Smoke-free at last? We want to explain to you why and when cold nicotine withdrawal can be dangerous and what lower-risk alternatives there are.
Is cold nicotine withdrawal dangerous?
Almost all smokers think about quitting by hanging up cigarettes forever. However, cold turkey doesn't work for everyone and, according to experts, can even be physically and mentally dangerous in some cases.
We would like to explain why cold turkey is dangerous and that there are less risky alternatives.
What is cold nicotine withdrawal?
If the body is supplied with nicotine every day, the so-called happiness hormone dopamine is released more intensively. The smoker feels relaxed at this moment and negative emotions such as stress and tension are suppressed. However, after a while, the body develops a tolerance to nicotine intake, and the smoker has to consume more and more cigarettes to get the same pleasure. This leads to addiction and increased nicotine consumption.
When you suddenly quit smoking, you get cold. The body suddenly becomes unable to absorb nicotine and reacts with typical withdrawal symptoms such as increased restlessness and irritability. You should be aware of the risks and dangers of turkey.
What are the dangers of cold turkey?
British health experts warn against cold turkey as it can put a strain on the body. Risks include, but are not limited to:
Small amounts of nicotine initially increase blood pressure and heart rate. Regular intake and higher doses do the exact opposite, slowing down the heart rate when tolerance develops.
Nicotine also affects digestion as it increases the production of stomach acid and speeds up the digestive process. Quitting cold turkey reduces the amount of stomach acid, which can lead to negative symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
Smoker's cough is an annoying problem that many smokers struggle with. Our lungs have tiny cilia that are responsible for the removal of mucus from the bronchi. The smoke hurts them and those affected begin to cough. When suddenly there is no smoke in the lungs, the cilia begin to grow again, which initially causes difficulty breathing and coughing.
As mentioned earlier, cigarettes affect the body and mind. Nicotine suppresses the negative emotions that come to the fore when you go cold turkey. As a result, withdrawal can have a very rapid impact on mental health.
How to prevent cold turkey?
Instead of going cold turkey, you can try lowering your nicotine levels gradually. The following products and tools are available to help you quit smoking.
· Nicotine patches or chewing gum
· Use of snus
Snus products have the advantage that they are available in different strengths. Therefore, you can gradually reduce the nicotine content. Mild varieties contain around 4-8 mg/g of nicotine, and there are also nicotine-free varieties that are great alternatives to tobacco.
Conclusion – Sometimes a gradual reduction is more beneficial
Quitting cold turkey does not promise success for everyone and can even be dangerous for some smokers. Digestive and heart problems may occur. Unpleasant withdrawal symptoms often lead to repeated use of cigarettes.
For this reason, most experts recommend gradual withdrawal. Snus products with different nicotine levels are great for gradually reducing nicotine consumption while also being up to 99% less harmful than cigarettes.
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