If you truly want to stop smoking, understand that using any type of substitute actually makes it harder to permanently kick the habit for good.
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are essentially telling yourself that you need to either smoke a cigarette or fill the void by substituting something else for one.
Typical substitutes for cigarettes include chewing gum, peppermints, pills and herbal cigarettes.
Most popular of all, however, are the now ubiquitous electronic cigarettes, which are actually predicted to outsell tobacco products within a decade.
As with normal cigarettes, the nicotine contained within the e-cigarette cartridges is highly addictive.
Similarly, when you stop using them, you suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as feeling irritable, restless and anxious.
Replacing regular cigarettes with e-cigarettes has been frequently compared to heroin users switching to using the painkiller methadone instead.
Those who switch to using e-cigarettes tend to rationalise their use of them by saying they are a safer alternative.
The truth of the matter though is that there is limited research on their health risks, given the fact that they have only been readily available since 2006.
However, it is important to know that according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), e-cigarettes consist of a tobacco solution which contains cancer-causing nitrosamines, including a toxic found in antifreeze!
Regardless, you don't need cigarette substitutes for the very reasons you don't need cigarettes themselves.
Any pangs you feel when you stop smoking are merely cravings for the poison which is gradually leaving your body.
Instead of fearing this feeling, revel in it.
This is the time during which you are freeing yourself of smoking's control over you.
Celebrate as you feel your confidence grow and your sense of well-being greatly increase.
There truly is no substitute for this feeling!