Can addicted smokers put an end to their irresistible cravings?

We all wake up one day and decide to steer ourselves in the right direction. This very moment could be a turning point where one realizes he can quit smoking. The only thing he needs is the right motivation and strategy to get his healthy body back.

Tobacco smoking is one of the world’s biggest health problems. The total rate of its consumers worldwide exceeds 1.3 billion¹, millions among them died or had different types of cancer by reason of addiction. Yet, the staggering demand for cigarettes among consumers is still high. Beliefs differ as to whether tobacco addicts are able to control their smoking desires or not. Its cessation might seem quite normal; the truth is, as far as a wide range of cases are concerned, this former is seen as losing a dear friend or an organ that is essential for survival.

Are e-cigarettes and other vaping products risk-free?

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that work by heating up a liquid to create an aerosol. They usually contain flavorings, nicotine and other substances such as propylene glycol, glycerin and additives. They are well commercialized and sold at decent prices which increases the demand for vaping products, and boosts the market growth.

Quite a lot of people tend to use them or as aids to smoking cessation for the fact that they are far greater and less harmful than conventional cigarettes. In fact, many smoking-related studies unveil that vaping products neither produce carbon monoxide or even tar –which are known as the most harmful elements in tobacco smoke-, nor burn tobacco smoke through inhalation. Nonetheless, doctors and health experts generally agreed that e-cigarettes present a danger to men, women as well as adults.

Could they be presented as an alternative or replacement to quit smoking?

Few studies have mentioned that e-cigarettes can help reduce cigarettes smoking. On the other hand, some figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted that e-cigarettes are dangerous, the nicotine and e-liquids they contain are highly addictive. Even those that are nicotine-free carry a wide range of health risks and are not free from chemicals that may be linked to serious lung diseases, and affect brain development or functioning in younger people.

Are there any valid methods to quit smoking?

Nicotine replacement therapy has been used for several years by many countries to help cigarettes consumers stop smoking. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved that there are some alternatives and therapies that are considered safe and could increase the likelihood of releasing nicotine, reducing the effects of nicotine withdrawal, thereby quitting smoking. They are available as nicotine gums, skin patches nasal and mouth sprays… and possess a weak dose of nicotine. They are also obtainable on prescription from a doctor and in drug stores.

Chantix (also known as Varenicline), is a nicotine-free prescription pill that is proven to be the most efficient medicine for smoking cessation. It helps minimize craving intensity, and deals with nicotine withdrawal effects.

Raising tobacco price and taxing it has proven to be an effective way to engage in the fight against this former; this very move was pushed by the Moroccan authorities according to the UN.

Does the decline of smoking have severe health impacts on cigarettes consumers?

The nicotine gets out of the body within three days. Right after that, the cigarettes consumer encounters some smoking withdrawal symptoms that include; anxiety, headaches, insomnia, low energy… That is why doctors recommend releasing nicotine gradually with nicotine replacement therapy.

What are the steps that one can follow to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking requires patience, optimism and a guideline to be able to quit without possibility of returning back to smoking. The basic tips are as follows

  • Make the decision to stop smoking.
  • Talk to a doctor.
  • Believe you can quit.
  • Avoid isolation.
  • Surround yourself with the right people that can encourage you to quit smoking.
  • Get rid of anything that is related to smoking.
  • Keep yourself busy.
  • Practice some sports, (you can run in place or dance during lockdown).
  • Meditate.
  • Eat healthy food, and drink a lot of milk and water.
  • Stick to your guideline, and never lose hope!
    • STAY SAFE!

¹ Source : The World Health Organization (WHO)

Loubna El Alaoui

Hi there, let me walk you through my humble personal and professional life! My name's Loubna and I am a Moroccan web editor, investigator and journalism student. I've always been fond of writing, for it helps me get things clear in my head and reduce stress. I began writing some personal articles that I only shared with some very close friends of mine, and now, a humble number of people read my articles about life, environment, society... Before I held my BA in English Literature, so many people and teachers told me that I could be a great journalist. Well guess what....? After so many experiences, I found my passion and what I truely want to do with my life. And now I'm working on my masters degree in Journalism and Media.