, causes nothing but diseases, and reduces overall health in general.
As the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year. It also causes more deaths every year than firearm-related incidents, motor vehicle injuries, HIV, drug abuse, and alcohol use, combined. Quitting smoking, on the other hand, lowers risk for any of these smoking-related diseases. In fact, in just about 24 hours after one quits, the lungs start to clear out and improve.
With all these facts, one would probably wonder why smokers still light up. One can’t help but ask, what’s making it so difficult to quit? The answer, according to experts, lies in the method taken.
There are several methods and route to take when quitting. Currently, there are known conventional methods, and there are non-conventional ones known as cigarette alternatives. The truth is, there isn’t just one formula to cure the addiction and more often than not, a method that worked for one wouldn’t necessarily work for another.
Take a look at the following conventional methods that are said have been scientifically proven to work:
- Cold turkey – simply deciding to quit without any outside assistance.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy – involves nicotine patches, lozenges, gum, inhalers, and sprays working by giving nicotine without having to use tobacco.
- Prescription drugs – the likes of Bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) help with the cravings and symptoms from withdrawals. They work by targeting the nicotine receptors in the brain.
- Behavioral therapy – also known as Cognitive behavioral therapy which aims to identify and attempt to change maladaptive thinking patterns and behaviors associated to smoking cessation.
Cigarette alternatives / Non- conventional methods
The most popular cigarette alternatives today are e-cigarettes and vapes. Although some uses them synonymously, there are still a few notable differences between the two.
E-cigarettes, also known as “e-cigs” are starting to become one of the most sought after alternatives to smoking tobacco cigarettes. These are battery-operated devices that are designed to resemble traditional tobacco cigarettes, cigars, or pens. They consist of a rechargeable battery, a cartridge called “cartomizer,” and an LED that lights up at the end when you puff the device. While the product awaits categorical endorsement from health agencies, it is already seen as a viable method of getting rid of tobacco dependency. There is currently enough documented evidence of it having worked on people who are trying to quit which is probably why there is now an increasing number of smokers who are trying it out.
Vaping is defined by users as the act of inhaling water vapor through a customized vaporizer. Vaporizers or mods, resemble a large fountain pen and can even have a large battery on one end looking like old-school pagers. It also has a clear reservoir tank in the middle and a mouthpiece. Through pressing a small button, the user engages the heating element, which vaporizes the e-juice and releases an inhalable flavored vapor. Makers and users alike hate to call it “smoking” for according to them, instead of inhaling smoke; the user only inhales “vapor” or heated water. This vapor is believed to be safer because it provides nicotine without the harmful smoke from tobacco and without the carcinogens that usually come with it.
Ultimately, both e-cigs and vapes resemble the experience of smoking tobacco without the harmful effects. You can also gradually adjust the nicotine content starting from high doses down to lower ones until you find yourself looking for nicotine no more. If you wish to give them a try, you can easily find stores online that even offers to deliver them for free. Otherwise, continue reading on them to learn more about their pros and cons.