This Is The Best Way To Quit Smoking
If you’re a smoker trying to quit, boy do you have options. Patches, chewing gum, lollipops and even lasers! But if you’re overwhelmed with choice, maybe try nothing at all. Hi aware citizens, Trace here for DNews. Now smoking is bad for you it causes cancer and a gazillion other diseases. You know that. We know that. This is your life and we’re not going to tell you what to do.
But we are going to tell you the science behind quitting if you or someone you know is trying to give up the habit. Now before we breakdown the options, we have to first understand why it’s so difficult to quit in the first place. One word: nicotine. It’s what’s naturally found in tobacco and as addictive as heroin and cocaine. When inhaled, nicotine travels quickly to the brain. There, it releases dopamine and other feel good chemicals into brain cell receptors.
This creates more and more nicotine receptors in the brain. When these receptors are starved of nicotine you go through intense withdrawal, which can lead to depression and tension, until you get your next fix. So the trick may be to gradually giving your brain less and less nicotine, which is where the highly advertized treatment of nicotine replacement 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 nicotine sandwiched between an occlusive and permeable adhesive layers. Stick it on your skin and the nicotine slowly leaches through the layers of your dermis, to the hypodermis, which contains blood vessels needed to bring the drug into the bloodstream. This happens at a much slower rate and at a lower concentration than smoke inhalation. Different patches contain different amounts of nicotine, slowly ridding your body’s dependence of the drug.
But is it effective? Well, one study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health looked at 787 adults who had recently quit smoking. They were surveyed three different times over the course of six years and asked questions about what type of nicotine replacement therapy they had used, the duration of the therapy, if they had consulted a professional, and their current smoking habits. During each one of those checkins around a third of the participants had relapsed. This led researchers to conclude that â€œusing nicotine replacement therapy is no more effective.
In helping people stop smoking cigarettes in 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 works or not. And others have even tried lasers. Yes, lasersâ€¦ well, lowlevel lasers therapy. The company Innovative Laser Therapy claims that an hour of therapy is all you’d need.
To quit your addiction. The lasers target specific points in the body that the company alleges are related to addiction, claiming it relieves withdrawal symptoms and prevents cravings. Owner Frank Pinto explains, â€œThe laser basically stimulates the nerve endings to tell the brain to release a flood of endorphins.â€� But â€œbasicallyâ€� isn’t science. And though there have been a few studies to determine its validity, they are few and far between with inconclusive results.
How Does Smoking Affect Your Face
Nowadays, I smoke about a pack a month. I smoke two packs a day. If I’m working both jobs in the same day, then it can be like three or four. If I’m drinking, then like five or six. Been smoking since I was probably fifteen? I started smoking because I was in a play. My excuse was method acting, but deep down.
I really wanted to just try smoking cigarettes. I went to college and started drinking and just had an occasional cigarette while drinking and it took me here. I know smoking’s bad for me. It’s probably something that I want to quit eventually but it’s a lot easier said than done.
Meredith I’ve quit for, a few times, a couple weeks tops and then end up just buying a pack again. Edd I hope to get scared out of smoking cigarettes anymore, and finally be able to fully quit. Meredith I’m upset with myself that I have decided to pick up this habit and hopefully seeing the physical.
Changes to my face, it’ll help me make a positive choice in my life to quit smoking. I don’t think it’ll change my mind, but it’s worth giving it a shot. (sigh) Aww! Oh my god. Oh shit, oh wow, ahh.
I’m so old. The craziest part about it is it doesn’t look like I have makeup on, it just looks like I’m an old man. Ah, that’s awful. Meredith Lines around the lips will make my lipstick bleed, and I do like to wear lipstick. Edd The looseness of the skin gives it a very almost frail texture.
Michael Well my teeth are absolutely disgusting and I’m kind of taken back, it’s pretty bizarre. If this is what my outside appearance looks like, just from smoking cigarettes, then I cannot even imagine what my insides look like. It’s kinda depressing, I just, I feel like I’m an old man. After this experience, I definitely.
Want to cut cigarettes out of my life completely. I don’t want to continue smoking. I’m going to reconsider smoking less or quitting. Try to make sure that my body ages naturally and not superadvanced like this process shows. A lot of people say they only smoke when they’re drinking alcohol, and.