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Smoking cessation is very difficult due to the highly addictive nature of the chemical nicotine found in cigarettes. Smoking cessation usually takes a combination of perseverance, a multifaceted plan, and the support of the people close to the smoker. It is not unusual for it to take several or many attempts before a smoker is able to permanently quit smoking.
Nicotine replacement therapy is one option that helps to minimize the nicotine cravings associated with nicotine withdrawal. Nicotine replacement therapy, when used as directed, is generally considered safe, and is safer than the nicotine in cigarettes. This is because nicotine replacement products contain lower amounts of nicotine than cigarettes and do not expose the smoker to the tar and toxic gasses contained in the smoke of cigarettes.
Nicotine replacement therapies are available in a variety of forms, including patches, gums, and lozenges, which are available without a prescription. A nicotine replacement nasal spray, inhaler, and pills and tablets are also available but require a prescription.
For optimal results when choosing and using a nicotine replacement therapy product, it is recommended that you see your health care provider prior to treatment. Because nicotine replacements therapies, like all medications, have potential side effects, a licensed health care provider will complete a full evaluation, including medical history and physical, before recommending which product is best for a particular person. Nicotine replacement therapy should not be used by pregnant or nursing women.
A supportive environment is also key to successful smoking cessation. This is because nicotine replacement therapy only helps smokers to withdraw from the physical symptoms of nicotine addiction, but does not help smokers to change the habitual behavior of smoking.
This is where a support group can step in. Studies have shown that combining some type of nicotine replacement therapy with participation in a supportive behavior change program, such as Freedom From Smoking (https://www.ffsonline.org/ ), can double the chances of a smoker successfully quitting for good, according to the American Lung Association. Another good support resource is Nicotine Anonymous (https://www.nicotine-anonymous.org).
Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.
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