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Smoking is highly addictive in nature, primarily because of the presence of high amounts of nicotine present in tobacco. Many people try to quit smoking because of the well known health risks associated with smoking. Initially, most people try going the cold turkey way – quitting smoking through sheer willpower alone. But few manage to succeed because of nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, headaches and uncontrollable craving for cigarettes. Habitual smokers tend to develop a chemical dependency on nicotine, and the body gets used to having a certain amount of nicotine at all times.

How does nicotine replacement therapy help in smoking cessation?

Smoking cessation products based on nicotine replacement therapy help you to cope with withdrawal symptoms and even ease them to a certain extent. Available in the form of gums, patches, inhalers and lozenges, nicotine replacement therapy uses a gradual approach to smoking cessation. These products release small, controlled amounts of nicotine into your body to ease withdrawal symptoms. The amount of nicotine released in your body is gradually reduced until you no longer feel the urge to smoke. Nicotine replacement products enable you to overcome the behavioural and psychological barriers to smoking cessation without being saddled with the problem of withdrawal symptoms. This can increase your chances of successful smoking cessation.

How do products based on non-nicotine replacement therapy help in smoking cessation?

Champix is one of the most effective prescription medications currently on the market. Varenicline – the active ingredient present in Champix – belongs to a class of drugs known as acetylcholine receptors. Varenicline works according to a unique dual mode of action. It binds itself to the nicotine receptors in your brain in order to prevent the cigarette nicotine from reaching them. It then releases small, controlled amounts of dopamine – the chemical that is responsible for the pleasurable sensations associated with nicotine addiction. This helps to ease nicotine withdrawal symptoms and gradually get rid of your desire to smoke.

What makes this non-nicotine based product better is that unlike products based on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), varenicline does not pump extra amounts of nicotine in your body. This increases the efficacy and safety of this product and gives it an edge over nicotine replacement therapy.

To maintain good health you need to follow a proper diet, exercise regularly and life a good life style. A good lifestyle does not necessarily mean living the rich life. As far as your health is concerned, living the good life means maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding things that can be detrimental to your health, such as smoking. You can do all the other things that mandate a healthy lifestyle but if you smoke then you are defeating your purpose. There are numerous smoking health risks that you need to be aware of.

The concept that there are smoking health risks is certainly not a new idea. The surgeon general has been stamping one warning or another on the side of cigarette packs and cartons since the 1960’s. The most commonly known risk of smoking is lung cancer, but this is just the top of a long list of smoking health risks. There are many other long term conditions that can be developed as a result of smoking.

It has been estimated that nearly as many people die of cardiovascular conditions as a result of smoking as those that die of lung cancer. There is an almost equally as large group of people that die from emphysema due to this bad habit. These are just two of the many chronic conditions that can be associated with this.

You may have heard all of this before and wondered how it could possibly be true. You may wonder what affect this can actually have on your health. The important thing to know is that there are 4000 chemicals and at least 400 toxins that are contained in cigarettes.

It is the burning of the tobacco that causes these toxins to be emitted. The residues that are evident in a cigarette are concentrated toward the butt; this means that the part of the cigarette closest to you is the most dangerous part of it. These compounds include tar (which is known to cause cancer), nicotine (which can be connected with elevated levels of cholesterol in a smokers body), carbon monoxide (which is responsible for a reduction of oxygen in the body), and other components that are believed to cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

This list of conditions is just part of the smoking health risks. There are other conditions that are believed to be the result of the toxins that enter the body as the result of smoking. Yeast infections are even believed to be associated with the affect these toxins have on the body.