Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

The Ins and Outs of Nicotine Replacement Therapy

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 136

Anyone who has ever tried to stop smoking knows how unpleasant that experience can be. Withdrawal symptoms are the main reason why it's difficult to break this addicting habit. The addiction to cigarettes is not caused by tobacco itself but by a chemical it contains - nicotine. This is what makes quitting smoking extremely difficult.

Going "cold turkey" is one way to curb the deadly smoking habit but it may not work for everyone. Nicotine addicts are less likely to succeed if they stop smoking suddenly. This is the logic behind nicotine replacement therapy or NRT which is designed to help smokers quit.

As its name implies, NRT is meant to replace a smoker's daily nicotine fix by substituting this with medications that contain lower doses of nicotine. These include nicotine patches, gum, lozenges nasal sprays and the use of non-nicotine medications like Zyban and Chantix. By using these products, a smoker can gradually wean away from his dependence on nicotine and not be bothered by withdrawal symptoms.

NRT helps control nicotine cravings without the 4,000 harmful chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Using a pure nicotine substitute is a less harmful way of ingesting nicotine compared to the toxic chemicals you'll get from an ordinary cigarette.

After using NRT for four to six months, smokers find that they can better control their cravings and are more responsive to nicotine withdrawal. That's good news for you and your loved ones since you reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease the moment you stop smoking.

Are Filter Cigarettes Better than Regular Cigarettes?

Filtered-tip cigarettes first hit the market in the 1960s shortly after researchers linked smoking and lung cancer. Made from cellulose acetate, the filter supposedly screens out the amount of smoke, tar, nicotine and fine particles that a smoker inhales when burning tobacco.

In theory, filters are designed to reduce the toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke. While these dangerous chemicals are not removed entirely, they are supposedly minimized with the help of a filter which can make smoking less dangerous. Because of this, filtered products are marketed as a "safe" cigarette.

Filter cigarettes that are advertised as "low" or "light" actually have tiny, invisible holes that allow air to mix with the smoke. Thus, the smoker is said to inhale more air and less smoke, thereby reducing the amount of tar and nicotine he takes in. That certainly sounds like a good idea to smokers who want to believe they're doing something about their health. Unfortunately, the American Lung Association said there is no such thing as a "safe" cigarette.

For all its good intentions, filter-tipped cigarettes can't stop smokers from getting all the nicotine they need to satisfy their uncontrollable craving for this chemical. In fact, their addiction has helped them find ways to get their daily nicotine fix.

In the case of filtered-tip cigarettes, they do this by inhaling more deeply or by covering the holes with their fingers or lips. This exposes smokers of light cigarettes to equal or even greater amounts of toxic chemicals found in regular cigarettes. In effect, filtered cigarettes are no better than your ordinary cancer-causing cigarette.

Sharon L. True is a Manila-based freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics. Visit for more details about how to quit smoking.

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Stop Smoking


Stop Smoking Tips


Stop Smoking Benefits


Stop Smoking Programs

Your body needs glucose in order to get energy for cell and tissue function. Without energy, the cells do not function properly and the immune system is compromised. When your blood glucose levels

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Diabetes l July 09, 2013 lViews: 2620

Heavy Metals - Free radicals (tissue damaging molecules that cause aging and bodily deterioration) are the result of the ever-present toxins within our environment. Heavy metals are contained in

By: Clifford H Woods l Health & Fitness > Supplements l July 09, 2013 lViews: 608

Braun shavers and trimmers are very standard brand and their new curser beard and head trimmer is big for trimming beards. This trimmer was specifically made to be able to trim down your beard and

By: Lovey Blackburn l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 20, 2012 lViews: 464

On this website you will find latest makeup reviews and swatches from real people. You will know how makeup products look in real life, and you can also participate! Post your photos, tips and

By: l Health & Fitness > Beauty l December 09, 2012 lViews: 321

You can either seek referrals from friends and associates or search for consultants on the internet. The latter, in our opinion, would be a viable option for those pressed for time.You can either

By: Simon Liva l Health & Fitness > Diseases l December 07, 2012 lViews: 269

Healthy living is essential in today's world, to ensure one's well being. Learn how to relax and improve your mood now! Be it exercising, or indulging in one's passions and hobbies, be sure to set

By: Clarinda l Health & Fitness > Mind Body Spirit l December 02, 2012 lViews: 263

With all of the ads, videos and articles about quitting smoking and with all of the quit smoking aids that have become accepted over the past decade, the national smoking rate remaining about the

By: Don Seibertl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 20, 2012 lViews: 171

Once you quit smoking or stop using quit smoking aids like nicotine patches, while you will experience certain withdrawal symptoms, you will also start feeling better in various ways.   The First

By: Nigel A Martinl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 19, 2012 lViews: 187

The smoking "habit" is much more than that. In fact, it is much more than just a nicotine addiction! There are many psychological, sociological, and cultural issues accompanying the nicotine problem.

By: Don Seibertl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 19, 2012 lViews: 164

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in America. So many people have lost their lives due to the many side effects of smoking. Smoking can cause many types of lung disorders including but not

By: Sarah Johansonl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 19, 2012 lViews: 153

The lungs are a complicated pair of organs that are vital to life and health. Maximizing surface area with minimal volume, the lungs are vulnerable to any habits that destroy mucus membranes

By: Robert C Wilsonl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 18, 2012 lViews: 194

Inhalation of fumes of any kind has fatal potential to the human body. Whether its smoke from a wood fire, or fumes rising from a chemical; inhaling something that the lungs aren't equipped to handle

By: Sarah Johansonl Health & Fitness > Quit Smokingl April 16, 2012 lViews: 158