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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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I quit smoking cigarettes 6 days ago and for the last 4 nights I've been getting a terrible cough/wheeze in the evenings only.

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 days ago and for the last 4 nights I've been getting a terrible cough/wheeze in the evenings only.

Congratulations!: Now that your bodyis not chronically irritated by the smoke and chemicals, the cilia in your lungs are becoming mobile again. Your body is starting to move old mucous and damaged cells out of your lungs. This should resolve soon. If not, seek medical care. Good luck!! ...Read more

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I don't take any meds for my asthma. I quit smoking 7 days ago but keep wheezing and then start coughing. After how long will this disappear?

I don't take any meds for my asthma. I quit smoking 7 days ago but keep wheezing and then start coughing. After how long will this disappear?

Time to use inhaler: Your asthma is worsened by your smoking, and the chronic coughing, wheezing is your lungs cilia trying to move the particles of mucus, and other debris out of your lungs from what you inhaled by smoking! So, you need to assist the lungs further, before you end up with bronchitis or something else. Call your PCP to assist. You are creating an inflammatory condition otherwise. ...Read more

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I quit smoking, but now when I run, I get a smoker's wheeze. How can I get rid of this and the lower breath capacity?

I quit smoking, but now when I run, I get a smoker's wheeze. How can I get rid of this and the lower breath capacity?

Should improve: Depending onhow long and how much you smoked. Could take weeks or months. In longtime smokers it may never go away completely. A pulmonary function test will guide your doctor on proper treaent and allow him to give you your odds. ...Read more

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For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting.?

For 1wk wake up with slight tightness in chest, wheezing. Goes away after ~30min. Quit smoking 2yrs ago, had same symptoms b4 quitting.?

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Your asthma action plan should be used to guide therapy. ...Read more

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Quit smoking 4 days ago and am now coughing, is this normal? Wheezing at night and chest tightness in the morning stopped the first day I quit.

Yes: It is quite common for cough and wheezing to increase after smoking cessation. The hair cells that line the resp. Tract wake up and start working, moving all the junk that you have accumulated in your airways. This can go on for several weeks, but tends to improve within a month. Stick with it! Take adequate fluids to allow your lungs to liquify the mucus and get it out. Try support groups. ...Read more

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I recently quit smoking. I am an otherwise healthy and active 25 yo female. About a month after I quit I started waking up with mid sleep asthma. It's like waking in an asthma atack, severe wheezing and have to sit upright for about an hour sometimes 3 be

I recently quit smoking. I am an otherwise healthy and active 25 yo female. About a month after I quit I started waking up with mid sleep asthma. It's like waking in an asthma atack, severe wheezing and have to sit upright for about an hour sometimes 3 be

Hang in.: Do you have a history of asthma? It is usual to produce a lot more mucous when you quit smoking, an effect that can last up to two months. This can trigger asthma symptoms in someone who has a history of asthma. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 1.5 yrs ago after smoking in and off for 13 yrs. I have no chest pain, no cough, and am physically active. Why am I wheezing?

I quit smoking 1.5 yrs ago after smoking in and off for 13 yrs. I have no chest pain, no cough, and am physically active. Why am I wheezing?

Airways disease: Smoking is a major cause of lung disorders but may combine with other exposures like pollution to affect your lungs. Sometimes a heart condition may lead to wheezing or you may actually have asthma previously unsuspected. Talk with your doctor about getting a check-up with a lung specialist. You may also need a cardiac check-up. Rarely, wheezing may also come from your throat (stridor). ...Read more

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Quit smoking dec. 2012. Had a few cigs in between. Total pack years is 23. What are my risks of lung cancer in my 40's? 50's? 60's? Currently have wheezing, 3yrs ago pulm. Told me have early emphysema.

Quit smoking dec. 2012. Had a few cigs in between. Total pack years is 23. What are my risks of lung cancer in my 40's? 50's? 60's? Currently have wheezing, 3yrs ago pulm. Told me have early emphysema.

20 years to normal: Cancer risk returns to normal only 20 years after stopping smoking.

Congratulations on having stopped. Cancer or no cancer, being able to breath is something we often don't fully appreciate until it is lost. ...Read more

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I quit smoking three weeks ago and have been weezing. Is this normal?

I quit smoking three weeks ago and have been weezing. Is this normal?

Congratulations: Great that you have stopped smoking. Don't know why you are wheezing, but if this continues or you have any difficulty breathing, go and see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can a chain smoker quit smoking?

How can a chain smoker quit smoking?

Nicotine addiction: Despite scientific knowledge of serious health detriment, addiction to nicotine remains common! If you are a smoker/nicotine addict, and you quit nicotine, that will be the single most important thing you can do for your long term health. Start by decreasing your nicotine use, then seek medical advice to finally quit. Go slow and don't give up. ...Read more

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When is the best time to quit smoking?

When is the best time to quit smoking?

Anytime: Per research, you should quit smoking as soon as you can, whenever you can. And you can prevent further decline in lung functions, even though you will not get your normal lungs back. ...Read more

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Can you gain weight if you quit smoking?

Can you gain weight if you quit smoking?

Yes: Most people do gain weight when they quit smoking, for several reasons. Smoking decreases appetite, taste and smell, and may increase metabolism. When you quit, your appetite increases, food tastes and smells better, and your metabolism may decrease again. Don't let this stop you from quitting. You can learn to maintain a healthy weight again, and smoking is just not worth it! ...Read more

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I quit smoking but now can't stop eating?

I quit smoking but now can't stop eating?

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!! ...Read more

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What are some successful quit smoking tips?

What are some successful quit smoking tips?

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. ...Read more

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What are the best tips to quit smoking cheap?

What are the best tips to quit smoking cheap?

Smoking Cessation: The least expensive way to quit smoking is to simply not buy any more cigarettes. ...Read more

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How can I quit smoking if I can't stop myself?

How can I quit smoking if I can't stop myself?

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. ...Read more

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How can I quit smoking but I'm unable to do it?

How can I quit smoking but I'm unable to do it?

Social support: Social support helps--your doc or hospital may know of a group for you. Coffee/tea mugs, cigarettes, all give off a "i'm on a break message" to self and others. Give yourself permission to take a break/relax w/out that. Oral habit so mints, gum, etc. Can help. You can do it and your loved ones will be grateful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could try to quit smoking?

Can you tell me how I could try to quit smoking?

Secret tip - exhale: Doctors are very good providing advice and helping if you find you need it. One tip that few know about or mention. The breathing pattern - you know it well - is actually very good for you (especially the exhale). When folk quit, part of what the body misses is this! Keep doing it - as much as ever - just w/o the tobacco. It makes it much easier. Just like always, but w/o the smoke. It works! ...Read more

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Help I want to quit smoking. What do you suggest?

Help I want to quit smoking. What do you suggest?

Smoking Cessation: Hello. Check out smoking cessation programs at your local hospital. They usually include one on one assessment, group interactions, education about the process as well as support & medications. Quitting success rates tend to be much higher when you join a smoking cessation program compared to doing it without support. Auricular acupuncture can also be very helpful in reducing cravings. ...Read more

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Can there be an easy way to help me quit smoking?

Smoking cessation: A formal smoking cessation program is the best - it encorporates education, support & medications to help you. Acupuncture is highly effective for smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Which is now the top possible way to quit smoking?

A formal program: A smoking cessation program. This may encorporate education, group tx, a support system and medications. Acupuncture is also a great way to get rid of cravings. ...Read more

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What can happen to your body when you quit smoking?

LOTS of good things: Heart rate and carbon monoxide in your blood drop. Heart attack risk begins to drop and your lungs work better. Coughing, shortness of breath and risk of lung infection all decrease. After a year your risk of having a stroke is back to normal. In 10 yrs your risk of lung cancer death is half that of a smoker's. Cancer risk of the throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decrease. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to quit smoking?

Please tell me how long it takes for to quit smoking?

Variable: This is quite variable. Recommend that you work with a formal smoking cessation program and develop a treatment plan to asisst with stopping tobacco use. ...Read more

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When after you quit smoking should you feel the benefit?

When after you quit smoking should you feel the benefit?

Some quick some slow: Kudos for quitting! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yrself when they come however you can. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more


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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more