It is estimated that nearly 44 to 46 million people smoke in the United States. Smoking is an extremely bad habit and is the leading cause of lung death. It kills nearly an enormous amount of consumers every year.

When you smoke, you inhale more than 7.000 harmful compounds, including 560 carcinogens, such as arsenic butane, tiny glass particles and carbon monoxide. The tobacco leaves contain radioactive materials, which build up in the lungs and lead to a high risk of radiation in the body which in turn can contribute to the development of cancer.

Smoking is thought to increase the risk of developing ling diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and heart diseases such as congestive heart failure and heart attacks.

In addition to all of this, nicotine also raises the levels of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone and weakens the immune system.

Additionally, smoking can lead to:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Insomnia

When the nicotine passes through the brain barrier, it releases dopamine, a hormone which makes you feel pleasant. However, when it turns into the nasty addiction, you feel nicotine cravings. Nicotine is extremely addictive, so it may be harder to quit smoking that it is to give up cocaine or heroin.

The best way to avoid the side effects of smoking and to promote your overall health is to completely give up smoking. As more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers that the tobacco products pose to the human health, the need for smoking cessation aids gradually increases.

Even though many pharmaceutical methods and products are available and effective, they can be quite expensive for people living on a budget. Luckily, there are some cheap and natural methods that will relieve the nicotine cravings and help you to give up smoking for good.

Physical Activity

Doing regular exercise every day or 3 to 5 times per week can help to reduce the nicotine cravings.

Lime

Slices of lime can replace 2 to 4 mg of nicotine gum. Limes are packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants, which also help to reduce cigarette cravings.

Nicotine Patch

Using nicotine patches as an alternative to cigarettes is a common way to treat cigarette addiction. If you use nicotine patches with certain drugs, such as varenicline and bupropion, you will get permanent effects.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy, which is a type of psychotherapy, relates smoking to unpleasant things, such as poor health. Through visualization, guided meditation, deep breathing and relaxing music, hypnotherapy will put you in a state of trance.

Mindfulness Meditation

If you want to achieve positive and long-term effects, then you have to learn to deal with the nicotine cravings and its symptoms. The stress and psychological distress that former smokers undergo during the first few weeks of quitting smoking can be controlled through mindfulness meditation.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is thought to help out active smokers to kill the nicotine cravings and give up smoking within a month. It can relieve the withdrawal symptoms related to nicotine, such as jitters, irritability and restlessness.

Olfactory Training

A study exposed a group of smokers to the smell of cigarettes and rotten fish and eggs for a week. After that, it evaluated the non-REM sleep compared to the other types of sleep. It found out that the smokers smoked less during the second week.

Magnesium

The magnesium can raise the level of NMDA receptor that produce dopamine and increases the levels of GABA that acts as a relaxing neurotransmitter.

Self-Massage

Many people smoke in order to keep their hands busy. Thus, if you keep them busy in another way, you will be able to give up smoking easier. It is thought that a two minute ear or hand massage can reduce the cigarette cravings. Touching the ear or the hand can help to calm the mind and kill nicotine cravings as they are systems which represent the entire body.

Ginger

When you try to give up smoking, you will start to feel nauseous. It is one of the most common symptoms that people experience when they try to give up smoking. However, in order to relieve yourself from the nausea, you can take ginger in the form of capsules, tea or tablets. It will soothe the nausea and relieve stomach pain.