The Definition of a Cigar
A cigar contains dried and fermented tobacco that is rolled tightly into a tobacco leaf casing. The cigar is ignited and the smoke is pulled into the mouth and then released. Cigar smoking is addictive to its users due to the nicotine found within the tobacco leaves, causing the smoker to continue smoking cigars on a regular basis.
Cigar tobacco is grown throughout the world, including in a portion of the eastern United States. Manufacturing and distribution companies create a wide variety of cigars that are sold throughout the world.
The History of Cigars
Cigars have been used since Christopher Columbus and his ship mates were introduced to tobacco by the Indians during his 1492 journey. Once introduced to tobacco they began rolling the dried leaves an smoking them. At this point tobacco was introduced to the European nation where its use spread, country to country. By the 19th century cigar smoking was very common and the production and distribution of cigars grew amongst many nations.
Cigar use is purely recreational. The user ignites the cigar and draws the smoke into their mouth where it sits for a show while and is then released. When the cigar smoke sits in the mouth the body absorbs the nicotine transitionally. The nicotine creates a euphoric and relaxed state within the user. Regular cigar use often leads to addiction due to the highly addictive nicotine found within the tobacco.
Addiction to Cigars
Regular prolonged use of cigars often leads to the user becoming physically and psychologically dependent. This is because the cigar contains tobacco which is full of nicotine (a highly addictive substance). When drawing the cigar smoke into ones mouth the nicotine is then absorbed into the body. The nicotine produces a feeling of euphoria and relaxation.
When quitting cigar’s most will experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that sends them back to smoke another cigar for comfort. These withdrawal symptoms on average last 8 to 12 weeks but can be present up to 6 months. For many quitting cigar smoking involves some form of medical treatment to help relieve symptoms of withdrawal and control cravings.
Signs of Cigar Addiction
- Cravings for Cigars
- Cigar use at inappropriate times
- Thoughts and action can become consumed by the use of Cigars
- When stopping the use of Cigars the user experiences withdrawal symptoms
- Unable to stop smoking cigars despite the knowledge of the negative effects it has on ones health
Cigar Withdrawal Symptoms
- Tingling in the hands and feet
- Intestinal discomfort
- Cold symptoms
- Mental confusion
Symptoms of cigar withdrawal reach their peak at 48 hours and can last 8 to 12 weeks. All withdrawal symptoms typically diminish within 6 months of quitting cigar smoking.
Treating a Cigar Addiction
When quitting cigars most will experience strong withdrawal symptoms and cravings that seem to peak around 48 hours. These symptoms and cravings on average will last 8 to 12 weeks but for some will remain up to 6 months. While many have quit smoking cigars cold turkey it can be overwhelming due to symptoms of withdrawal and craving. It is not uncommon for those who attempt to quit on their own to return to cigar smoking for relief. Others look into their treatment options with prescription aids such as nicotine patches and gum as well as daily medications that takes away withdrawal and cravings all together. Some have even received hypnosis treatment to make their mind view cigars as bad and not to crave them any longer.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
NRT works by relieving symptoms of withdrawal and cravings. NRT works by giving you lower doses of nicotine that is gradually weaned until you are able to stop the use of cigars without the aid of NRT. There are several different types of Nicotine replacement therapy including:
- Nicoderm patches
- Habitrol patches
- Nicorette gum, lozenge and inhaler
- Thrive gum and lozenge
- Generic patches, gum, lozenge and inhaler
Before starting Nicotine Replacement Therapy contact a medical professional to see if this is the best treatment option for you. Smoking cigars or any tobacco products while using and NRT aid can result in serious health effects.