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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Don't buy cigarettes: Think of your lungs turning black with every puff kinda like the inside of a chimney, think of all the money you can save, think of an ash tray filled up and then kissing that.....Think of bad circulation, breathing problems. Do you still feel like smoking?
Dr. Alice Honig
Specializes in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Really brave!: Smoking is highly addictive. highly dangerous for YOU!. Find something that soothes you that's OK for your body: Eat favorite ice cream; play ball; swim; Do special breathing (4 breaths in thru nose; 4 hold; then 8 breaths out through mouth)..Sing favorite melody ; Get endorphins flowing to brain by exercise; Watch old Marx Brothers movies and laugh; Help a person in need and rejoice!
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Utilize tools: Quitting is very difficult; it may take several attempts before you give up the habit for good. Success is increased if you have support and work with your health care providers. Research shows that a combination of nicotine replacement therapy or other FDA approved smoking cessation medication AND counseling is most effective as it helps you stay on track and overcome obstacles. Best wishes
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Provided original answer
Identify reasons to quit, establish support system, talk to provider, consider a smoking cessation counselor, set a date to quit; identify triggers and begin the process of separating them from the behavior, develop strategies to cope with triggers, develop an exercise program, utilize deep breathing, reward yourself with something healthy, plan for relapse. Most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP! :)
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What are some successful quit smoking tips?

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Dr. Nicholas PENNINGS
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Smart Wean: I often recommend that smokers wean from their cigarettes. My focus is not on the number of the cigarettes but on the times that you smoke. Think of the 3 times that you will miss smoking the most when you quit. Work up to waiting at least 30 mins after the trigger before you smoke so that when you quit cravings will be minimal at the trigger moments.
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Any quit smoking tips that have been found to be successful?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Many: Various smoking cessation support programs all approximately double your chance of successfully quitting. Adding any of the meds available - nicotine patches, lozenges etc., buproprion (zyban) or varenicline (chantix) increases it further - combo of Chantix and a program have about a 40% 6 month quit rate. Acupuncture and hypnosis help some people get started, but don't work long-term well.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Any tips/advice to quit smoking?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Plan: Planning the right actions to help you quit smoking is more important than will power. Start cutting back, set a quit date, get rid of all triggers, don't hang around smokers, do not drink alcohol, exercise, start new hobbies, support groups, are some effective methods. Nicotine replacement therapy can be tried if non-medicinal modalities fail.
A 49-year-old member asked:

I quit smoking this week need tips on how to keep going?

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Dr. Linda Kondilis
Clinical Psychology 9 years experience
Motivation: Staying motivated is tricky. Motivation changes daily, hourly. Try to think of the most important reason for u 2 quit. Is it health, children, cost? Get really specific. Then think of a creative approach 2 keep yourself mindful of that reason, especially for the low motivation days. 1 idea is to keep a picture or note in your pocket that symbolizes...Why u want to quit.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Could I get some advice and tips on how to quit smoking?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health.

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