It is nicotine, naturally present in tobacco leaves that is responsible for this addiction. Once inhaled, this substance allows the release, in less than 10 seconds, of endorphins, the molecules responsible for the feeling of well-being.
This addiction is sometimes so strong that it seems impossible for some to consider quitting smoking one day. However, nicotine replacement solutions exist: electronic cigarettes, patches, nicotine chewing gum… Each of these products can help you reduce or even eliminate your nicotine addiction.
Become aware of your addiction
Researchers at the University of Bristol have managed to establish, by comparing the life expectancies of smokers with those of non-smokers, that the consumption of a cigarette reduces your life expectancy by 11 minutes. It is therefore always useful, regardless of age and past use, to engage in a weaning process.
If you want to end your addiction, the first step may be to become aware of it. We suggest you perform the Fagerström test. This is a self-test that you will easily find on the internet. Extremely simple to do, it will allow you to quantify the importance of your addiction. Your dependency score will be materialized by a number between 0 and 10. A score of 5 reflects a smoking addiction, a score of 7 or more a very strong dependence.
If you are worried that you will not be able to quit smoking alone, it is recommended to be accompanied by a health professional (addictologist or tobacco specialist). The government website of Santé Publique France Tabac Info Service can also provide you with advice, information and help. It is very important to feel supported when starting a smoking cessation journey. Do not hesitate to inform your entourage so that they encourage you in your approach.
The electronic cigarette, a viable option to end your addiction
For fifteen years, the electronic cigarette or e-cigarette has spread widely and has made it possible to accompany many smokers, including very “addicted” to smoking cessation. In 2016, the High Council of Public Health issued its opinion on the effectiveness of vaping to end tobacco addiction. The main conclusion of this study is that the electronic cigarette is a smoking cessation aid, and that in exclusive use, it reduces the risks of smoking.
The UK Department of Health goes further, stating that vaping is “95% less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes”.
The e-cigarette makes it possible to dose the nicotine rate and to reduce it gradually. It also allows the user to keep the ritual of the gesture, which will facilitate dishabituation.