What with the recent budget pushing the costs of a packet of 20 cigarettes up a whopping 35%, many people are thinking that this really is the time to give up for good. But for hardened smokers like myself, it’s a hard habit and addiction to break. I’ve been smoking from the age of 13 and have given up a total of three times in my life but something has always brought me back to the sweet taste of nicotine, usually a crisis in my life where the first thing I have done, under stress is go out and buy 20 cigarettes. Now, due to personal reasons I have given up again, this time with the help of not only will power, but with inhalators, I have been without a cigarette for two weeks now. I still consider myself a smoker however and cannot say for sure whether this is the last time I will ever not smoke again. So why is it so hard to give up cigarettes? Cigarettes contain nicotine. If you smoke regularly and over a long period of time, your body gradually becomes dependent on nicotine. Giving up smoking can cause nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which include cravings, headaches, feeling irritable and not being able to sleep. There are medicines that can help you manage these withdrawal symptoms.
The three types of stop smoking medicines are:
Zyban tablets (bupropion)
NRT including patches, gum, lozenges, microtabs, inhalator and nasal sprays. All of these are available from the NHS with a prescription, and Nicotine Replacement Therapy can also be bought from pharmacies without a prescription and other shops (such as supermarkets). All are effective treatments to help you stop smoking, but you may find one suits you more than another. We take a look at all the types of nicotine replacement therapies so you can see which may be best for you if you want to give up smoking.
Nicorette 15 mg Patch – £9.99
Full Strength Nicorette Patch contains nicotine which is absorbed through the skin when the patch is applied. This should help to relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal when you stop smoking. Do not smoke during your Nicorette Patch programme. Never use more than one patch at a time. Do not use with any other nicotine product. Do not use if you are allergic to nicotine or develop an allergy to this patch. These patches should not be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Nicorette Patch should not be used by non-smokers, occasional smokers or people under 18 years of age. Nicorette Patch, applied to the skin, releases pure nicotine which is absorbed through the skin, helping to reduce your desire to smoke. This allows you to concentrate on overcoming the smoking habit. To do this, you will also need willpower and possibly some guidance from your GP or your local Stop Smoking Clinic.
NiQuitin Gum – £5.99
NiQuitin Gum offers convenient on-the-go relief to help manage cravings that pop up during your day. The gum is also easy to carry wherever you go, so you’re always prepared and can be used as an alternative to NiQuitin Minis. If you’re not ready to give up smoking straight away you can use NiQuitin Gum to help you cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke first. The ‘reduce to quit’ approach allows your body to get used to fewer cigarettes as you get used to the idea of quitting, allowing you to quit at a pace that suit you. By using NiQuitin Gum to manage your cravings you should start to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke until you are completely smoke free.
Galphram Nicotine Replace 2mg Lozenges – £2.99
Galpharm Nicotine Replace 2mg Peppermint Flavour Lozenges are for smokers who smoke after 30 minutes of waking. The lozenges are part of a programme designed to support your wish to stop smoking. The programme contains 3 steps, which you will need to follow, starting with step 1, then step 2, then step 3. Using lozenges at regular intervals gives your body the nicotine you need to help stop smoking.
Nicorette Microtabs – was £18.68 now £17.99
Nicorette Microtab is for the relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms as an aid to giving up smoking. Directions: For adults and children 12 years and over. Do not chew or swallow these tablets. Place 1 or 2 tablets (as required) under the tongue and allow to dissolve. Repeat hourly to a maximum of 40 tablets per day. Before use please read the information leaflet carefully. Warning: Do not exceed the stated dose. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice before using this product. If you need any advice before starting to use this product, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. Do not use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. You are more likely to quit smoking when using this product with help from your pharmacist, doctor, a trained counsellor or a support programme.
Nicorette Inhalator Starter Pack – was £6.99 now £4.99
Nicorette Inhalator Starter Pack, is sometimes known as the Inhaler. It keeps your hands busy, so if you are likely to miss the hand-to-mouth habit of smoking then this is most suitable for you. This Nicorette Inhalator is made up of a mouthpiece and the replaceable nicotine cartridge, and makes a great alternative stop smoking aid rather than the usual patches or gums, that don’t suit everyone. When you draw on the mouthpiece the cartridge releases nicotine to help relieve your cravings. And, because it is held like a cigarette, your hands are kept busy too.
Nicorette Nasal Spray was £20.99 now £16.13
Nicorette Nasal Spray delivers approximately 200 sprays each containing 0.5 mg of nicotine and is ideal for the rapid relief of nicotine withdrawal symptoms caused by giving up smoking. If you smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day and get strong cravings throughout the day, Nicorette Nasal Spray is for you. It works fast so you get rapid relief from your craving and you can use it when you need it most.
Jabeens E Cigarettes – was £19.99 now £7.49
Jabeensecig are the most authentic tobacco alternative available, while being a healthier, more sociable solution. They may look, taste and feel just like real cigarettes, but Jabeens electronic cigarettes do not contain any tar, tobacco, carbon monoxide or unnecessary additional chemicals such as arsenic, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide or benzine found in a filtered tobacco cigarette – just the nicotine that you crave. Jabeens e-cigarettes can save the average smoker up to 75% compared to tobacco cigarettes, making them the perfect smoking alternative – especially as you won’t be stood in the rain while your non-smoking friends carry on their conversations indoors. The perfect way to sample the experience for yourself, the Jabeens Electronic Cigarette Pocket Pack consists of an e-cigarette¸ atomiser, USB Charger, 10 Cartridges pre-set at Marlboro Medium (the equivalent of 200 normal cigarettes), and an instruction leaflet. Usually £19.99, QypeDeals is offering a 63% saving on the starter kit. Try it for yourself for just £7.49 and experience the difference the phenomenon makes to your wallet, your health and your social life.
For further help and advice about giving up smoking, visit the NHS Smoke Freewebsite for tips, tools and to order a smoke free kit.