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Want to quit smoking? We’ve got you covered!-Dr. Spurgeon

Bangalore Baptist Hospital

Bangalore Baptist Hospital

  Hebbal, Bengaluru     Aug 10, 2018

   1 min     


Self-motivation is key! You’re want to stop is already the start. So, let’s break it down: The main reason people develop and need or craving for cigarettes is because of the nicotine present in it. This nicotine is what gets one addicted and makes them chain smokers.

So, how does one overcome nicotine addiction?

One of the most effective methods, Nicotine Replacement Therapy helps overcome this addiction on a day to day basis by providing you with a dosage of nicotine sans the poisonous chemicals and tar present in the cigarettes. This helps by

  • Reducing withdrawal symptoms
  • Reducing cravings
  • Reducing/stopping cigarette smoking

NRT is available as gums, patches, sprays, etc. which release nicotine and help you gradually overcome the urge.

Using NRT

It’s pretty simple, every time you feel the urge to smoke chew the gum. Once you start chewing, continue until you feel a tingling sensation in your mouth. When you feel this, stop chewing and park the gum between your teeth and cheek. Repeat this for about 30 minutes till the sensation begins to fade.

The nicotine is absorbed from the mouth and slowly releases into the body. 2mg and 4mg are the two types of gums available based on their strength.

  • If you smoke less than 20 cigarettes a day- 2mg
  • If you smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day- 4mg

The process of quitting is of course gradual. You begin with 4-12 cigarettes based on the dosage and your urge to smoke and, over a period of 8-12 weeks you slowly cut down on the numbers.

Remember! Along with the gums and patches one must be strong willed and if required combine NRT with other strategies that help you overcome the stress that makes you smoke, supress the urge with the help of friends, help groups etc. and get yourself to break free from the deadly habit.

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