If one wants to reach smoking cessation, there is a massive mound of research and alternative remedies to choose from. Smoking is just one of many crutches people worldwide contend with. There are many ways one can reach smoking cessation such as through sex, candy, and alternative remedies. Although, recent research indicates reduced depression in individuals enduring what is known as “smoking cessation.” There is a stark distinction between cessation and withdrawal, and for this reason alone, many people will continue smoking despite the risk of cancer and inevitable death.
Withdrawal causes light-headedness (due to the increased blood flow), increased appetite, and weight gain. The National Institutes of Health furthers this list by adding depression, anxiety, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, headache, and difficulty concentrating as symptoms of withdrawal. A major factor playing in the role of relapse is the stimulants people use to wean off nicotine. These include nicotine gum, patches, electronic cigarettes, lozenges and sometimes even chewing tobacco, just to name a few. Of course, these alternative choices have their own side effects, and are a crutch on their own.
WebMD cites how big a role stress can play on someone trying to kick the habit. There are logistics involved one must consider, in the sense of energy and mood playing as the mode to success. Someone trying to quit must adjust their expectations to reach smaller goal sets during the many weeks of this venture. Being able to detect signs of stress before they get too close is a beneficial method of preventing relapse.
Relaxation techniques should be studied and practiced while enjoyment is maintained as a key tenet. There are many ways of doing this, with variations per individual. A spouse or significant other can effectively contribute by encouraging this behavior and rewarding their partner in a number of ways: affectionately, romantically, intellectually, and humorously.
Time Magazine cites a 65-participant study where researchers used a plethysmograph to detect changes in circumference and hardness of a man’s penis. They discovered that smokers in cessation were able to obtain firmer erections much faster than smokers in relapse. The plethysmograph detects and measures changes in volume in different areas of the body. It is very useful in detecting changes in blood flow and alerting a doctor to possible blood clots in human appendages. Dr. Michael Roizen claims men who smoke are risking erectile dysfunction, which is somewhat explained by the study. If one chooses sex as the way to reach smoking cessation, that bit of information should be encouragement enough.
A team at the University of North Carolina helped develop what is known as the adeno-associated virus (AAV). Ronald Crystal of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York used the AAV to inject a gene into mice to produce nicotine antibodies. It showed that the antibodies were able to adhere to the nicotine and prevent it from entering the brain. Though this has shown some health risks, it presents companies with a new idea. With the AAV or a similar mechanism, they will be able to manufacture a product that can manipulate genes and antibodies in order to trick the mind into cessation.
Many studies are running concurrently with AAV studies, but there are natural home remedies one can obtain his or herself, and that can be through the use of sugar, hard candy, soda, and other less harmful substances. Since sex is a natural exercise for people of age, it should be considered a healthy option.
Nicotine is the number one desired drug ingredient in cigarettes. It is the reason people get hooked and keep coming back for more at any cost. Once inhaled, it enters the bloodstream though absorption at the lining of the lungs. The brain is soon thereafter triggered to release adrenaline,causing circulatory and cardiovascular changes. If the withdrawals can be overcome, quitting should lead to greater enjoyment in life, sex being just one way to reach complete smoking cessation. This type of physical activity should help reverse the damage done to the circulatory and cardiovascular systems over the years from smoking.
Editorial By Lindsey Alexander