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A 42-year-old member asked:

how can i quit smoking if i can't stop myself?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
DO IT FOR SOMEONE: Else like i did. My son! and my wife absolutely beat me down so badly i just figured no matter how hard it would be to quit, listening to her every day was harder.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Be angry at it: The nih has a wonderful website with many resources for smokers who want to stop. Visit it to see if it can help you. Your doctor plays an important role in supporting you and helping with medications if necessary. See http://health.Nih.Gov/topic/smokingcessation.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Why can't I quit smoking?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Two addictions: Addiction to smoking is a two-part addiction: the physical addiction to the tobacco, and the psychological addiction to the act of smoking. Success comes when both forms of addiction are adequately addressed. See your doctor for definitive help.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it too late to quit smoking?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: Smoking has been strongly linked to heart disease, lung disease and many types of cancers. Second hand smoke exposure also causes significant illness, particularly in children. However, it is not to late to quit.There are many resources to help you quit. The american lung association is a great place for more information.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Please describe the most effective way to quit smoking?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Any: It takes you body4 days to withdraw from nicotine. The rest is the psychological part. You need to understand why you like to smoke and work on that part or stoping won't be permanent. There are many pharmacological agents, e cigarette and you can google for support and hot lines.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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I would respectfully disagree with the statement that it takes "four days" to detoxify from virtually anything. The issue is NOT how long it takes the drug to get out of the body, but rather how long it takes very dysregulated receptor systems to get anywhere near normal - not only the cholinergic system but the counterregulatory serontonergic and dopaminergic (and probably endorphinergic) system
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What should I avoid when I want to quit smoking?

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Dr. Frederick Coville
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
Smokers!: The most difficult obstacle you will find is being around other people that smoke, especially friends that "shared" your smoking habit. Smoking is such a social thing that you may even find some of your friendships may have to change a bit too accomodate your healthy benefits. Avoid situations that will be tempting for you and remember how good you will feel when you will be a non-smoker!
A 41-year-old member asked:

I quit smoking but now can't stop eating?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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It can be controlled: A smoking cessation program should be part of each and every person's smoking cessation plan, because they will give you information on how to deal with increased appetite, which happens in almost everyone who quits smoking. Simple techniques - drinking lots of water to fill the stomach, use of carrot or celery sticks can help. Medication can also help in some cases. It is still a good decision!!

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