Top 11 things to know about nicotine patches (tobacco is not crazy)

Hello smokers who quit smoking, those who have succeeded, those who are wondering how to do it, and those who think that “it’s all bullshit. It’s only the mind that counts, anyway. Today, we are talking about Nicotine patch. Exciting, isn’t it?? We are not doctors, so don’t take it all for granted and get closer to a health professional to get the treatment that best suits your consumption. On the other hand, we hear a lot of bullshit on the subject, so… We took out our best magnifying glass to go and disentangle the true from the false!

1. Smoking with a patch is not prohibited

Ok, we start strong: I fall from the clouds. I’ve always thought it was one of the most dangerous things on earth… But no! According to tabac-info-service: “ It is less dangerous to smoke a few cigarettes while being patched than 20 without being.“. Contrary to well-established received ideas on the issue, this would not increase the risk of heart attack. Well… After… That’s only true if you only smoke a few cigarettes over it. If you’re downing yourself a whole pack with a patch, chances are your body isn’t a big fan. In any case, we avoid smoking when we are patched, and if the urge is too great: we approach our doctor. The doses of the treatment may be too low.

Top 11 things to know about nicotine patches (tobacco is not crazy)

On the other hand, if your cigarette looks like this, we advise you not to light it. Patch or no patch.

2. The patch doubles the chances of quitting

And that is rather great news! To the question “Does this stuff really work?” “, The answer is yes ! (If you really want to quit, of course.) According to L’Assurance Maladie, nicotine substitutes increase the chances of successfully quitting smoking by 50 to 70%, measured one year after the start of the cessation. This means that the effectiveness of this device lasts over time.

3. They can be refunded

You are full of good will, you are on the verge of passing the course, but… You are not Croesus, and the box of around twenty patches at 25 euros hurts your uc! Oh how I understand you, but no worries: the patches are reimbursed on prescription. Coverage by Health Insurance, announced by the “Priority Prevention” plan and the National Program for the Fight against Smoking. No more excuses! Give it a try, you don’t have much to lose after all, do you? (Well, only try it if you’re a smoker, huh. Don’t be stupid.)

Top 11 things to know about nicotine patches (tobacco is not crazy)

4. The Nicotine patch limits many risks

I know, it’s pretty obvious, but it’s always motivating to remember everything we save our body, just by sticking a little thing on our arm when we wake up. Unlike cigarettes, the patches contain only nicotine. Exit other toxic substances such as tar, ammonia, arsenic, lead or mercury. This transdermal solution also makes it possible to avoid irritation and inflammation of the respiratory mucous membranes, due to the combustion of cigarettes. And hop, we limit the risks of infectious, inflammatory, allergic diseases, or even and above all… Cancers.

5. If your patch is too dosed, you can cut it in half

Here is a new point that pierces my… Which surprises me! When my patch gave me the sheaf, my colleague told me “well cut it in half”. I fucked his face. He was right. Quentin 1 – 0 Mary. Hard blow. But good news for others. According to tobacco-info-service, your patch cut in half with a scissor cut will work just as well as a whole one, while allowing you to reduce the dosage.

Top 11 things to know about nicotine patches (tobacco is not crazy)


6. The patch limits weight gain associated with quitting smoking

Good news for all those who fear that quitting smoking = weight gain! The change in the number on the scale is generally linked to a need to compensate for the lack of nicotine with as much food as possible. However, with the patches, the cessation of nicotine is very gradual and the body does not feel this lack. Result: no more snacking and less shit in the lungs. YAY.

7. But how does this thing work?

Well yeah, because it’s fine to say that gnagnagna works, but I only believe what I see. THEREFORE, explanation: nicotine crosses the skin barrier, passes into the blood and goes to the nicotinic receptors, membrane proteins found in the compartments of neurons. In the brain what. With the patches, the delivery of nicotine is regular and continuous throughout the day. Result: the nicotinic receptors are saturated and the desire to smoke disappears. We also avoid the undesirable effects of withdrawal such as mild depression, anxiety, stress, sleep disorders or aggressiveness.

8. Different patch brands should not be mixed

Ok, fine. Guess who just chained two different brands? If I had known earlier that it was strongly discouraged… So, well, don’t do the same bullshit. The National Medicines Safety Agency warns about this practice: the patches are not interchangeable because their nicotine delivery methods are not the same. Results: You may experience various adverse effects, such as episodes of nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, sleep disturbances or even anxiety.

9. When you remove your patch, the nicotine continues to diffuse

For about an hour after removal. Ripping off your patch to throw yourself on a cigarette is therefore completely stupid. Which brings us back to point 1. That’s it.

10. If the patch is not enough, it can be combined with other nicotine substitutes

Sometimes, even when wearing our patch correctly, we feel a very strong urge to smoke. In this case, it is completely possible to use substitutes such as lozenges, sprays or sublingual tablets (under the tongue). Obviously, we see with our doctor what is best suited to our situation.

Top 11 things to know about nicotine patches (tobacco is not crazy)

11. You don’t have to put it just anywhere

The patch should be placed on a dry, low hair area of ​​the body. We therefore prefer the scapula, the hip, the shoulder or the upper part of the arms! From one day to the next, it is important to change the site of application. This avoids irritation due to nicotine and guarantees its diffusion in the body.

12. Bonus: after 10 to 20 years without a cigarette, we find the life expectancy of a non-smoker

It’s not specific to the patch, but it’s always very motivating to know that after stopping, the risk of heart attack is reduced by 50%. The risk of stroke also decreases and returns to the same level as a person who has never smoked. After 5 years, the risk of lung cancer is halved. 10 to 20 years later, life expectancy becomes identical to that of someone who has never touched a cigarette. It’s motivating, all the same… No?

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