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How Do You Feel After Quitting Smoking
Stopping smoking can only help your health. Most important is your desire to stop. There are many strategies to help, from nicotine patches/gum & various pharmaceutical meds to acupuncture & hypnosis. Exercise & relaxation helps. For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking. Htm & www. Shareguide. Com/smoking. Html
also see my comment. Good luck! ...Read more
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
Harness your rage: Other people will tell you things that may help -- i'll tell you to resolve not to give one more penny to those despicable people who got you addicted in the first place by their vile advertising. Every time you smoke, you reward the tobacco company ceo's. As the jedi emperor said, "use your hate." just this once, you have a good reason. ...Read more
It can be avoided:
Weight gain after quitting smoking usually results from two things, both of which can be avoided.
One is the result of not breaking the hand to mouth habit of smoking, but replacing the cigarette with food.
The second is the result of the body's metabolism slowing down as much as 10% upon removal of the nicotine stimulation.
So reducing your calorie intake could help avoid gaining weight. ...Read more
TNTC: Is something that lab techs who are looking at a urinalysis will say if the white cells in the urine (a sign of infection) are "TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT." Ditto for benefits of quitting smoking. Not smelling like an ashtray, having stains on fingers, mouth, lips, whole house stinks. Not getting various cancers, bronchitis, emphysema, heart attack, stroke and million more things even more significant ...Read more
You will probably: Have nicotine withdrawal depending on the amount of cigarettes you smoked daily by going cold turkey. So, you can feel all the symptoms you listed: headache, restlessness, anxiety, jittery, and uncomfortable, like you should have something in your hand. Some people use blank straws cut into cigarette size, carrot or celery sticks, as low calorie alternative, until that habit dissipates. ...Read more
Be angry at it: The nih has a wonderful website with many resources for smokers who want to stop. Visit it to see if it can help you. Your doctor plays an important role in supporting you and helping with medications if necessary. See http://health. Nih. Gov/topic/smokingcessation or http://www. Surgeongeneral. Gov/initiatives/tobacco/index. Html. ...Read more
Quitting smoking: Otc methods for quitting smoking include cold turkey, hypnosis, placing your daily allotment of cigarettes into a plastic bag and cutting down by just one a day, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and electronic cigarettes. Good luck! ...Read more
Thinking/trying/stop: People tend to either be thinking about quitting, ready to try to quit, or just stopped and working hard at staying that way. There are great resources for every smoker at http://www. Smokefree. Gov/ the important thing is to give it a try, and get some 'tobacco-free' days behind you. Then you're at the next stage! Good luck! ...Read more
Good of you to ask..: Having urges and cravings for nicotine confirm that you were addicted. The best way to minimize physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms is to gradually reduce the amount of the drug you are taking. The best way for you to do this is with nicotine replacement therapy, such as the patches that provide a constant low dose in three strengths that you can taper down over 1-2 weeks each. ...Read more
Being healthier: The benefits of quiting smoking are multiple and begin within the first few days (see graphic). You will experience less shortness of breath, more energy and your risk of lung cancer, emphysema and other lung diseases will go down. Is it easy? No, but it is definitely worth it. See your doc as soon as you're ready to see what help and support they can offer you. ...Read more
Person dependent: I love helping people stop smoking! There is no single effective plan for everyone though. First we need to talk about your habits, what you've tried before, mood/ behavior tendencies, how much nicotine you use, etc. Etc. Most of the time a combination of techniques is best! ...Read more
Many reasons: Nicotine activates primitive pathways in the brain associated 'reward'' and 'safe/secure'. This is the same primitive signal that we associate with other good feelings; food when hungry, new love, or even sex activate the same signal. Taking that signal away is very unpleasant. Stopping nicotine leads to the opposite, loss of a sense of security (anxiety) and eliminates the 'reward' signal. ...Read more
Patches, gum, prescription medication such as Chantix, the “cold turkey” method, or a combination of these. It’s an individual choice.
Whichever you decide, please try as many methods in as many combinations as you need to, provided they are safe to do so, and keep trying.
Good luck! ...Read more
Usually early on:
Everyone's different, but if you are totally tobacco free, the firstfewdays to weeks. If you're physically dependent (most are) then nicotine withdrawal can cause cravings and other symptoms. No magic but quit smoking meds can help, nicotine gum, etcll. The
key is: distraction. Do something else like take a walk and the craving will pass. Some have cravings for 4 weeks. Free help at 800-QUIT-NOW ...Read more
Change behavior: The hardest part of quitting is the fact that you have strong behavioral rituals around the habit. Things like always smoking when driving or after a meal are examples. You must give your self something else to do at these times. Sugar-free gum can help. ...Read more
Work with your Docto:
There are many ways to quit smoking from goig cold turkey to therapy to nicotine replacement and other drugs like zyban (bupropion) and chantix
most people who have smoked over long time and are serious about quiting the best way in my opinion is to work with your health care provider, who knows your history and can motivate you and recommend the best regimen which will work for you. It could be referal or rx. ...Read more
Chantix and Zyban (bupropion):
Beside nicotine replacement gums and patches available over the counter. There are only two drugs approved by fda for quitting smoking
chantix works b reactivating nicotine receptors in the brain which reduces craving for nicotine
zyban is an anti depressantby cotrollong Dopamine andnorepinephrine neurotrnsmitters that help monitor moods, those are also associated with craving nicotine and addiction. ...Read more
Of course it COULD: The success rate of smoking cessation efforts without any help at all is less than 5%. If nicotine replacement therapy is added (patches, gum etc.) the quit rate can go up to 10-15%, and if a smoking cessation program is added, this can improve chances up to 25-30%. The best results are from the use of prescription meds (Zyban, Chantix) combined with a program, with quit rates nearing 45%. ...Read more
Quickly: Effects of withdrawal happen in minutes to hours after last use, the more you smoke the quicker you are having withdrawal and craving. Expect this it will get better, keep an eye on your reasons for quitting, seek support, meds can help, but strong desire is most important. You will then have positive effects of quitting, mood more stable, anxiety better, physically feel better. You can do it! ...Read more
Possibilities...: Your cough may be a sign of bronchospasm. It is possible you have COPD as a result of your smoking. Smoking cessation is necessary to decrease airway inflammation so congrats on quitting. You need to see your doctor so this cough can be diagnosed and treated. There is no cure for COPD but treatments are available to control symptoms, including the cough so see your doctor asap! ...Read more
FoodChoice, WtDaily &: Hf/lc non/minimally processed foods least likely to be stored as fat, yet quantities & activity levels also factors. Lf/hc, as promoted for decades, drives obesity for many, including exercisers & smokers. Yet issues & balances critical, thus wt daily to 0.1 lb, record/track while you still remember specifics & adjust. Study big fat lies, mcgovern's report, dietdoctor, science for smart people etc. ...Read more