The Truth about Nicotine Gum and Patches
Tired of having to leave your favorite Austin music venues to smoke but worried about giving up nicotine?
A lot of people try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), which includes nicotine gum (such as Nicorette), nicotine lozenges, nicotine patches, and nicotine inhalers. The idea is that you can taper off of nicotine addiction slowly—I’ll explain why that doesn’t work in a minute.
But first let’s just look at the side effects of NRT. According to this website, you can expect six months of:
- heart palpitations and chest pains
- nausea and vomiting (sounds fun so far, huh?)
- gastrointestinal complaints (in other words, farting)
- insomnia (because you didn’t need to sleep anyway, right?)
- skin irritation (if you use a patch)
- mouth and throat soreness (for gum and lozenges)
- mouth ulcers (yuck!)
- coughing (wait—wasn’t that why you quit smoking?)
Now, tobacco companies want you to think that nicotine is this amazing drug you are hopelessly addicted to—because they want you to keep emptying your wallet for them.
But here’s the truth about nicotine: If nicotine really was such a great drug, kids would be sneaking nicotine gum at school. People on airplanes and in bars would suck on nicotine lozenges instead of wanting to go outside to smoke. Pharmacies would have problems with people breaking in to steal nicotine inhalers. But none of that happens, because smoking is habit, not an addiction to nicotine.
What Works Better than Nicotine Replacement Therapy (without the nasty side-effects)?
According to this research, hypnosis for smoking cessation is far more effective than nicotine gum, patches, inhalers, or lozenges—not only at helping you quit, but helping you stay quit for good.
Why? Because smoking is not just about nicotine. It’s about unconscious patterns. It’s about methods of coping with stress. It’s about self-image. It’s about freeing yourself from cigarettes, not just figuring out something else to be hooked on.
So when you are ready to quit smoking for good, contact Harmony Hypnosis. You’ll wonder why you waited so long.