Cigarette is one of the enemies that mankind is fighting from the very day it was smoked for the first time. It is one of the main reasons for causing lung cancer in human beings, till now many quit smoking programs have been launched but only few of them has been successful.
Nicotine is one of the main chemicals to be used in cigarettes that make them dangerously addictive. Higher the level of nicotine makes it harder to quit smoking. In a report by the Massachusetts Department of Health says that the amount of nicotine in cigarettes has slowly increased over the past 6 years.
Massachusetts is one among the several states that asks tobacco manufacturers to submit yearly reports on cigarettes. It depends on the amount of nicotine taken that can work as either a stimulant or a sedative.
Cigarette smoking does have immediate positive effects. Such as:
* Boost ones mood and gives relief from minor depression
* Can suppress little fits of anger
* Enhance the concentration and short-term memory
* Produce a minimal sense of well-being
Acupuncture is one of the healing methods derived from ancient Chinese medicine and used in quit smoking programs. Needles are exactly placed or pressure applied in areas of the body which are associated with certain nerves that are believed to play a specific role in health problem. The stimulation on selected acupuncture points in the body produces natural medicines as endorphins. These agents blocks the "pleasure feeling" to tobacco
This can be used as a weapon in quit smoking programs. One has to create such a situation that even a thought of smoking should ignite the feeling of hatred in him for the cigarette.
Hypnosis is usually practiced in private sessions. Although there are no strong evidence that it is better than other interventions.
Exercise is considered to be one of the best activities used in quit smoking programs.
In this quit smoking program the cigarettes are quitted suddenly and totally, without even trying to "taper off" gradually.
A slow and gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes over time is the aim of this method. This methods include smoking only half of the cigarette, waiting one or two hour longer each day before lighting up the first cigarette or smoking during the odd hours.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
This replaces some of the nicotine than are included in smoking. Nicotine replacement keeps one off the nicotine by replacing the extremely high concentrations of nicotine one get from smoking with extremely lower doses delivered slowly. It is one of the way of delivering nicotine without the acute harmful tar, gases and other elements of smoking.
Zyban is an anti-smoking pill and used in quit smoking programs that seems to minimize nicotine withdrawal symptoms and the addiction to smoke, without containing nicotine. The action of this drug is still not completely understood, but it seems that it do have some effect on the chemicals in the brain which is related to nicotine addiction.
Chantix is a selective nicotinic receptor modulator used in quit smoking programs.