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The Nicotine Patch – Is it a Gimmick?

You want to stop smoking and you say you want help.

So you do your research on the nicotine patches that are available.

You decide on a product and you start the process of wearing the patch for ten to thirty or more days.

And at the end you should have eventually beaten the smoking habit.

But have you really? Has the patch along with the tips like drinking a certain amount of water daily, eating more fruits and vegetables helped? Has changing your daily diet and keeping track of your intake of certain foods helped to beat the craving for tobacco?

Nicotine Patch – A Psychological Enhancement Aid

Using Nicotine PatchesThe patch (choose any brand) acts as a psychological enhancement to make you think that it is helping you to quit smoking. It is a psychological win for the pharmaceutical industry because they provided the nicotine patch.

It is a psychological win for employers who working along with the pharmaceutical companies will give discounts and incentives for purchasing certain brands of patches. It is their way of saying they did their part for their nicotine cessation programs as part of their health and wellness curriculum.

The developers and promoters of the nicotine patches are hoping to really help you break the habit. They are hoping it will save both you and them down the road by decreasing or eradicating the healthcare costs for possible lung cancer illnesses.

The patches designed for smoking cessation may be a psychological win for you because you may feel that you have done your part to try and quit. The thinking behind daily patch use is that you will stop smoking, and hopefully in time before contracting lung cancer or other smoking related illnesses and diseases.

But, the truth of the matter is the patch use is really psychological. The nicotine patch you are using still contains the nicotine that got you addicted to smoking in the first place. Although the nicotine may not be the killer from cigarette smoking, rather the tar and carbon monoxide by product, but it is still a very unhealthy substance.

Nicotine Patch Side Effects

Yes the patch may help for a while but what if you have allergic reactions or skin irritations from the mix of the adhesive and nicotine contained within the patch that you have chosen to wear?

This happens quite often because skin is sensitive and the first indicator of nicotine patch side effects with external use is skin discomfort and irritations. Certain brands also state that for the first couple of days when using the patch you may side effects:

Known nicotine patch side effects include:

  • Headaches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

This happens while your body gets acclimated to using a patch. But even if you get past all the patch side effects and do not suffer irritations or the other side effects how long can you afford the cost of purchasing the patch, even if you receive nicotine patch discounts and incentives?

Okay don’t weaken from your desire to stop smoking and sustain from this unhealthy habit. There are much better alternatives, but if this an accessible alternative just remember it may be all psychological.

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Quit Smoking is the Way to Good Health

Cigarette smoking kills approximately 300,000 in the United States each year, and most of these people are seniors.

Lung cancer and emphysema are the best-known miserable outcomes.

However, accelerated development of atherosclerosis is the most important problem resulting from smoking.

This results in heart attacks and strokes, heart pains, leg pains, and many other problems. Pipe and cigar smoking do not have the pulmonary consequences that cigarette smoking does, but they do predispose to cancer of the lips, and tongue. Nicotine in any form has the same bad effects on the small blood vessels and thus accelerates development of atherosclerosis.

n.jpgIt is never too late to quit.

Only two years after stopping cigarette smoking, your risk of heart attack returns to average.

It has actually decreased substantially the very next day! After ten years your risk for lung cancer is back to nearly normal.

After only two years there is a decrease in lung cancer risk by perhaps one-third.

The development of emphysema is arrested for many people when they stop smoking, although this condition does not reverse. Seniors often feel that it is too late for changes in lifestyle to have beneficial effects on their health.

Not so. Most seniors have plenty of time to get major health benefits from quitting smoking. Remember that after age 65 men live an average of 15.4 more years and women 19.2 years. Chances of stroke and heart attack begin to go down immediately after you quit. Moreover, you will notice at once that your environment has become more friendly when you are not a smoker. Many of the daily hassles that impair the quality of your life go away when you stop offending others by this habit.

Many health educators are skeptical about cutting down slowly and stress that you need to stop completely. This may not always be true for seniors. For some people, rationing is a good way to get their smoking down to a much lower level, at which point it may be easier to stop entirely.

For example, the simple decision not to smoke in public can both help your health and decrease your daily hassles. To cut down, keep in the cigarette pack only those cigarettes you are going to allow yourself that day. Smoke the cigarettes only halfway down before extinguishing them.

There are many good stop-smoking courses offered through the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and local hospitals. Most people won’t need these, but they can be of help. Try by yourself first. Then, if you still need help, get it.

Nicotine chewing gum or patches can help some people quit, and your doctor can give you a prescription and advice. Don’t plan on this as a long-term solution, since the nicotine in the gum or patch is just as bad for your arteries as the nicotine in cigarettes.

The challenge to stop smoking is an example of your ability to make your own choices if you are trapped by your addictions, even the lesser ones, you can’t make your own choices. Victory over smoking behaviors improves your mental health, in part because this is a difficult victory. It can open the door to success in other areas.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/quit-smoking-is-the-way-to-good-health-220346.html

Rubbing His Hands All the Way to the Bank

I was half-an-hour late getting to Nicogel.

It was so difficult to find I almost gave up, eventually crossing a muddy yard and discovering a well-hidden door, the name of the company so small, you’d think they had something to hide.

Far from it. Nicogel turns out to be spectacular.

Take the following ingredients: the world’s first new tobacco product in 300 years, yet not a health-threat, a company which started only three years ago and is already worth more than £100m, sales in 42 countries, and an even more stupendous product on the starting block.

To start at the beginning.

The Nicogel offices are as unpromising inside as out; boss, founder and sole-owner John Walters is sitting in a very cramped office, but we go through to a tiny meeting room where an electric fire circa 1950s threatens to singe my skirt, which reminds me, one of the workers was outside having a fag when I arrived, obviously a case of cobblers shoes.

Picture of Nico GelDr Walters, 39, has never smoked, but he has absorbed plenty of nicotine and all the rest in the discovery and development of his product, an odourless gel that you rub into your hands instead of smoking a cigarette.

“Of course, I had to try it. I got pepped up by it, felt as if my vision sharpened, my heart rate increased, basically I felt high as a kite.” Wow, give me some.

As a non-smoker the gel seeping through the palms of his hands and into his blood stream had a much greater effect than it does on smokers, but the effect is enough to make them feel they have just smoked two or three.

Also, unlike nicotine gum and patches, Nicogel contains traces of 1,800 bio-actives in tobacco, only one of which is nicotine, and, according to Dr Walters, not enough in itself to stem a craving. Thus, he claims Nicogel as the first new tobacco product in 300 years.

The previous one, you may be interested to know, was the cigarette, developed by soldiers copying Turks they had seen rolling tobacco in paper and setting light to it. But the fag is still a relative newcomer itself, with the first tobacco products giving pleasure 6,000 years ago, and sometimes not – there used to be a tobacco enema.

Dr Walters, a Welshman who studied biochemistry at Oxford, started his first business a decade ago: “I’ve had five businesses,” he says, “all in new product development – an anti-inflammatory, appetite suppressant, stabilizing system for beverages, some of them are still confidential, all of them have now been sold.”

He was doing some work for a Japanese beer company that wanted a particular ingredient placed in an ale when he had the Eureka moment for Nicogel.

“It started with computer modeling. One night I was sitting up late with a glass of wine and I was suddenly struck by the similarity of this ingredient to nicotine, but nicotine is a bit unstable in liquid.

“I thought about shampoo and various other possibilities before reaching hand gel.” Imagine, you can now enjoy the pleasure of a cigarette without even striking a match, not upsetting your non-smoking companions or damaging anyone’s health.

Dr Walters admits the only drawback is the “hand to mouth” action of smoking, which can be as addictive as the weed itself, but I suppose you could always suck a pencil.

Nicogel is made from pure tobacco processed into a liquid and put into a cosmetic.

“More than eight out of 10 smokers who have tried it say they get cigarette satisfaction,” Dr John says.

It is worth noting that Nicogel is not quite the same as gum and patches because it is billed as “an alternative” to smoking, rather than an aid to giving up; even so, many people do quit: “In November I began rubbing Nicogel into may hands whenever anyone around me lit up. Within three weeks I was down to a couple of cigarettes a day and soon I quit completely,” says Andrew Wadsworth, a graphic designer.

Nicogel is also poised for its big moment, with 30,000 pubs and bars across the UK planning to install dispensing machines before next summer when smoking is banned in public places and private clubs.

It is already on sale worldwide, and was snapped up by Tesco at an early stage. A pot of gel costs £10, a pack of 10 sachets, £3, with each working for between two and four hours: “It works out at 20% of the cost of smoking,” the doctor says. “It can go everywhere a cigarette can’t go, and you can advertise it.”

Mighty WalMart in the US wants Nicogel in 36,000 of its stores by the end of March, and discussions are in progress with two of the world’s five top tobacco companies, which could mean an early sale for Dr John’s company.

But maybe not. Nicogel, hidden away in the Fens somewhere north of Ely, is already running three shifts to meet demand and will soon be moving into much larger premises, although equally unprepossessing. Here, the company will be working on Dietgel, a handrub that takes away your appetite.

Dr John says it is a “stop nibbling” product and he has already taken orders for 150 million units.

It is based on green tea, or the polycatechins (“pretty word, isn’t it?” Dr John says). “They switch off hunger signals and switch on the body’s ability to use its own reserves. It’s an incredibly beautiful way of stopping hunger without being excessive.”

Although lean and lithe himself – he likes jogging – he has tried Dietgel, too.

“I like running, but when I get home from a jog I will eat the door off the fridge, but I didn’t with the gel.”

Rubbing his hands all the way to the bank, the doctor is not unambitious when it comes to predicting the sales performance of Dietgel: “We will have to open a bank on the moon,” he says, “change the tide when we cash the cheque.”

He happened across the idea for Dietgel while leafing through old books, some published up to 200 years ago as he was researching an appetite suppressant for a soft drinks company.

But it has not all been straightforward, even though he funded everything from his own pocket and has no investors or co-directors to answer to: “We have had to fight off one of the biggest companies, making nicotine, who have tried everything to put us out of business.”

This is hardly surprising when you hear that the quit smoking market is worth $20 billion a year, and the tobacco market, $380 billion.Value of the diet industry worldwide is too great to work out, but Dr John’s staff at Nicogel US, his American subsidiary, reckon they will do $1 billion in the first year with Dietgel. The company, which initially test-marketed its first product on e-Bay, where it “sold and sold and sold”, then caught the eye of Tesco, is currently growing at 120% a month. It employs about 40 people, rarely all at one time, but will be needing more staff in the new year.

If you would like to try Nicogel, there are 100 free packs available for News readers. Simply email customercare@nicogel-uk.com

Source: This article is from Cambridge Evening News

Wanted: Those Who Want to Quit Smoking

The Chicago STOP Smoking Research Project is being conducted at the University of Chicago, in Hyde Park.

The goal of the study is to help you quit smoking and stay quit.

The study includes 6 counseling sessions, a one month’s supply of nicotine patches, and a 50% chance of receiving the study medication (naltrexone) or a placebo (sugar pill).

No Smoking SignParticipants receive travel reimbursements and $230 in financial compensation for completing study interviews and measures.

We will enroll participants between June, 2006 and August, 2008. If you are interested in the study, please go to the following link for more information and learn about other studies in your area:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=965032216171

For more information visit their website:

http://stopsmoking.uchicago.edu