A recent survey conducted revealed that tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Australia.
While quitting smoking is no easy feat, it is important for every addict to gather themselves and begin the process. Nicotine replacement therapies are readily available in Australia but smokers often avoid them due to belief in baseless misconceptions. The use of such myths as an excuse by smokers prolong the time taken before they decide to quit while also impacting their mental health negatively.
Nicotine replacement products are as addictive as smoking
The likelihood of becoming addicted to NRT products is very low compared to cigarette smoking. This is partly because the nicotine in NRT products reaches the brain much more slowly than when smoking. In addition, the biggest reason why recovering addicts relapse into smoking is because they don’t use NRT products long enough.
Using more than one NRT product is harmful
This is wrong. As a matter of fact, using more than one NRT product (combination therapy) can increase your chances of success. A recommended combination is the use of long-acting NRT such as patches with short-acting NRT such as, lozenges, gum, nasal spray or e-cigarettes. These combinations can also be useful when fighting off severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings. However, it is important to consult your doctor before using NRT products if you have serious heart problems.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is expensive
A lot of smokers underestimate how much their smoking habits cost. As a matter of fact, cigarette prices have doubled in Australia since 2008 and are currently the highest in the world. This means a pack-a-day smoker spends close to 922 dollars every month. The costs of NRT cannot be compared to that of cigarettes, this is because they apply in the short term and after following a quitting programme, smokers can save a lot in the long run.
Nicotine replacement products and treatments don’t work
Research suggests that NRT and prescription stop smoking drugs can triple a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting. The same cannot be said for the “willpower” method since quitting side effects such as withdrawal symptoms can be very strong. NRT treatments help by changing the method of delivering nicotine to the body (by use of nicotine patches and gum), this is done to eliminate harmful chemicals such as tar and carbon monoxide that are found in cigarette smoke.
The importance of quitting cannot be stressed enough. Benefits such as good health and appearance can motivate recovering addicts to maintain their abstinence.
Don’t hold back because of baseless misconceptions, seek help now.
This piece was kindly written and contributed by Chrissy Jones.