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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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Is it safe to quit smoking cold turkey in pregnancy?

Is it safe to quit smoking cold turkey in pregnancy?

Yes: Quitting smoking doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms like quitting drugs. People tend to be irritable and testy and they will crave the nicotine, but this passes in five days, or so. After that, the craving is more about the habit. Some people get relief from chewing gum or eating carrot sticks. Doing things you can't do while smoking helps, too. Take a shower, or swim. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

First, you must want to quit
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Pick a stop date
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Explore quitting aids like the patch, gum, and prescription drugs
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Seek support -- quitting can be hard
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People are telling me it's unsafe for me to quit smoking cold turkey i'm 20 weeks pregnant is this true that my baby could go into shock? Help

People are telling me it's unsafe for me to quit smoking cold turkey i'm 20 weeks pregnant is this true that my baby could go into shock? Help

It works, go for it.: 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!! And it'll be better for your baby. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

I quit smoking cold turkey, at 15 weeks pregnant i'm now  to week 17 I have placenta previa will not smoking help it to move?

Not an OB: Specialist, but i dought it- whatever you do never smoke again, or be near anyone who smokes, particularly near baby. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Look at resources online like http://smokefree.gov/
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Talk to family and friends to get them to support you with quitting
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Pick a quit date. It's easiest if it's a Monday or the start of the month.
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Talk to your doctor about medicines to help you quit
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I have to quit smoking, and i can not do it cold turkey, i tried the patch, but i come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

I have to quit smoking, and i can not do it cold turkey, i tried the patch, but i come out in a rash, is the e- cigarette a good choice and is it safe?

Yes: The e-cigarette delivers nicotine in water vapor and the nicotine content can be tapered over time until you quit altogether. But don't just depend on this method alone. Also consider behavioral approaches and techniques like energy tapping. ...Read more

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Quitting Smoking (Checklist)

Make your decision, then choose a buddy/supporter
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Discuss your plan with your doctor
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Choose a quit date that's meaningful to you
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Cut out the source (where you buy the cigarettes, the money/credit)
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Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

Can you successfully quit smoking cold turkey?

It works, go for it.: 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 more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more

Smoking (Definition)

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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