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Quitting Alternatives

There are several options to aid you when quitting smoking. From nicotine replacement therapy, to patches, gum, lozenges, tablets, mouth sprays, inhalers, certain medications and physical activity. Ultimately, the best option will be down to personal preference, and you should always consult a medical professional.


A slow and steady response product, nicotine patches attach to your skin like a band-aid. This will give a measured and steady dose of nicotine whilst you’re wearing the patch. It may take a few hours for the nicotine levels in your body to rise to what is appropriate to help you stop smoking. Nicotine patches have helped many people kick the habit and over time reliance on patches should reduce until you’re smoke free.

Chewing gum, lozenges, tablets, mouth sprays and inhalers

A product with a very quick response to overcome intense cravings, these will deliver nicotine almost immediately upon use. There are plenty of options available and as always personal preference will be important here in helping you overcome smoking. Picking something that will be comfortable to include in your daily routine should give you the best chance to kick the habit entirely.


Quitting smoking can often lead to withdrawal symptoms that pull you back into smoking. Further, the withdrawal symptoms can be decidedly unpleasant, including irritability, sleep issues, headaches, restlessness, and increased appetite. There are two well-known types of prescription medication that may help reduce the withdrawal symptoms. One in particular blocks the nicotine receptors in the brain, making smoking less satisfying. Speaking to a doctor about any prescription medication is important, as these are not suitable for everyone.

Physical activity

One of the great benefits to physical activity is to your general health (other than stopping smoking of course!). Exercise can distract you from your nicotine cravings and reduce the intensity of these cravings.

Avoiding triggers

There can be triggers associated with when you want to smoke most. For example, after a meal, with a drink or in a social situation. Whilst triggers will be impossible to overcome completely, in the early days of trying to quit smoking, avoiding these triggers, and creating a distraction can help.