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What is the best way to stop smoking cigarettes?

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Dr. BARRY ETON
General Practice 55 years experience
Try cigars: Switch to cigars which are not inhaled and have a nice image.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I don't find any images involving tobacco nice.
Jan 5, 2014
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Multiple ways: You can see your primary care doctor for help with this -- and s/he will be glad for you to stop this health risk! there are nicotine patches, gums, and medications to help you get through nicotine withdrawal. Hypnosis can also help in many people. Stopping cigarettes is challenging, but is definitely do-able. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stop Smoking Options: Auricular (ear) acupuncture ; hypnosis have no significant side effects ; can work well. Nicotine replacement options: nasal spray, patch, inhaler, gum ; lozenges. Smoking cessation programs offer support, meds. Monitoring ; education. Electronic cigarettes may or may not prove helpful. Prescription meds: zyban (wellbutrin) ; Chantix (bupropion).Check potential psychiatric side effects w chantix.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great. But plan it ahead of time. Pick a quit date in advance, maybe a meaningful date like a birthday or holiday, and gather people who are aware of your attempt that you can call upon for moral support if you start to falter. Good luck!!

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