CALLING IT QUITS
If you’re here, you’re thinking about kicking cigarettes to the curb. Maybe you’ve even tried once. Or twice. Or too many times to count.
Unfortunately, some quitting methods don’t work for some people because they only address half the quitting equation. That’s where Quit.com comes in. We’re here to help you to go from thinking about quitting smoking to actually doing it, by understanding more about nicotine, cigarette addiction and quitting.
Nicotine is at the heart of your cigarette addiction. A naturally occurring chemical compound, nicotine acts as a stimulant in low doses. That’s why you feel more awake and focused after that first cigarette of the morning.
One thing that not too many people know about nicotine is that it’s very similar to caffeine in the way it works on the body and brain. But while we usually get caffeine through coffee or tea — beverages that have been shown in some studies to have healthful effects — nicotine gets delivered to us via cigarettes. And that’s where the trouble starts.
When you inhale a cigarette, you’re taking in thousands of chemicals. Those chemicals and their byproducts include toxins, poisonous metals and cancer-causing agents. They are delivered immediately to your lungs and many are absorbed into your bloodstream and circulated to your body and brain. The negative effects of cigarettes make smoking a major health risk.
About Quitting Smoking
The great news about quitting smoking is that it’s a smart thing to do. You’ll start to achieve real health benefits within 20 minutes of quitting. And those benefits only continue to grow the longer you stay quit. Quit.com can help you follow that smart decision with another: quitting for success. Here, you’ll learn why your earlier cold turkey attempts haven’t been successful and what you can do to make this time different.
Nicotine replacements, such as gums, lozenges and patches, have been shown to increase the chances of a successful quit. We'll show you how to find the right nicotine replacement for you and how to use it correctly to improve your overall chances of success.