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Can you get oral cancer 6 years after quitting smoking?

Can you get oral cancer 6 years after quitting smoking?

Yes: Risk for oral cancer remains elevated 6 years after stopping smoking, though it does decline from it's highest risk. A 1999 study indicated that after 10 years of no smoking, risk of oral cancer approximates the risk of someone who has never smoked. Drinking alcohol is also a risk factor for oral cancers, so you may want to think about eliminating that risk factor. Keep up the not smoking!! :) ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Smoking Cessation (Definition)

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


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What type of encouragement can I give my wife who is quitting smoking after 25 years?

What type of encouragement can I give my wife who is quitting smoking after 25 years?

Patience and toleran: With her approval dispose of all ash trays, cigarette lighters, cigarette packages stashed in pocketbooks or clothing or drawers. Contact her friends and co workers and request assistance and support. Go with her to her doctor to discuss medications or aids to stop smoking. Be physically supportive with a massage or neck rub if she gets anxious. Let her know how proud you are of her! ...Read more

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I'm on 10mg of lisinopril a day. Has worked for 3+ years. No other health issues. Working on quitting smoking. Now I have symptoms of Peyronies. Help?

I'm on 10mg of lisinopril a day. Has worked for 3+ years. No other health issues. Working on quitting smoking. Now I have symptoms of Peyronies. Help?

Not sure: Not sure what your question is. Lisinopril is a great medication- you are taking a low dose and your BP is not related to the other issues you speak of. You should work on quitting smoking. Check. Peyronies is treatable. ...Read more

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I have a gum bleeding after one year of quitting smoking of 35 years. What can I do before seeing the dentist?

I have a gum bleeding after one year of quitting smoking of 35 years. What can I do before seeing the dentist?

Good oral hygiene: Make sure you are brushing and flossing at least twice a day - best with a mechanical toothbrush and a water irrigation device (like a waterpik). 35 years of smoking has sadly taken its toll on your oral tissues. Consider seeing a dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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I have been on zoloft (sertraline) 100mg for 10 months for my panic attacks. A heavy smoker for 13 years. Considering quitting smoking using patches. What's ur advice?

I have been on zoloft (sertraline) 100mg for 10 months for my panic attacks. A heavy smoker for 13 years. Considering quitting smoking using patches. What's ur advice?

Smoking cessation: Is a difficult undertaking in almost all cases. It is advisable to cut down slowly prior to trying to quit altogether. Try smoking one fewer cigarettes/day until you get down to 3-4 cigarettes per day, then cut down more slowly, by smoking only 1/2 cig or 2-3 puffs. Nicotine patches help with withdrawal symptoms, but do not address other issues related to cigarette smoking, eg. Habit, social. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking at 40 aft 26 years @ 1/2 pack day Clear chest CT and pulm func test 1 yr ago Looking for positive words on benefit of quitting now?

Quitting smoking at 40 aft 26 years @ 1/2 pack day Clear chest CT and pulm func test 1 yr ago Looking for positive words on benefit of quitting now?

Smoking: First congratulations on stoping smoking!! It seems your studies are good they may deteriorate slightly due to the previous smoking but that's where is stops, You have prevented any further damage that would have occurred and some of the above mentioned possible damage may resolve. Again GOOD FOR YOU!! ...Read more

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Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Do I have copd?! emphysema? Almost 25. Wheezing. I'm quitting smoking after 8 years. Sob. History of anxiety. Cough that tastes bad. Doc says reflux

Unlikely: Not after 8 years, even 2 packs/day.Nicotine withdrawal slows gut=>constipation=>reflux which causes wheezing. Also, healing lungs eject retained smoky mucous from deep down that tastes bad ; increases wheeze. Anxiety worsens, too. If it helps, it all happened to me when I quit 2 packs/day for 9yrs. It's temporary. Drink lots of fluids, rest. Treat wheezing/reflux if needed. You're so worth it. ...Read more

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My boyfriend quit smoking 1 year ago & since then he has regurgitation after he eats. Any relation to quitting smoking or random timing?

My boyfriend quit smoking 1 year ago & since then he has regurgitation after he eats. Any relation to quitting smoking or random timing?

Stopped smoking: Congrats to your boyfriend. He needs to get the reflux checked out by his doc. Please help him not to use that as an excuse to start smoking again. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm a 18yo F with a pulse rate of 100-135 what should I do? I'm also a smoker of only a year. How can I slow it down? As well as quitting smoking

I'm a 18yo F with a pulse rate of 100-135 what should I do? I'm also a smoker of only a year. How can I slow it down? As well as quitting smoking

Hard to comment: First, the rate is up but should be well tolerated by your system at your age. The potential causes are numerous & would require a complete history, exam & some testing to sort out. Work on issues you can, like proper sleep/nutrition & harmony in your environment. But get a good checkup to rule out the medical stuff. Perhaps a visit with a life coach/therapist would help teach you coping skills. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking at 66?

Quitting smoking at 66?

Yes,: 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

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I need help for quitting smoking!?

I need help for quitting smoking!?

Chantrix: Chantrix is an newer treatment approved by the fda for smoking cessation. It is related to the antidepressant wellbutrin (bupropion) so it has similar medication profile. Chantrix has been shown to be effective in aiding a person in quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips on quitting smoking?

Can you suggest tips on quitting smoking?

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

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Will I gain weight after quitting smoking?

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

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What are the benefits of Quitting smoking?

What are the benefits of Quitting smoking?

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

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What should I expect after quitting smoking?

What should I expect after quitting smoking?

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

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What is the best method of quitting smoking?

What is the best method of quitting smoking?

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

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Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Which medication to support quitting smoking?

Chantix or Wellbutri: Both Chantix and wellbutrin (bupropion) can be helpful in the cessation of smoking tobacco. ...Read more

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Why do you gain weight after quitting smoking?

Nicotine is a poison: Nicotine is a metabolic poison, leading the body to waste one third of the calories ingested. So after quitting, the body uses all of the calories that used to be wasted, and weight is gained. In addition, nicotine suppresses appetite. ...Read more

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How to reduce bad moods when quitting smoking?

How to reduce bad moods when quitting smoking?

Exercise: Don exercise, group meetings & medications if needed. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Quitting smoking?

What are the complications of Quitting smoking?

Quitting Smoking: The major issue is the recurrence rate for returning to tobacco use. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies to quitting smoking?

What are some home remedies to quitting smoking?

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

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What are the stages involved in quitting smoking?

What are the stages involved in quitting smoking?

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

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Please tell me what to do after quitting smoking?

Please tell me what to do after quitting smoking?

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

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What consequences do you have by quitting smoking?

What consequences do you have by quitting smoking?

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

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Is the patch or pills better for quitting smoking?

Is the patch or pills better for quitting smoking?

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

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I'm curious as to why is quitting smoking so hard?

I'm curious as to why is quitting smoking so hard?

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

Dr. David Brouwer
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Quitting Smoking (Definition)

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