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If you want to put an end to your smoking addiction and looking for an effective and affordable nicotine replacement therapy, you’ve come to the right place because we’re going to compare the two most popular strategies head-to-head.
Tobacco cigarettes contain tar, countless carcinogens, and many other hazardous chemicals. However, it is the nicotine that makes them extremely addictive. While higher doses of nicotine can prove to be harmful, it actually becomes quite harmless once you’ve relieved yourself of all the dangerous and carcinogenic chemical substances contained in cigarette smoke. This is where nicotine replacement therapies (NRT's) come in handy by providing your body nicotine - the substance it’s craving for, without all the harmful compounds. NRT's are basically a way of weaning the brain off nicotine by gradually reducing its amount in the system while not engaging in the harmful act of smoking. The idea is to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms experienced by a smoker trying to quit.
Nicotine patches, gums, and lozenges have been very popular NRT strategies since the 1980s, and are believed to be useful. A newer, more advanced system is vapor cigarettes which try to simulate smoking and offer nicotine without the harmful chemicals. The million dollar question here is - which is better, vapor cigarettes or nicotine lozenges?
Nicotine Lozenges and How They Work:
Nictoine Lozenges, as the name suggests, are candy-like lozenges which dissolve in the mouth over a certain period of time. There are usually two strengths of nicotine content, 2mg and 4mg, which means that particular amount of nicotine will be absorbed by the body after consuming one lozenge. The absorption into the bloodstream takes place through the lining of the mouth while the nicotine lozenge dissolves. The nicotine, once in the bloodstream, provides relief from the symptoms that come from the stoppage of smoking,
Vapor Cigarettes and How They Work:
Vaporizers, electronic cigarettes and mods are battery-powered devices which turn e-liquid into vapor without any combustion.They can be divided into two main parts: a battery and a cartomizer. The battery produces power to the coil in the cartomizer, and when e-liquid in the tank comes in contact with the hot coil, it turns into vapor. This vapor is then inhaled and exhaled by the user. Of course, the e-liquid may or may not contain nicotine, depending on the user’s choice
How Should Electronic Cigarettes and Nicotine Lozenges Be Used?
E-cigs are used much the same way as traditional cigarettes, that is, by inhaling on the mouthpiece, but there is no combustion and no smoke. However, depending on their type, you might have to refill and recharge your e-cig. Also, since they produce water vapor instead of smoke, the term ‘vaping’ is used instead of ‘smoking’.
Nicotine lozenges, even though they look like regular lozenges or lollies should not be consumed in the same way. Depending on how heavy a smoker is there are generally two strengths of nicotine lozenges to choose from. For those smokers who are used to smoking their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, the 4mg option is the right choice. Those who smoke their first cigarette 30 minutes after waking up would usually choose the 2mg option.
Nicotine lozenges even have a special way to be dissolved in the mouth. They are not to be swallowed or chewed like gum and that temptation should be resisted. The correct way to consume nicotine lozenges is by sucking on it gently as it slowly dissolves in the mouth. The lozenge can be moved around in the mouth from time to time and it is a good idea to lodge it in the corner of the mouth where it can dissolve naturally and at a constant rate.
Nicotine lozenges usually dissolve completely in 15 to 30 minutes and their effects last even after a lozenge has been finished, so they are not expected to be used in a sucession like chain-smoking. A maximum of one lozenge per hour and no more than 20 lozenges over the course of a day should be consumed. In practice, the number and frequency of the nicotine lozenges used depends on how heavy a smoker the user was, and at what stage the user is in their quit process.
Nicotine lozenges should not be used 15 minutes before or after eating or drinking. Acidic foods and drinks, in particular, can reverse their effectiveness. They should also not be consumed while a person is still smoking as could likely lead to nicotine overdose, which can have very unpleasant side effects like heartburn and irregular heart rate.
E-Cigarettes vs Nicotine Lozenges as a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Nicotine lozenges rarely have any significant side effects but it is a drug, and as such, the sheer possibility of side effects should be taken seriously. Some of the more common side effects include dizziness, headaches, hiccups, over-salivation, nausea, heartburn, irritation or inflammation of the mouth or throat. Some exceptional side effects of nicotine lozenges include arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), heart palpitations and allergic reactions.
If you use high-quality e-cigs and high-quality e-liquids, there are virtually no side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is a dry mouth, especially by beginners. Ex-smokers who use e-liquid with nicotine and eventually try to quit altogether may also experience withdrawal symptoms.
When it comes to affordability, e-cigs are the clear winner. Lozenges can be very expensive, and for some brands, a single lozenge can cost up to $3 or $4. The overall price can add up to hundreds of dollars for just a few weeks depending on how many lozenges are consumed daily. As a comparison, you can purchase a good e-cig starter kit for around $30 and a 10ml bottle of high-quality e-liquid will cost you about $6, which should last 2-3 days, depending on how much you vape. Experienced vapers may choose to buy more powerful mods or devices, but in the long term, more money will be saved because the only other ongoing cost is the purchase of e-juices.
Nicotine Strength Control:
The basic purpose of Nicotine Replacement Therapy is to satisfy the body’s craving for nicotine which it has become addicted to after prolonged use - without other hazardous substances. Gradually though, you may want to stop your intake of nicotine as well. In this regard, lozenges and vapor cigarettes work in different ways. You can reduce the potency (i.e. from 4mg to 2mg) and increase the gap between taking lozenges to slowly reduce the amount of nicotine going into your body. E-cigarettes give you a little more control over choosing nicotine strength, as you can progressively cut back on the nicotine level (i.e. from 4% to 3% to 2%) and eventually vape with zero nicotine.
We hope you have gained more knowledge from the above. You may need to try different approaches and see which works best for you. But ask any ex-smoker turned vaper, and they will surely tell you that they’re never going back to tobacco cigarette smoking!!!