A Guide to Smoking Alternatives
The decision to quit smoking is a great way to improve your overall health. Surprisingly, there is no universal way to quit smoking. Everyone has different smoking habits, needs, and product preferences. Luckily, there are numerous alternatives to smoking that might be perfect for you. Below we highlight some of the best alternatives to smoking that you should take into consideration.
Why Should I Consider Alternatives to Smoking?
We all know the health risks that come with using combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes. Alongside the increased risk of respiratory illnesses, there is also the risk of causing harm to those around you through second-hand smoke. Tobacco is categorised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a public health threat, with over 8 million deaths a year due to tobacco-related ailments.
What are some alternatives to smoking?
An effective alternative to smoking is nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine replacement therapy works to gradually reduce your nicotine dosage over time until you no longer need the nicotine or only have a minimal need. Some of the nicotine replacement products include nicotine pouches, nicotine patches and nicotine gum.
Nicotine pouches are a portable and convenient way to get the nicotine experience. Each pouch is made with tobacco-free nicotine, either made synthetically or extracted from the Nicotiana tabacum plant. Nicotine pouches are available in a wide range of different strengths and flavours, so you are sure to find a pouch you enjoy. Simply get a pouch from the can and place it between your upper lip and gum, then leave it in place for around 30 minutes or until the nicotine experience wears off.
Nicotine gum is a common alternative to smoking, usually available in a plain or mint flavour.
It is discreet, but should not be treated like normal gum. For the best results, bite down on the gum until you start feeling the nicotine effects then place between your gums and cheek.
To get the best results, carefully bite down on the gum until you feel the effects of the nicotine. The effects usually last around 30 minutes per piece of gum.
Nicotine patches are transdermal patches; meaning they work through the skin. They provide a consistent nicotine release throughout the day for the user to help minimise withdrawal effects that come when you quit smoking. Always make sure you read the instructions before applying a patch.