Smoking cigarettes is the No. 1 most harmful habit in the world, and is the leading preventable cause of death. Every year, 5 million people die from tobacco related illnesses; that’s more than the population of Costa Rica! And 480,000 of those deaths are in the United States alone. Smoking tobacco products has been linked to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes. Even considering all this information, smoking cigarettes is still a hard habit to kick. There are several cessation aids and smoking alternatives that can make a drastic difference in a smoker’s battle to quit.

For many smokers, smoking cigarettes becomes a habit largely due to the oral fixation. This is a psychological battle that hinders the quitting progress of many smokers. Chewing gum is a great way to curb this fixation. Letting your mouth get a workout each time you feel the urge to smoke can help a lot. Also, there is nicotine gum, which has been proven to greatly assist in the quitting process. This gum is like a step-by-step program. The starter gums have more nicotine than the more “advanced” quitting gum. This weans the body off of the nicotine slowly.

Dark chocolate has been proven to be effective in helping smokers quit. Again, it allows the mouth to do some work, thereby fulfilling the oral fixation. Dark chocolate also causes the body to increase its dopamine levels. Dopamine is one of the most important chemicals in the brain because it invokes pleasure and satisfaction. Nicotine also causes a rise in dopamine levels. Therefore, if you eat dark chocolate when having a nicotine craving, you body will get a bit of the satisfied feeling it gets when smoking. This might be the route for you.

Vaping is another great way to kick the habit. This method uses a vaping device, which vaporizes a liquid so it can be inhaled, that simulates the process of smoking. This can be a great way to fulfill the oral fixation, and utilize the nicotine gum strategy, all at once. The liquid for vaping has nicotine which is measured in milligrams. “Vapers”, or folks who vape, can get mixtures anywhere from 0-25 mg. This means that you can find the perfect starting point, according to how often you are used to smoking cigarettes, and gradually wean off of the nicotine. Many vapers continue to vape long after they have quit the nicotine. This is due to several reasons like wanting to be trendy, enjoying the experience of vaping, and not being successful at quitting the oral fixation.

Vaping is generally best started with a device that has an adjustable voltage setting on the battery housing, or “mod.” The battery delivers the amount of voltage you want to a coil, which heats up and vaporizes the liquid. Mechanical mods for vaping are perfect for those who want to upgrade their devices. Because they are mechanical, there are no electronics to break or wear out, and they tend to have a longer lifespan. The risk is that the electronic battery packs have safety features built-in. Mechanical mods don’t, and, therefore, should only be used by someone who has vaped for at least a little while.

So, now that you have some ideas to make quitting smoking cigarettes easier, let’s check out some odd facts about smoking cigarettes. Yes; these are intended to scare you a bit. Each and every cigarette you smoke reduces your lifespan by about 11 minutes. Every day, about 4,000 teens smoke their first cigarette in the U.S. Smoking near some computer brands voids the warranty. Over 30% of cancer could be prevented by avoiding tobacco products. These are some of the frightening facts of cigarette smoking. I am calling you to action now! I dare you! Try one of the aforementioned methods, quit smoking, and live a healthier, fuller life!

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