Prepare to quit smoking well

Prepare to quit smoking well

Finally non-smokers: plan your New Year's resolution well
Finally becoming a non-smoker - for many people this plan is at the top of the list of good resolutions for the new year. A very good idea, because smoking poses many dangers and risks and, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is still the number one cause of avoidable death. In order to get rid of the cigarette in the long term, smoking cessation should be well planned.

Nicotine activates “reward center” in the brain Quitting smoking is one of the most important concerns for the new year for many people. But especially when smoking cessation is started spontaneously and without preparation, the good intentions do not last long in many cases. “Almost every smoker has tried to quit. But this is difficult for many because nicotine is addictive, ”explains the Vice President of the Federal Chamber of Pharmacists Thomas Benkert. If you smoke, you activate the so-called "reward center" in the brain (medical: mesolimbic system) through the nicotine contained in cigarettes, which makes the smoker feel awake and relaxed for a short time. According to Thomas Benkert, however, it becomes problematic if the body no longer receives “replenishment” of nicotine, because then withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and restlessness would occur. This is exactly where, according to the expert, there is a risk for anyone who wants to quit smoking - because in order to prevent or stop these unpleasant sensations, "many people who want to quit are lighting the next cigarette."

Analyzing and rethinking smoking habits for long-term success Smoking cessation should therefore be well thought out and planned for long-term success. According to the pharmacist Benkert, it is important that everyone who wants to quit first becomes clear about the rituals and habits associated with smoking. In the next step, alternatives for these situations without a cigarette should be considered: If, for example, the cup of coffee in the morning was automatically associated with smoking, it can be helpful here to switch to another drink - at least until you drink one Coffee no longer automatically sends the “Smoking!” Stimulus to the brain.

In the acute case, the three “A tips” help. However, if all thoughts are only on smoking during the weaning phase, it is not far to reach for the cigarette again. In this case, Thomas Benkert recommends using the "three 'A tips': postponing - take a deep breath about ten times. Second, evasion, for example avoiding the smoking area in the station. Third, distracting people, like calling someone. Instead of a cigarette, you can also put a lollipop in your mouth. Then the hands and lips are also busy. ”

Nicotine substitutes pointless if internal attitudes are not changed In parallel, over-the-counter medicines with nicotine could also help the pharmacist to alleviate physical withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine chewing gum would be particularly suitable for former occasional smokers, because if necessary, these would be chewed slowly and left in the mouth for as long as the “temptation” is over. For regular smokers, on the other hand, the pharmacist recommends nicotine patches that stay on the skin for up to 24 hours and thus constantly release a small amount of nicotine into the blood. However, those who want to quit should not expect too much from the medication, because those who are not really convinced of the smoking cessation will find it very difficult to keep going without it: “Nicotine substitutes alone are usually not enough to say goodbye to the cigarette . You also have to change your inner attitude. "

Homeopathy and hydrotherapy as natural supporters of smoking cessation So there is unfortunately no "miracle cure" for smoking cessation - but as an alternative to medicines, naturopathy also offers some options to support smoking cessation. If you suffer from withdrawal symptoms, homeopathy can help, for example: Nux vomica is particularly suitable for irritated and nervous moods as well as for exhaustion and problems with the concentration of acidum phosphoricum. If the desire for a cigarette is particularly great, Plantago major or Lobelia inflata also help. The therapeutic use of water in the form of so-called “hydrotherapy” can also be very effective in the event of withdrawal symptoms. Here, among other things, baths, treading water or washes help to control nervousness, tension or fatigue. (No)

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Video: Treatment of Nicotine Dependence and Tobacco Cessation (November 2020).