[UltraVid id=1 ]if you’re a smoker trying to quit there are a hundred products you could try but maybe nothing at all is the best one hey there are aware citizens trace here for dnews now smoking is bad for you it causes cancer and a gazillion other diseases you know that we know that this is your life we’re not going to tell you what to do but we are going to tell you the science behind quitting if you or someone you know is trying to kick the habit now before we break down the options we have to first understand why it’s so difficult to quit in the first place and that comes down to one word nicotine it’s what’s naturally found in tobacco and when inhaled it travels quickly to the brain there it releases dopamine and other feel-good chemicals into brain cell receptors this creates more and more nicotine receptors in the brain when these are starved nicotine you go through intense withdrawal which can lead to depression and tension until you get your next fix so the trick may be to gradually give your brain less and less nicotine which is where the highly advertised treatment of nicotine replacement therapy comes into play we’re talking about patches chewing gum lozenges inhalers and even nasal spray and lollipops but to any of these methods actually work let’s take one of the most popular the patch this is typically a reservoir of nicotine sandwiched between occlusive and permeable adhesive layers stick it on your skin and the nicotine slowly leeches through the layers of your dermis to the hypodermis which contains blood vessels needed to bring the drug into the bloodstream this happens at a much slower rate and a lower concentration than smoke inhalation different patches contain different amounts of nicotine slowly ridding your body’s dependence on the drug but is it effective well one study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health looked at 787 adults who had recently quit smoking they were surveyed three different times over the course of six years and asked questions about what type of nicotine replacement therapy they had used the duration of this therapy if they consulted a professional and their current smoking habits during each one of those check-ins around 1/3 of the participants had relapsed this led researchers to conclude that using nicotine replacement therapy is no more effective in helping people stop smoking cigarettes in the long-term than trying to quit on one’s own there are also alternative ways to quit smoking some people have tried acupuncture or hypnosis but based on some of our latest videos it’s a little up for debate on whether or not those work and others have even tried lasers yeah lasers well low-level laser therapy the company innovative laser therapy claims that an hour of therapy is all you’d need to quit your addiction the laser targets specific points in the body that the company alleges are related to addiction claiming it relieves withdrawal symptoms and prevents cravings the owner says the laser basically stimulates the nerve endings to tell the brain to release a flood of endorphins but basically isn’t science and though there have been a few studies to determine its validity they are few and far between with inconclusive results but perhaps the best thing to do maybe nothing at all in a 2016 study published in the journal Annals of internal medicine 697 adult smokers who smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day were divided into two groups those who quit cold-turkey and those who gradually reduce their smoking over the course of two weeks researchers recorded the results both for weeks than six months later nearly half of the cold-turkey group successfully quit smoking after a month compared to 39% of those who gave it up gradually at the half-year mark the rates of success reduced to 22 and 15% respectively but this still means the cold-turkey technique is more effective than gradual reduction of course there are other factors that take place when finding the right way to quit like genetics and age and like so many of our health related episodes it’s probably best to consult your doctor on what is right for you smoking does a lot of crazy stuff to your body but when you do find out the effective way to quit is that enough to reverse all the damage done Tara talks about it right here the first thing they do is destroy cilia which are tiny little hairs that live in the mucous lining your lungs when you inhale pathogens or dirt they get trapped in that mucus and the cilia is what pushes them back out when you smoke cigarettes the poison in them paralyzes and destroys those cilia making it harder for you to avoid infections have you or anyone you know tried to quit smoking what did you use did it work share your success stories in the comments and make sure you subscribe so you get more dnews [Music] you

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