Researchers have developed a new tool for people who wish to quit smoking: a fast-acting nicotine spray that is as effective as existing nicotine replacement therapies but without the side effects.
For those willing to quit smoking good news comes in the form of a newly developed, soon to be launched,fast-acting nicotine spray that is as effective as existing nicotine replacement therapies but without the side effects.
There are several ways in which people quit smoking. While some of them go cold turkey – just giving up smoking at one go – others opt for nicotine replacement therapy in which a small amount of nicotine is released into the blood to satisfy the body’s craving for it.
Such replacement therapy is possible through the use of nicotine pills, gums and patches but they all have certain side effects.
Now, researchers in Denmark have come up with a nicotine spray that helps to relieve the body’s cravings but without any of the side effects observed in the other replacement therapies.
Clinical trials on smokers have shown that applying this spray into the mouth provides rapid relief from the cravings. After one year of using the nicotine spray, 14 percent of people had managed to steer clear of smoking compared to a meagre 6 percent of participants who were given a placebo during the trial.
Although the numbers look very small, lead researcher on this study, Philip Tonnesen, from the Gentofte Hospital at Denmark, specifies that this success rate is much higher than that for other nicotine replacement therapies.
Nicotine replacement therapy is just one of the aids on the journey towards becoming a non-smoker.
Director of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Center for Global Tobacco Control, Gregory Connolly said:
“A study of people who tried to quit over six years, using only NRT products, showed they were just as likely to relapse as those who went cold turkey.”
As experts caution, only usage of nicotine replacement tools will not work; for smokers to really quit for life, it is important to have a supportive system of peers and friends, avoid getting into smoking situations and use other forms of therapy.
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