You have probably heard of several products and methods that promise you could quit smoking. Maybe you have also tried several of them, but with no great success. Either you have started smoking again after some time or gave up in the middle of your attempt to quit. Maybe it was impossible for you to resist the temptation to smoke. In fact, many smokers require several quit attempts before finally giving up the habit for good.
Let’s have a look at some of the options you have and how Rien Pipe compares to other currently available quit smoking products. There are many ways to reach your goal. It’s up to you which way you choose.
The power of nicotine
If you are a regular smoker, you probably know how bad it feels when you cannot light up at the office or in public places where smoking is prohibited or restricted. You may probably start feeling antsy and would count every second until you are allowed to have a break for your usual puff. The main reason why you experience all these unpleasant feelings is that your body, which is addicted to nicotine, starts demanding another dose whenever its regular nicotine supply is cut. So, when you are trying to quit, the first thing you have to do is to tackle this problem of nicotine addiction.
When your willpower fails…
The easiest and most natural way of quitting is to exercise your willpower and quit tobacco “cold turkey” style: throwing out all the tobacco products around home and not looking back. If you are able to do that, congratulations! But, let’s be honest, maybe not all of us have that kind of super-strong will. However, thanks to scientific progress and the latest research on tobacco cessation, your chances to become a successful quitter now are greater than ever before.
Getting “your nicotine” from sources other than smoking tobacco
So, your body is in constant demand of nicotine, but you want to stop cigarettes. What can you do? Maybe try something that would replace that “bad” nicotine from cigarette smoke. You may try to consult with a doctor and she can suggest you to try NRT – Nicotine Replacement Therapy. This approach, which typically lasts from 8-12 weeks, supplies your addicted body with nicotine in forms other than smoking tobacco cigarettes, with the aim of gradually reducing your addiction to nicotine and tobacco cravings. There are basically 7 major products officially approved by the WHO and the U.S. Public Health Service that belong to this category. These include:
- Nicotine patches**
- Nicotine gums**
- Nicotine nasal sprays*
- Nicotine lozenges**
- Nicotine inhalers*
- Microtabs and mouth sprays containing nicotine
- Medications* – pills suppressing tobacco withdrawal symptoms (Chantix, Zyban)
*Prescription-only nicotine replacement products. A prescription may be needed in the U.S. for some products (patches, nasal sprays and inhalers) marketed under the brand Nicotrol, which is the generic form of Nicorette.
**OTC nicotine replacement products
All these products will help to improve your chances for stopping, as they help to suppress cravings. Let’s see how these work and where you can get them.
- Nicotine patches. You need to apply these little stickers directly to your skin and they will provide you with a continuous nicotine supply for almost 24 hours a day. You need to be over 18 in order to buy those at a drugstore and you likely don’t need a doctor’s prescription.
- Nicotine gums. Nicotine is delivered to your bloodstream through the mucous membrane inside your mouth when you chew them. This can be a useful and easy way of getting nicotine. The gums are available at drugstores without prescription.
- Nicotine nasal sprays. A small amount of nicotine gets absorbed through the lining of your nose when you apply the spray. A prescription is required in the U.S. and in some other countries.
- Nicotine lozenges. These candy-like looking things will dissolve in your mouth and give you small amounts of nicotine.
- Nicotine inhalers – are cigarette-like shaped devices with small cartridges containing nicotine liquid. By inhaling air through this device in the similar way to how you would smoke a regular tobacco cigarette, the inhaled air gets saturated by with nicotine from the cartridge. The time needed for absorption of nicotine differs from that of the tobacco cigarettes. In most states, a prescription will be necessary.
- Microtabs and mouth sprays. Tablets work in a similar way to the lozenges and the above-mentioned nasal sprays in the sense that they aim to provide instant relief from cravings as soon as the tablet is dissolved in your mouth and the nicotine contained in the spray liquid enters your blood through the mouth lining.
- Chantix and Zyban. Prescription pills that serve to suppress your cravings for cigarettes by influencing the chemical processes in your brain. They don’t contain nicotine, but may not be suitable for everyone as they can trigger sudden behavior changes. In some people, they can negatively influence mood or have some other adverse side effects.
Other forms of non-prescription nicotine
Beside the above-mentioned methods, there are also other forms of getting non-prescription nicotine. These vary from country to country and include snus, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, snuff and most recently, electronic cigarettes.
Among these, e-cigarettes are gaining in popularity especially among the generation of younger smokers. E-cigarettes, e-cigs or vaporizers – all these are often seen as cool and sexy, and vaping is perceived as being less harmful to other people, since it doesn’t produce any smoke unlike classic tobacco cigarettes. Nevertheless, recently it has been found that some of the chemicals in the vapor can be as harmful or even more than when one inhales smoke from regular, tobacco cigarettes, though this is seen to vary according to the vape liquid producer.
The Rien Pipe alternative
Rien Pipe is an alternative approach to smoking cessation. With it, you don’t need to get more nicotine or substitute your smoking with some other, often quietly costly, goods.
By the end of the Rien Pipe program, your body reaches a negligible nicotine level (0.005mg) which is highly conducive to stopping smoking, since it is not longer considered physically addicted. The mental aspect can be a different matter, and as with other quit-smoking products, whether you are then able to stop completely depends highly on your readiness and frame of mind. Successful smoking quitters have reported that when they felt comfortable and confident about their quit approach and new smoke-free lifestyle, they didn’t feel compelled to look back. For this reason, Rien Pipe may work best while attending supportive groups.