Nicotine is an alkaloid that acts as a stimulant when consumed. Its presence in tobacco leaves makes them addictive, and this property of nicotine is primarily responsible for users’ dependence on smoking.
Fortunately, nicotine replacement therapy methods are available today in Nioo Labs. These methods help people move away from smoking without experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is a method of smoking cessation that uses nicotine gum, patches, lozenges, or inhalers to help people quit smoking. NRT products are available in different forms and strengths, so people can choose the product that is best for them.
When people use NRT, they replace the cigarettes they were using with these alternative forms of nicotine. This helps them to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine they are taking in over time. Over time, this can help them to quit smoking completely.
There are several different types of NRT products available on the market today. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to choose the one that is best suited for you.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common NRT methods:
1. Nicotine gum
Gum is a popular method of NRT. It is used to quit smoking, but chewing nicotine gum is not the same as smoking nicotine gum. You will not get the same amount of nicotine from chewing nicotine gum as you would from smoking nicotine gum.
The main benefit of gum over other types of NRT products is that it is easy to use and doesn’t require special equipment like patches or inhalers.
The gum has the added benefits of being a good source of vitamin B5 and calcium. It can be purchased in several flavors and chewed anywhere, anytime. Gum is also a good option for people with dental issues since it does not involve using the teeth.
Taking gum may cause mild side effects like increased heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow to the brain. Gum-containing nicotine is not recommended for people with specific diseases or pregnant women. Anyone using the gum to quit smoking is advised to consult a doctor before using it.
2. Nicotine inhaler
The inhaler is used to inhale nicotine, much like a steam inhaler is used to clear the sinuses. It is placed in the mouth and activated by sucking in the air. The substance reaches the bloodstream through the mucous membranes in the mouth and the lungs. The inhaler is available in two forms: the nicotine inhaler and the inhaler with a spacer.
The inhaler with a spacer has an attached plastic tube between the lips and the inhaler. The spacer reduces the amount of nicotine received by the mouth and throat, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The inhaler is simple to use and can be carried along while traveling. However, it is not an ideal solution for long-term nicotine replacement therapy. The nicotine dosage is not controlled, and the user must be careful not to overuse the inhaler for long.
3. Lozenge or mini-lozenge
The mini-lozenge is a piece of sugar-free gum with a small amount of nicotine dissolved in it. The lozenge is also available in other flavors, such as peppermint, blueberry, and fruit. It can be chewed like any other gum and is available in various strengths.
The lozenge is a popular method of NRT for quitting smoking. People using this form of NRT are advised to avoid eating and drinking hot or spicy foods. This is because the nicotine in the lozenge may be released while eating and drinking and cause side effects such as heartburn or stomach ulcers.
The lozenge and mini-lozenge can be used only for a short period, after which you should discard them. Long-term use of the lozenge may increase heart rate, high blood pressure, and heart rhythm changes.
4. Nicotine patch
The patch is a small, rectangular piece of fabric that contains nicotine. A person wearing the patch is slowly and steadily administered nicotine. This reduces but does not eliminate the craving for tobacco. It is usually applied to the skin on the upper arm or torso. You can use some brands of patches on the lower back.
The patch is firmly pressed against the skin wherever it is applied for about 10 minutes. The patch is meant to be worn for 16 hours daily for at least two weeks. The patch is generally safe and effective. It should not be used by people with certain diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. It can reduce blood flow to the skin, causing redness and irritation.
The downside of patches is that they must be replaced every 16 hours, which can be challenging.
5. Electronic cigarette (e-cig)
The e-cig or an electronic cigarette functions like a nicotine inhaler. It vaporizes a solution that the user inhales. When a person inhales the e-cig, a small heating element inside it is activated. The heating element vaporizes the nicotine solution, which the user then inhales. A small battery powers the e-cig and is often charged with a USB cable. Many e-cigarettes have LED lights at the end, which you can use like a flashlight.
The e-cig is a good choice for people who cannot quit smoking by other means. The e-cig does not produce harmful substances such as tar and carbon monoxide, which are present in tobacco smoke. It is also a cheaper alternative to nicotine gum and patches. However, the e-cig is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Nicotine is an addictive substance found in tobacco. It is a significant cause of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Fortunately, several methods of nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT, are available to help people break their addiction to nicotine. These methods include gum, lozenges, inhalers, patches, and e-cigarettes.
People who want to quit smoking can use one of these methods from Nioo Labs or a combination of them, depending on their individual needs.