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Allan Carr Stop Smoking
Alan Carr's easy way to stop smoking helped me n my wife quit smoking. But she is addicted to drinking daily. Is 3 glasses of red wine too much for he?
Try his book for it: If you both were pleased with his help on smoking, continue with his ideas on alcohol. Why switch from a winning strategy? The size of the glass matters of course and the issue of compulsion does too. So does her size, activity level, consumption w/ food, etc. But read his book - it's available to buy online. Best ...Read more
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
Here are some ideas:: 1. Allen Carr's Stop Smoking book - find it on Amazon. 2. Consider medications: like nicotine gum or patches available without prescription. 3. Talk to your doctor about prescription meds to help you (bupropion or Chantix). 4. Bribe yourself by setting up an award system with the money you save on cigarettes. 5. Don't give up. Sometimes it takes a few tries - worth it! LGromkoMD ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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!! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topamax : Anthenelli et al 2008 showed topiramate produced effects on smoking cessation. Male smokers had markedly greater quit rates than female smokers and men were roughly four times more likely to quit smoking when treated with topiramate as compared to placebo. Topiramate triple effects aiding smoking abstinence, attenuating nicotine withdrawal and preventing post-cessation weight gain. Its promising. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Congratulations!: Sounds to me like you want to stop smoking. I congratulate you for that. It's probably one of the best things you can do for your health as cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of morbidity and mortality, which is not only hurting yourself but also hurting your family, friends and society. The habit may not be easy to break. Nicotin patches and gums, Chantix and zyban can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many ways: Enroll in a formal smoking cessation program for emotional, physical group support. Consider nicotine replacement therapy (patches best, add gum/lozenge for acute craving) for about 3 months. Several prescription meds - Zyban (bupropion) and Chantix (varenicline) together with programs achieve a 40% quit rate. Wanting to is the chief necessary ingredient. Congrats on trying, and good luck!! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cold turkey.: As far as quitting without any nicotine replacement, the cold turkey method is great, and has proven to be the most successful method overall. 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!! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many kinds of help: Nicotine addiction is one of the most difficult for many people to deal with. However, there are MANY treatments, ranging from acupuncture to hypnosis, to group and individual support treatments, to nicotine replacement (patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, nasal spray) to prescription meds like Chantix (varenicline) and Zyban (bupropion). Many can be used in combination. Call 1-800-QUITNOW in U.S. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
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