Why NRT is a Better Alternative to Quit Smoking than Vaping

15 Feb 2019

Ever since the first modern e-cigarette was introduced in 2003 in China, millions of smokers globally have opted for e-cigarette vaping in an effort to reduce the ill-effects of smoking. Though, over the years, the medical community has been in an argument whether they are a boon to smokers or a serious health hazard.

1. What are e-cigarettes and how do they work?

Vaping or the usage of e-cigarettes has, for some years, been promoted as the safer option for smokers who want to quit smoking cigarettes. It simulates the feeling of smoking an actual cigarette and these hand-helds, battery-operated devices are often available in various flavors.

E-cigarettes are used by smokers as an alternative to smoking so as to reduce the ill-effects of cigarettes. These e-cigarettes release a vapor by heating liquid chemicals, either glycerol or propylene glycol, nicotine and even food-grade flavorings. The absence of an actual burning of tobacco was the main reason for endorsing vaping as a better alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

2. But are they a boon or doom? Health risks of e-cigarettes

But recent studies published in reputed medical journals have shown that vaping has detrimental health effects as bad as smoking an actual cigarette. The liquids used in e-cigarettes are not regulated and the nicotine levels in these liquids differ from what is mentioned in label1. The biggest selling point of e-cigarette vaping was that it does not contain carcinogenic or toxic material as it is devoid of carbon monoxide and tar. But studies have found that the liquid chemicals and flavorings used in e-cigarettes cause harmful lung inflammations and even vaping for a short period may have serious adverse health effects.

Recent research findings suggest that vaping causes considerable harm not just to the respiratory system but may also be a prime contributor to lung cancer. In addition, vaping can also negatively affect the cardiovascular system and lead to serious diseases including heart attacks.

In fact, as a large number of teenagers and even non-smokers/ex-smokers have become hooked to vaping in the US, the USFDA has identified e-cigarettes as the single most high-risk substance and is seriously considering banning e-cigarettes totally. The Indian Government has, in fact, banned the sale of e-cigarettes in India.

3. What are NRTs or Nicotine Replacement Therapy products?

NRTs or Nicotine Replacement Therapy products such as nicotine chewing gums, patches, inhalers, lozenges and even nasal sprays that are US FDA and WHO-approved methods for persons who want to quit smoking. They provide very low doses of nicotine, hence low absorption in the body, which helps in overcoming the cravings and finally quitting the habit. Most studies have shown that most forms of NRTs are equally effective in helping users quit smoking.

4. What is a nicotine chewing gum?

One of the more commonly used NRT is the nicotine chewing gum. It provides the user with a much smaller amount of nicotine as compared to cigarettes and is devoid of harmful chemicals, gases and tar found in a cigarette. As the nicotine chewing gum allows the users’ body to adjust gradually to having less nicotine in the system, it is a medically proven method of steadily helping the user to quit smoking.

5. How to use a nicotine chewing gum?

It is important that the nicotine chewing gum is chewed properly until a "peppery" or "flavored" taste emerges, then "parked" between the cheek and gum to facilitate nicotine absorption through the inner lining of the mouth. Gum should be slowly and intermittently "chewed and parked" for about 30 minutes or until the taste dissipates.

The nicotine from nicotine gum gets absorbed through the inner lining of the mouth as it is chewed, and hence reduces the craving for cigarettes and helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms of smoking cessation2. Nicotine gum shouldn’t be chewed like regular gum. It is important to chew nicotine gum slowly to get the most out of it3.

Mild and transient side effects of nicotine gum like mouth soreness, hiccups, dyspepsia, and jaw ache can be reduced by chewing the nicotine gum properly as described above4.

Nicotex, manufactured by Cipla, is a nicotine gum that helps the user quit smoking using the principle of WHO-approved Nicotine Replacement Therapy that helps you quit smoking by gradually reducing your dependence on nicotine. Available in two strengths: 2 mg and 4 mg (4 mg should be taken only under Doctors supervision), Nicotex controls your urge to smoke and supports your willpower. Nicotex doubles your chances of quitting compared to other alternatives and is the No. 1 doctor-recommended brand in India. Choose from 6 exciting flavors - mint plus, fruity mint, cinnamon, paan, classic fresh mint, and teeth whitening. Quit smoking today with #EkCigaretteKam