Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Nicotine’s Role in Smoking Addiction

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With NICE being the first organisation to endorse licensed nicotine products for smokers, Yourwellness Magazine investigated whether nicotine addiction is the driving force behind the difficulty smokers have quitting.

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On June 5th, the National Institutes for Clinical Excellence (NICE) was the first organisation to ever advise licensed nicotine products, such as patches and gum, for people who smoke. Professor Mike Kelly, Director of Public Health at NICE, commented, “This is the first time anywhere in the world that national guidance will endorse cutting down on smoking with the help of licensed nicotine products as a way to help reduce the harm caused by tobacco. Over 79,000 deaths in England each year are due to smoking tobacco, or in other words that's roughly 1,500 deaths a week from cigarette smoking. These people smoke for the nicotine but die because of the tar in tobacco.”

Professor Paul Aveyard, a GP and Professor of Behavioural Medicine at the University of Oxford who helped to develop the guidance, added, “Advisors should reassure people that licensed nicotine-containing products are a safe and effective way of reducing the harm from cigarettes, and that nicotine replacement therapy products have been shown in trials to be safe for at least 5 year's use. There are no circumstances when it is safer to smoke than to use licensed nicotine containing products and experts believe that lifetime use of these products will be considerably less harmful than smoking.” (http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/news/NicotineProductsCanHelpPeopleToCutDownBeforeQuittingSmoking.jsp)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explained the nature of smoking addiction, in order to help smokers understand – and then quit. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Learning how to stop smoking is like a journey from safe shores into uncharted waters, leaving behind established routines for a profoundly healthier lifestyle. Without a map of the most direct route to help you quit smoking for good you could be struggling unnecessarily.”

Yourwellness Magazine noted that many people think that the reason they smoke is to maintain the amount of nicotine in their blood. However, Yourwellness Magazine explained that it has been proven that getting a nicotine fix isn’t the driving force behind addiction, but rather smokers need to learn how to control and change their habits if they truly want to learn how to quit smoking for good.

To find out more, visit the gateway to living well at http://www.yourwellness.com, or read the latest issue online at http://latestissue.yourwellness.com.

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