Quit Sucking on Smoke

smoking1stickers4Quitting cigarettes is one of the most difficult habits to kick. With so many quit aids out there that are supposed to help you stop, which one is right for you? Only you and your doctor can really answer that question, but it helps to have some information on all the stop smoking aids before you make a decision.  Using MedsMinders helps guide you and track your progress and success.  If you don’t get quitting smoking then try this really simple method – just say to yourself you will not smoke after breakfast or noon and then keep pushing the time back until later then the next day and another day until you just quit and then work on watching your weight gain and better health until you find that smoking is truly the most disgusting habit and sucking smoke of any kind is the most insidious addiction humanity has created. Smoking also stinks so badly it makes many people puke.

smoking2CHANTIX  – is a 3 month medication treatment that is supposed to help you stop smoking and stop your desire to smoke. Since the treatment is flexible, it can last longer than 3 months depending on your needs. Since the medication starts out at a low dose and increases, it’s good to have a remind set to make sure you are taking it on time. It is also important to add the food and water requirements to the special instructions area of the app. Since you are supposed to eat before taking the pills, it is a good idea to also put a reminder to eat before it. With the recent black box warning by the FDA, it is important to monitor yourself for any side effects. It is best to keep a list of these side effects handy. You could add them into the app with the medication.
Zyban – is a 7 – 12 week treatment program that is supposed to make you stop smoking by taking away the withdrawals, cravings, and desire to smoke. Since the medication increases as you take it, it is important to use a reminder system to make sure you are taking the correct pills at the correct time. The program is intended to be taken 3 weeks before your actual quit date. With the recent black box warning by the FDA, it is important to monitor yourself for any side effects. It is best to keep a list of these side effects handy. You could add them into the app with the medication.

E-Cigarettes/Vaping – can be a great alternative to smoking as well as a quit aid. They are available with or without nicotine. There are also different concentrations of nicotine, so it is possible to step down from your current strength to quit all together. If you just want to nicotine and it’s all the other bad chemicals you are trying to get away from, then vaping could be an option for you. There are far less chemicals in them, just make sure you are getting the oil from a reputable retailer or make your own.
smoking4Patches – are a nicotine delivery system through the skin that helps to ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings. They are only effective when used correctly. It is important to read the directions provided with the patches and then keep those directions handy. Putting the most important directions into your reminder app with the time you should apply the new patch is a good way to have them handy all the time. Since the patch can cause skin irritation, it is recommended to put a new patch in a different spot.