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One of the biggest reasons that stop-smoking attempts fail is the cravings that are experienced.
Although cravings will usually pass within around ten minutes, the feeling can be quite intense and may tempt you into smoking again.
Luckily, there are several ways that you can combat cigarette cravings and become smoke-free for good!
The reason we experience cigarette cravings is due to our bodies missing the hit of nicotine it was receiving from regular smoking.
When we first stop smoking, these cravings will be most intense, but they should naturally diminish within a few weeks. At first, it will be a feeling of constant need for a cigarette, but this will gradually ebb away over the following weeks.
Over time, we may experience a sudden urge to have a cigarette - this can even happen months or years after quitting. Normally, these urges come from a trigger, such as drinking alcohol or feeling stressed.
As the reason we experience cravings is down to the sudden loss of nicotine, the best way of removing cigarette cravings is to use a nicotine replacement.
Nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, nicotine patches or gum provide the body with nicotine in a way that is safer than smoking a cigarette, as they don’t contain as many harmful chemicals.
Using a nicotine replacement is by far the best way of putting cravings at bay and managing to stop smoking for good. According to the NHS, only 3 in every 100 smokers actually manage to stop smoking by going cold turkey. Using a nicotine replacement is the most effective way of becoming smoke-free.
Out of the nicotine replacement options, vaping is your best option. A UK clinical trial in 2019 concluded that vapers were twice as likely to succeed at quitting smoking than those who used patches, gum and other nicotine replacement products.
Pod vapes, like nzo Vape, are one of the best types of vape device for beginners looking to start their stop-smoking journey.
The pod can give you high strengths of nicotine to quickly combat cravings, as well as replicate the experience of drawing on a cigarette and exhaling, through the action of the mouth-to-lung vape. If you’d like to see if vaping can help you quit, then check out our nzo Starter Kit.
If you still have cravings, or want to try going cold turkey, here are some more tips:
If you know you always have a cigarette with a cup of coffee, try switching to a different drink for a while, as the association could trigger you to have a smoke.
Cravings usually pass within ten minutes, so finding something to distract you for a little while can be enough to succeed in beating your cravings. Why not call a friend for a chat or set your mind to work on a quiz or puzzle?
The action of smoking can also be something your body and mind misses. Try to keep your mouth busy with a carrot stick, piece of chewing gum or a hard candy to suck on.
Getting physical is a great way of avoiding cravings. Not only can it distract you from the cravings, but the feel-good chemicals your brain releases after exercise can make you feel a lot better without the cigarette.
It doesn’t have to be a full routine or workout, simply go for a walk, go up and down the stairs, jog in place or do some chores!