Nicotine Pouches to Quit Smoking – Once and for All
If you’re reading this article then you‘ve been trying, or at least have thought of trying, to quit smoking.
You may have already attempted a bunch of different things like pharmaceutical nicotine gum and/or patches, self-help materials, community programs or one-one-counseling.
You’ve maybe even tried motivational lectures while driving or done some crazy stuff like hypnosis or electric shock therapy, out of desperation!
You may be thinking that if all that stuff hasn’t worked, nothing will.
With Nicotine Pouches You Can Do It!
Although every attempt so far has been unsuccessful, don’t give up! There is another way that can help you reach your goal.
The problem with all those other alternative smoking cessation tools and techniques is that they don’t work for everyone and sometimes only work in the short term but don’t really stick.
The thing is that, other than developing an addiction to nicotine, we actually form a relationship with our cigarettes that we don’t really want to break.
Smoking is enjoyable to so many people, not only because of the way nicotine makes us feel but also, because we may actually love the smell and taste of tobacco, and even the feeling of holding a cigarette between our fingers, and having it in our mouth.
Smoking: More than just Nicotine Addiction
A real smoker can associate almost all their daily activities, if not all, with having a smoke: waking up, working, unwinding, taking a break, and even using the bathroom…just to name a few.
Smoking a cigarette acts in a similar way to drinking a cup of coffee: it can have an exciting effect or a relaxing effect, depending on the time of day.
Some of us like to wake up with a cigarette and also end our day with one, and even have one when we take a well-needed break in the middle of a busy day or need to relieve some stress.
Smoking for Fun
Smoking is not only something most smokers enjoy doing alone, but for many, it’s a recreational activity that can be enjoyed around a nice meal with friends or just hanging out at a bar.
As a smoker or as someone who’s tried to quit once, or many times, you know how hard quitting can be.
So, how can you make quitting smoking easier and actually be successful at it?
Well, the first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you want to quit nicotine altogether or just quit smoking.
Smoking – Why Quit?
As you know, smoking involves lighting up and actually burning the contents of a cigarette and inhaling the smoke into your lungs.
Just like the oxygen you breathe, nicotine gets into your bloodstream mostly through your lungs.
Smoking a Lethal Cocktail
However, you’re not just getting nicotine into your body when you smoke; you’re bringing a smoky cocktail of nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, among 70 other toxic cancer-causing chemicals into your lungs, with each and every puff.
For more details about what’s in cigarette smoke, or if you’re interested in learning more about smoking and its adverse health implications, click on the following link: What’s in cigarette smoke?
The negative health effects of smoking and second-hand smoke have been known for quite some time now, leading most governments throughout the world to take appropriate action and ban smoking in all enclosed public places including, and not limited to, bars, restaurants, casinos, discotheques, workplaces and public transport.
Click the highlighted links for a comprehensive list of European smoking bans and a list of smoking bans in the United States.
Smoking Addiction vs. Nicotine Addiction
It is a known fact that what makes smoking addictive is the nicotine dependence, however, dependency without harm cannot be described as an addiction.
Addiction is harmful, dependence is not.
So essentially, once smokers, who are addicted to cigarettes, stop smoking but continue to use nicotine in other forms, the whole “addiction” talk goes out the window.
Yes, nicotine causes several biological responses such as “increase in blood pressure, heart rate, flow of blood to the heart…” that can be described as side-effects, but even those are sometimes beneficial depending on the motive.
For example, many athletes specifically use smokeless tobacco or tobacco-free nicotine pouches to get the stamina that nicotine produces without dealing with the harmful health effects of smoking.
In fact, the reason why smoking is bad for us, is essentially because of the by-products produced by burning and inhaling tobacco. Just take a look at how a cigarette is engineered and you’ll understand that it is “the design, and content of cigarettes [that] continue to make them attractive, addictive, and deadly”.
As described above, smoking leads to terrible health effects but what about the effects of nicotine ?
You may be surprised to learn that nicotine is not only found in tobacco, but also in other plants and vegetables for example: tomatoes, eggplant (aubergine) and potatoes, also called nightshades, although in very small amounts.
We even have nicotine receptors in our brain!
Effects of Nicotine on the Brain
- Behavioral effects (not completely clear how they are produced)
- Feeling of pleasure/Reward (increased dopamine)
- Enhanced cognition /Attention (increased acetylcholine)
- Stimulation/Arousal (Increased norepinephrine)
Some people can actually benefit from the effects of nicotine although there may be some form of dependence associated with it. Actually, clinical studies have shown that nicotine offers some degree of neuroprotection and “could help protect the brain as it ages, and even ward off Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease”.
Using Snus to Quit Smoking
If you still want to feel the effects of nicotine without bearing the harmful effects of smoking, then using snus may be a good solution for you.
Snus can be tobacco-free, called nicotine pouches or nicopods. If you prefer using tobacco, then traditional snus is the way to go. Or you may actually want to try both.
The average amount of nicotine in a single cigarette is 12 mg on average, although by the end of smoking a cigarette, you’ve only inhaled about 1-2 mg of nicotine, about 10-20%.
The same applies to snus and nicotine pouches. However, snus and nicotine pouches can last up to an hour compared to a cigarette that can be smoked in about 5 minutes.
Both snus and nicotine pouches are a great way to kick the habit and actually succeed at being smokefree without going through the difficulties of nicotine withdrawal.
BAT – British American Tobacco claims the following:
“Snus is a heat-treated, finely-ground, moist tobacco sold either loose or in pouches. There is increasing consensus that snus represents substantially lower overall health risks than cigarettes. The findings of a recent study indicates that, for some smokers, switching to snus can be an effective way of quitting smoking (Harm Reduction Journal, 2012, 9:10).”
Swedish Snus vs. Nicotine Pouches
Nicotine pouches, as opposed to traditional Swedish snus, are tobacco-free.
A few facts you need to know about nicotine pouches:
- Nicotine pouches are artificially flavored or flavored with essential oils or both and will not taste like tobacco.
- Nicotine pouches are typically filled with natural resins and all white fibers that will not stain your teeth like tobacco.
- Nicotine pouches come in a range of strengths from mild nicotine strength to extremely strong nicotine strength. The choice is yours. You may choose to start with regular strength nicotine pouches in the 10-12 mg/g range if you are a smoker, since this is about the same as the nicotine concentration in a cigarette, and slowly work your way down to lighter concentrations until you wean yourself off completely, slowly and gently.
- Nicotine pouches will not give you bad breath or make you smell like an ashtray.
- Nicotine pouches fit discreetly under your lip (between the gums and cheeks) and are not even noticeable to anyone around you.
- Unlike cigarettes, nicotine pouches can be used everywhere and anywhere with ease and without provoking unwanted attention.
- Nicotine pouches do not drip like tobacco snus and will last as long as a white portion snus.
If you’re not ready to give up tobacco because you just love the flavor too much, you can also get traditional Swedish snus in loose or portion format, or even get tobacco flavored nicotine pouches.
Today’s smoke-free tobacco/nicotine alternatives provide you with a wide range of choices that will give you the feeling, flavor and mouthfeel you crave without causing you a serious health risk.
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