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What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

What are the symptoms of addiction to cigarettes vs. Non-addicted smoking?

Addiction is: Hallmarked by a persistent, compulsive dependence on a substance despite knowledge of negative consequences. So the person who has one cigarette a month while out with friends is likely not addicted. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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Is quitting "cold-turkey" a valid option to stop my addiction to cigarettes?

Is quitting "cold-turkey" a valid option to stop my addiction to cigarettes?

Yes and no: It is difficult for some - some are able to stop without any issues some develop anxiety. There are electronic cigarettes that can dose nicotine which can be tapered that might ease the quitting process. ...Read more

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Can my addiction to cigarettes cause cancer?

Can my addiction to cigarettes cause cancer?

Sure.: Cigarettes are a pathway to a host of malignancies. Lung, ENT cancers, even bladder cancer. Stop now before you stack the deck irrevocably against yourself. Good luck. Think of all the money you'll save by not buying cigarettes, too. Plus, you'll be healthier! ...Read more

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How can I stop an addiction smoking cigarettes?

How can I stop an addiction smoking cigarettes?

Multiple helps: 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. ...Read more

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Is there a sure fire way to break cigarette addiction?

Is there a sure fire way to break cigarette addiction?

No sure fire methods: Requires a great deal of determination. Try multiple methods: nicotine replacement, exercise, electric cigarettes, educate yourself on the hazards of smoking, make it more difficult to get to your cigarettes (e.g., keep them in the trunk of your car). Imagine how the quality of your life will improve when you quit and that you will be around to watch grandkids grow up! good luck! ...Read more

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How does a nicotine patch work for cigarette addiction?

How does a nicotine patch work for cigarette addiction?

Replaces the cigaret: When helping someone quit smoking, we may prescribe one of a variety of "nicotine replacement systems": the patch, gum, lozenges, inhaler or spray. The pt sets a quit date; switches from smoking cigarettes to using one of the nrs's (such as the patch); and then the nrs is gradually tapered over the next 2-3 months, until nicotine has been eliminated from the body. ...Read more

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Are cigarettes a mental or physical addiction?

Are cigarettes a mental or physical addiction?

BOTH!!: I agree that cigarette smoking is most like both mental and physical in its addiction but sometimes can be more mental. For instance in someone that smokes 5 or less cigarettes a day, the addiction is more psychological. Nevertheless, it is all or none when you smoke. No such thing as a "casual" smoker. Try to quit or do not ever start. ...Read more

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Is smoking 2 cigarettes a day considerd an addiction?

Likely not: Addiction involves interference in your life activiites and often is associated with a significant number of cigarettes being smoked and smoking or thinking about smoking for significant periods of time. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if cigarettes cause other addictions besides nicotine?

Wanted to know if cigarettes cause other addictions besides nicotine?

No: Many smokers are dependent on the nicotine and never develop any other addictions. That being said, there are many people who are "cross-addicted" to cigarettes and any number of other drugs. ...Read more

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What is the best effective solution for nicotine addiction? My dad (55 years old) needs around 3 cigarette boxes a day, so about 60 cigarettes a day !

What is the best effective solution for nicotine addiction? My dad (55 years old) needs around 3 cigarette boxes a day, so about 60 cigarettes a day !

Professional help: Coordination with his family dr. Combination of behavioral therapy and perhaps Chantix if safe from a general medical perspective. ...Read more