If you’re a smoker trying to quit, boy doyou have options. Patches, chewing gum, lollipops and evenlasers! But if you’re overwhelmed with choice, maybetry nothing at all. Hi aware citizens, Trace here for DNews. Now smoking is bad for you it causes cancerand a gazillion other diseases. You know that. We know that. This is your life and we’re not going totell you what to do.
But we are going to tell you the science behindquitting if you or someone you know is trying to give up the habit. Now before we breakdown the options, we haveto first understand why it’s so difficult to quit in the first place. One word: nicotine. It’s what’s naturally found in tobaccoand as addictive as heroin and cocaine. When inhaled, nicotine travels quickly tothe brain. There, it releases dopamine and other feelgood chemicals into brain cell receptors.
This creates more and more nicotine receptorsin the brain. When these receptors are starved of nicotineyou go through intense withdrawal, which can lead to depression and tension, until youget your next fix. So the trick may be to gradually giving yourbrain less and less nicotine, which is where the highly advertized treatment of nicotinereplacement therapy comes into play. We’re talking about patches, chewing gum,lozenges, inhalers and even nasal spray and lollipops. But do these methods actually work?
Let’s take one of the most popular methods,the patch. This is typically a reservoir of nicotinesandwiched between an occlusive and permeable adhesive layers. Stick it on your skin and the nicotine slowlyleaches through the layers of your dermis, to the hypodermis, which contains blood vesselsneeded to bring the drug into the bloodstream. This happens at a much slower rate and ata lower concentration than smoke inhalation. Different patches contain different amountsof nicotine, slowly ridding your body’s dependence of the drug.
But is it effective? Well, one study conducted by the Harvard Schoolof Public Health looked at 787 adults who had recently quit smoking. They were surveyed three different times overthe course of six years and asked questions about what type of nicotine replacement therapythey had used, the duration of the therapy, if they had consulted a professional, andtheir current smoking habits. During each one of those checkins arounda third of the participants had relapsed. This led researchers to conclude that â€œusingnicotine replacement therapy is no more effective
in helping people stop smoking cigarettesin the longterm than trying to quit on one’s own.â€� What about alternative ways to quit smoking? Some people have tried acupuncture and hypnosis,but based on some of our last tutorials, it’s a little up for debate on whether that worksor not. And others have even tried lasers. Yes, lasersâ€¦ well, lowlevel lasers therapy. The company Innovative Laser Therapy claimsthat an hour of therapy is all you’d need
Stop Smoking 4
00:01 If you been with us since the startof this program, 00:03 I’m sure you are beginning to wonderhow much 00:04 longer is this withdrawal process goingto last? 00:07 At the most you have one more difficult00:09 day of physical symptoms. 00:11 Now we are going to tackle,00:12 the long term prospects for success. 00:15 How to keep on keeping off?00:16 Don’t miss this program. 00:49 Well we must have somebody here00:53 that wants to talk to me tonight. Where are they?00:58 Where are my selectees, here comes one
walking01:03 right down here, oh good! 01:05 Again selected at random come on upsir. 01:12 Hi, how are you doing? What’s your name?Pat. 01:15 Pat, how much sure you used to smoking01:18 Pat before you came to this program? 01:20 Less than a pack a day. Less than apack a day, 01:23 what made you decide that was01:24 a good thing to get rid off? 01:26 My wife kind a convince me. Your wifeconvinced you? 01:31 Are you quitting smoking for wife orfor yourself?
01:34 Both, mainly for myself but, when mywife decide 01:38 to quit I fear it was good time01:40 as anything for me to quit to. 01:42 Yeah, very important, it’s nice to getyour wife 01:45 to get you started, but in the end itmust be for you, 01:47 because you see if you quit for yourwife 01:50 or you quit for your kids, sooner orlater 01:54 you will get mad at your wife right?01:57 And now you don’t know how to get even with her right?02:00 So it’s very important that you make
the transition,02:03 but the main person you are quitting for,02:05 they are only two people I think you are fit02:07 to quit for, yourself and your God, 02:10 because those are you shouldn’t getmad right? 02:14 Sure! And if you get mad at yourself,02:16 that’s not really good, you need to keep02:20 yours’ ego system intact well. 02:23 How is the program been going for you?02:25 It’s terrific. I have a very little discomfort at all.02:28 I had a little disorientation, and I
was tired02:33 for while but that’s going way? 02:35 But I feel great. Was it easier02:37 then you thought it would be? 02:’ If I knew it was gonna be this easy02:41 I would’ve quit a long time ago. 02:44 Oh. It seems like there are lot of others02:48 out there that having a little tougher time of it.02:52 Well I think it’s because of the program itself02:55 I have never seen anything like this, 02:57 a public education part of it, I quiton my own 03:01 one time and it was a nightmare.03:05 And I lasted about 20 months and I went
back to03:09 smoking and I never quit since then until now.03:12 But I think the education part of this is amazing,03:17 I mean it just makes so much easier. 03:19 So you’ve been off since the first night?Yes. 03:22 Shall we give him a big hand,03:24 I think that’s good. Thank you, thank you.03:30 Alright! Let’s come right on up here. 03:35 Hi there! Would you mind giving us yourname? 03:37 My name is Dale Hebert.03:’ Dale, and how much were you used to