Nicotine cravings are a pain in the butt (butt, get it? ?), so preparing yourself to deal with them is the key to making your quit attempt successful.
The most popular way of dealing with cravings is with Nicotine Replacement Therapy or e-cigarettes. NRT is a way of replacing the nicotine that your body is craving without the thousands of dangerous chemicals that comes with smoking. E-cigarettes also do this by the user inhaling a nicotine-containing vapour.
NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (NRT)
There are lots of nicotine replacement therapy options available to help you on your smokefree journey. It is recommended that you use NRT for between 8-12 weeks whilst attempting to quit. In Wales you can get NRT for free from your doctor or stop smoking advisor.
Not only does it provide a short burst of nicotine, but the chewing provides a distraction.
The method most similar to smoking a cigarette and it could be a good way to satisfy cravings while copying the ‘hand to mouth’ habit of smoking a cigarette.
Gives you short bursts of nicotine over 20-30 minutes, similar to the gum.
This is the strongest and quickest method of getting a nicotine dose, which makes it very useful for heavy smokers. Many people think this is the best method of NRT to make a successful quit attempt.
A slow release of nicotine directly into the bloodstream which comes in 16 hour and 24 hour versions. The 16 hr patch has fewer side effects but doesn’t satisfy those morning cigarette cravings.
Dissolves quickly under the tongue, which makes it one of the easiest types of NRT. Microtabs are great if you’re looking to be discreet.
E-cigarettes are known by a few names: electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, vaping/vape, PV/Personal Vaporizer as well as their various brand names.
- Using an e-cigarette is not smoking as there is no smoke at all. The cloud produced is vapour, like a boiling kettle
- Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, the addictive chemical in ‘normal’ cigarettes. This is why e-cigs are not recommended for people who don’t smoke cigarettes regularly
- E-cigarettes are 95% safer than smoking cigarettes. They are a much healthier alternative for anyone looking to quit tobacco
- You can buy basic e-cigarettes from most supermarkets and pharmacies but there are also many independent stores on the high street with vast knowledge to advise on the right e-cigarette and dosage for you