To vape or to smoke? The jury is still out but there is a growing body of evidence and more favorable calls from respected health organizations to consider vaping as a way of quitting smoking. As yet no authorities have considered vaping as a long term alternative to smoking, and it is unlikely that any will do so anytime in the near future, if ever.
There are a number of changes that will occur once you quit smoking – some may be quite welcome while others can be a bit distressing. Do not worry. You will experience some strange sensations when you quit smoking that some people think are breathing problems. But they are not.
It is just your body adapting to now having more oxygen, your airways being less irritated and your lungs trying to expel some of the toxins that accumulated over the years. It even is a sign of relief for your heart that has to work less harder to distribute oxygenated blood.
In other words “its all good” but you should discuss your concerns with a doctor.
Think that your electronic cigarette is 100% safe? Possibly not so says the World Health Organization (WHO). The safety of electronic cigarettes has not as yet been established by extensive clinical trials and one of the main components, propylene glycol, is a known airway irritant when inhaled. But it goes further.
It appears that electronic cigarettes may not be delivering safe doses of nicotine and other toxic chemicals may also be present in the vapor. And there are also questions about whether electronic cigarettes really do help you overcome your nicotine dependence or continues to support it.
If you are a long term smoker and have ever tried quitting for even a short period, you most likely would have noticed an alteration in your bowel. habit. It is a common complaint among smokers who quit cigarettes in that they become constipated. Often it is not constipation in the medical sense. Rather it is a slight alteration of bowel habit from the norm where you pass stool less frequently or less easily than you did when you were smoking.
Repeated nicotine use, in any form, is an addiction. Giving up an addiction is no easy task and all too often an addict replaces one habit with another. For nicotine users, most of who consume nicotine through cigarette smoking, it may mean switching over to another habit involving the oral cavity (mouth).
It may be in the forming of chewing gum, sucking on a lollipop (sucker) or constantly snacking especially on sugary foods. Sweet snacks and candy seems to be the preferred edible when overcoming a nicotine addiction but it has several detrimental effects on one’s health. It may not be as dangerous as cigarette smoking at the outset, but in the long run it is a habit that also needs to be quashed to avoid disease.
One of the common reasons that some cigarette smokers claim to not wanting to quit, or other claim to fear, is the possibility of gaining weight after throwing away the smokes. It seems like the idea of becoming “fat” after giving up cigarettes is accepted as fact and not questioned as to why this may occur. The bottom line is that not every person who quits smoking will gain weight. And it is not the cessation of nicotine use that is the cause of weight gain after quitting cigarettes. In fact it is primarily a lifestyle factor – behavior that develops when a person withdraws from nicotine use.
The draw on the first cigarette in the morning. The rush of nicotine through your body. You feel calm and settled and ready to handle the stresses of the day ahead. Although cigarette smokers may often glorify the benefits of cigarette smoking, the fact of the matter is that this is a subjective experience of an addict. It is difficult to quit cigarette smoking because it is so enjoyable – to the smoker at least. The same can be said for any substance dependence but where nicotine addiction stands out is that it does not give the user a “hangover” or severely destroy their lives in the way street drugs do. Nevertheless cigarette smoking has its adverse health effects in the long run.
Nicotine is known to be an addictive substance and dependence is widespread throughout the world. As a legal drug, its ease of availability and affordability further contributes to the problem as users continue to consume nicotine in its different forms. Dependence on nicotine is a consequence of regular use and develops over a short period of time. In other words, it takes weeks and months of regular use of nicotine for dependence to arise. Since nicotine does not significantly alter the mental and emotional state of the user, it is often ignored amongst first time and new users. Dependence on nicotine would be greatly diminished if new users were targeted and the substance was difficult to acquire, banned or very expensive.
The experience of quitting nicotine, whether cigarette smoking or tobacco chewing, is quite subjective. Most nicotine users will report the most intense symptoms during day 1 and day 3 of quitting while some mysteriously breeze through this period with very little or extremely mild withdrawal symptoms.
The age old question when contemplating quitting nicotine is whether you should go cold turkey or gradually wean yourself off the nicotine. Some may advocate going cold turkey, bearing the intense symptoms during the withdrawal period thereby getting it over and done with. Others may rather wean themselves off the nicotine so that the symptoms during the withdrawal period is not as intense.