How will I Know What Products to Use for Quitting Smoking?

So that’s it, you’ve made the big decision to quit smoking, you’ve vowed to your friends and family that “this is the last one, tomorrow is a fresh start!” 


Let’s face it though, it’s a jungle out there- nicotine patches, gum, inhalators, vaping, e-cigarettes, prescribed medicines, heated tobacco, cold turkey and let’s not get started on the hypnosis! 


How do you really know which nicotine replacement product or stop smoking therapy will help you quit the cigarettes for good? 


With so many alternatives out there, we’re taking some time to break it down, simplify it and essentially take the stress out of stopping smoking. I can imagine a cigarette is the first thing you turn to when the stress gets too much, so you certainly don’t need the added stress of figuring out what nicotine replacement product is going to keep you away from them! 


It’s important to know that everyone is different, what works for one smoker, might not work for the next! Our aim is to help you rule out the products that don’t sound like the right fit for you and guide you towards a suitable alternative that’s going to give you the right tools and satisfaction to keep you on your smokefree journey!


Firstly let’s look at the action of smoking, it’s not only the nicotine you need, it’s the ritual, the “stepping outside for some ‘fresh’ air”, the little bit of time to yourself perhaps, the moment where all you’re focussing on is your cigarette, tapping the ash away, the hand to mouth, inhale, exhale...we can’t forget that this is such a huge part of smoking. 


Back in the day, before nicotine patches or gum and definitely before vaping existed- my Dad wanted to quit smoking. I’ll never forget him telling me about his experience. I’ve heard from him time and time again that it was the hand-to-mouth motion that he missed the most. So, being the logical and inventive guy that he is...he turned to straws and toothpicks! My Mum on the other hand- she tried to quit using just plain old minty chewing gum. Ultimately what we see here is, before there were all of these new fandangled cigarette alternatives, smokers looking to quit needed a solution that replaced or mimicked the actual experience and actions of smoking a cigarette. 


That being said- we do need to consider what your body has been getting from smoking and that is nicotine! Where there’s a will there’s a way, but if you’ve been smoking and you’re looking to quit, the simple fact is that you will likely need something to help with nicotine cravings. 


Willpower can be an amazing thing, but there are occasions where you’ll simply find yourself craving a cigarette and the last thing you want is a sudden urge to buy cigarettes. Whether those cravings are due to a stressful day, or simply the habit of smoking when you’re out for drinks with friends- you need to have a solution to address them and if willpower alone ain’t cutting it, then you need to find a solution that will! 

Speaking of solutions, it’s about time we get to the good stuff. What products are actually available for quitting smoking and how will you know what product will help YOU...quit!


Nicotine Patches

You can find nicotine patches at local pharmacies, supermarkets and newsagents. These products work by delivering small doses of nicotine through your skin, so as to reduce your cravings. You can, if you wish- progress through a series of increasingly lower dose patches, until you’re essentially weaned off of nicotine. 


Nicotine Gum

The oral habit of smoking can sometimes be as difficult to break as the nicotine addiction itself. Over-the-counter nicotine gums deliver nicotine to help reduce your cravings. Like patches smokers begin with a higher dose or frequency, reducing it over time to wean themselves off of nicotine. Unlike patches, nicotine gum also gives quitting smokers something to do with their mouth!


Nicotine Lozenges

Nicotine lozenges are another nicotine replacement product sold over the counter. They are short-acting and you can take around 20 lozenges each day to control cravings.


Nicotine Spray

Nicotine mouth spray allows nicotine to be absorbed into your bloodstream through the inside lining of your mouth. A nicotine mouth spray quickly releases nicotine into your body. This is a fast-acting form of NRT that is normally used in conjunction with nicotine patches.


Vaping or E-Cigarettes

An e-cigarette is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine in a vapour rather than smoke. E-cigarettes don't contain tobacco and don't produce tar or carbon monoxide, two of the most damaging constituents in cigarette smoke. E-cigarettes work by heating e-liquid that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine, and flavourings. Using an e-cigarette is known as vaping. Ideal for smokers who want to mimic the hand to mouth action of smoking and the ritual of smoking a cigarette. If you want to find out more about vaping- why not book a Vape Clinic Appointment at VPZ?


Nicotine Pouches

A nicotine pouch is a tobacco-free nicotine substitute which you simply put under your lip instead of going out for a smoke for instance. The pouch contains natural fibers, nicotine and fresh flavours to taste good while still delivering a nicotine release


Heated Tobacco or Heat not Burn

Heat-not-burn products, also known as heated tobacco products, only heat tobacco.The heat generates an aerosol or smoke to be inhaled from the tobacco, which contains and delivers nicotine. Again, this alternative mimics the ritual of smoking and offers the users the hand to mouth action of smoking and the ritual of smoking a cigarette.


Armed with this knowledge of what’s available to you, let’s break down some facts and figures, some success stories and some simple pros and cons.


A report published by Public Health England on 23 February 2021 has stated that evidence suggests vaping is better than nicotine replacement therapy for stopping smoking.


Nicotine vaping products were the most popular aid (27.2%) used by smokers trying to quit in England in 2020


it is estimated that in 2017, more than 50,000 smokers stopped smoking with the aid of a vaping or e-cigarette product who would otherwise have carried on smoking.


Using a vaping product as part of a quit attempt in local stop smoking services had some of the highest quit success rates – between 59.7% and 74% in 2019 and 2020


In England in 2020, nicotine vaping products were the most popular aid used by smokers trying to quit, with 27.2% of smokers using a vaping product compared with 18.2% using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products (such as patches and gum) and 4.4% using the prescription medicine varenicline.


Evidence over the years suggests that as the use of vaping products in quit attempts increases, the number of successful quits in England also increases. It is estimated that in 2017, more than 50,000 smokers stopped smoking with the aid of a vaping product who would otherwise have carried on smoking. Data from systematic reviews since PHE’s 2018 report show that vaping products were significantly more effective for helping people stop smoking than NRT.


If you fancy some more simple pros and cons though, we’ve made this handy chart showing what each of these cigarette alternatives can offer smokers looking to quit. 



Cigarette Alternative

Hand to mouth motion

Nicotine 

Less Harmful than smoking

Releases Vapour

Cold Turkey

N

N

Y

N

Nicotine Patches

N

Y

Y

N

Nicotine Gum

N

Y

Y

N

Nicotine Lozenges

N

Y

Y

N

Nicotine Spray

Y

Y

Y

N

Vaping or E-Cigarettes

Y

Y

Y

Y

Nicotine Pouches

N

Y

Y

N

Heated Tobacco

Y

Y

Y

Y


So it’s safe to say you’re clued up on the alternatives to smoking, this list may not be exhaustive, but it certainly gives you an insight into what cigarette alternatives are available. 


If you’re looking for personalised advice, more information and the chance to try some of these alternatives, VPZ offers not only 5 cigarette alternatives in-store or online, but also a Vape Clinic for smokers looking to quit. 


Vape Clinic is a free service, a dedicated one-to-one and face-to-face consultation with our E-Cigarette Specialists.


We know the reason that smokers try and fail with vaping is down to the wrong initial advice and having the wrong device, liquid and nicotine strength to begin with. Our approach is different and is proven to help quit smoking time and time again - we specialise in listening to each individual customer’s needs, educating them, providing knowledge, support and advice and understand that each customer is unique and needs a tailored approach to successfully quit.


At VPZ’s Vape Clinic, our team of e-cigarette specialists will take time to discuss your current smoking habits and talk you through the various alternatives available. The team will then tailor products, specialist guidance and advice, ensuring you have the right tools and knowledge to give you the best chance of success on your cigarette free journey. 


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