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Pressure to quit smoking is making it harder for me to not smoke..Ironic. What do you recommend?

Pressure to quit smoking is making it harder for me to not smoke..Ironic. What do you recommend?

Can only quit 4 you!: Quitting smoking under pressure from someone else when you do not want to quit is almost guaranteed to fail. You will only quit when you have your own reason to quit. A smoking cessation program or a therapist can help you to clarify the pros and cons of quitting, after which you can make your own decision about whether you are ready or not. ...Read more

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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What do you advise if I'm trying to quit smoking, but I'm really finding it hard. I've tried patches, and now I'm trying lozenges. any tips?

What do you advise if I'm trying to quit smoking, but I'm really finding it hard. I've tried patches, and now I'm trying lozenges. any tips?

Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What's harder: quit smoking, drinking or procrastinating?

What's harder: quit smoking, drinking or procrastinating?

Chantix: Look closely at the getquit program one of the first two, not the third. ...Read more

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Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Physical Addiction: There is a physical addiction to nicotine. Additionally, very strong mouth and hand habits develop surrounding other daily activities. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's really that hard to quit smoking?

Can you explain if it's really that hard to quit smoking?

No easy answer: That all depends on how long you've been smoking, how much you smoke each day, which ways you've attempted to quit smoking, and how many previous attempts you've made to quit. It would be best to look into smoking cessation programs, check out the patch, and maybe consider counseling for smoking as an addiction. ...Read more

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Its so hard trying to quit smoking is there any medicines out there that seem to help?

Chantix and nicotine: There are medications that can help with quitting smoking. Chantix, nicotine patches, nicotine inhalers, and nicotine gum all can help in quitting smoking. Follow up with your doctor for his or her recommendations. ...Read more

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I want to quit smoking but it's really hard when my fiancé smokes too what should I do to quit?

I want to quit smoking but it's really hard when my fiancé smokes too what should I do to quit?

Team approach: You are correct. It is very hard to quit if both members of the relationship are not committed to success. ...Read more

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I wanna quit smoking but its hard to quit? Its 10 yrs since i started smoking, and im so worried about my health

I wanna quit smoking but its hard to quit? Its 10 yrs since i started smoking, and im so  worried about my health

Hard but worth it: Hi. Yes, addiction is difficult to overcome. I don't even know you or your family history, but I'm worried about your health too! So buck up and QUIT! There are prescription medications that can help (Chantix and bupropion, primarily). Use one of them. USE ANYTHING. But quit before it's too late. It's a really sad, ugly death. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's harder to lose weight after you quit smoking?

Do doctors think it's harder to lose weight after you quit smoking?

Quit smoking weight: Quitting smoking cold turkey causes in an increase in your body's Insulin levels that peaks at 3 months and is over by 6 months tobacco free. However an increased Insulin level means you are always hungry and struggling to keep a normal blood sugar, thus people gain weight. In addition, higher Insulin levels encourage fat storage in your body. For some people, weaning off tobacco prevents this. ...Read more

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Was getting erections. Decided to improve diet, quit smoking, and drink way less to improve love life. Now not getting hard at all. What's going on?

Was getting erections. Decided to improve diet, quit smoking, and drink way less to improve love life. Now not getting hard at all. What's going on?

Erectile dysfunction: Is complex and reflects an imbalance in the autonomic (automatic) nervous system, you are doing the right thing by changing diet etc. The trouble is that the symptoms often get worse for a time before recovery occurs. Stick with he changes and add b complex, magnesium and a multivitamin as supplements. You are suffering withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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I would like to know what doctors think about the electronic cigarette..I have recently quit smoking and I use the e cig when I am having a hard time.?

I would like to know what doctors think about the electronic cigarette..I have recently quit smoking and I use the e cig when I am having a hard time.?

E-cigarettes.: Technically speaking, we don't really know the safety of those electronic cigarettes in the long term. But what they do help with is removing your emotional and mental attachment to actual cigarettes, which could ultimately help you quit everything. As well, there seem to be fewer ingredients in them; there are 42 carcinogens in cigarettes. ...Read more

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Do aa and na meetings make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes? A lot of my friends there smoke & oldtimers say not to quit too early.

Do aa and na meetings make it harder to quit smoking cigarettes? A lot of my friends there smoke & oldtimers say not to quit too early.

Addicts OK Addiction: As with most problems people do not want to address (vs. Only a few symptoms which cost them quality of life) people find many ways to justify ; continue addiction, not undermine or confront addictions they do not want to give up. The more you spend time around such people, the more they will promote you to join ; justify their choices ; behaviors. Your choices powerfully affect your outcomes. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 3 months ago. I still find it hard to breath. I get winded walking up stairs. Should i not be improving by now?

I quit smoking 3 months ago. I still find it hard to breath. I get winded walking up stairs. Should i not be improving by now?

May not: And may never either. When you stop smoking with already a bad lung, the lung does not necessarily improve. Stopping smoking will bring the decline of lung function parallel to a nonsmoker in time but because now it is starting at a lower level of function, always will be lower. The rate of decline or worsening of lung function is what is helped by smoking cessation. The damage not repairable. ...Read more

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I am finding it hard to quit smoking. please advise on nicotine replacement therapy.

I am finding it hard to quit smoking. please advise on nicotine replacement therapy.

Blood should help!: I hope experts in nicotine also answer - but let me add this to whatever they say. A part of smoking that is actually good for you is the breath pattern. It is the best way to clear old air, lowers BP and helps us relax. So, when folk quit - they lose this. Don't! Keep doing that pattern as often and long as if you were smoking - just w/o the tobacco. It will help! ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking but i have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Trying to quit smoking but i have an anxiety disorder which is making it hard. Cant use chantix, it gave me nightmares and worsened anxiety attacks

Yoga may be an: effective treatment component for nicotine dependence among individuals with high anxiety sensitivity, according to data presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America annual conference. There are many other non-medication anxiety management strategies to consider with a counselor. Combining many increases impact. Best regards. ...Read more

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I have been smoking from last two years and now i really want to quit it because now there are tiny grey patches that have appeared on my lower lip. and i am seriously concerned about it. i am having hard time to quit smoking all of a sudden so now i a

I have been smoking from last two years and now i really want to quit it because now there are tiny grey patches that have appeared on my lower lip. and i am seriously concerned about it.   i am having  hard time to quit smoking all of a sudden so now i a

Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. See doc to examine your lips. ...Read more

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I quit smoking around 2 months ago. This week i have suddenly found it hard to inhale deeply and my chest feels tight What could this be?

I quit smoking around 2 months ago. This week i have suddenly found it hard to inhale deeply and my chest feels tight What could this be?

Unlikely that your: present symptoms are related to your victory over smoking. There are several possibilities here. Please see your doc for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I just wear a nicotine patch forever instead of trying to wean off. I worked to hard to quit smoking and don't want to fall off the wagon.?

Can I just wear a nicotine patch forever instead of trying to wean off. I worked to hard to quit smoking and don't want to fall off the wagon.?

Slow growth is good: One day at a time works best. If you wean off very gently, and use mutual support, you may find that recovery is possible. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?

Why does my upper chest or bronchs vibrate when exhaling hard? There's no phlegm/mucus/cough. Quit smoking pot recently but never smoked cigs. Normal?

Impossible to say: You need a physical examination of your chest, and may need additional tests, such as a chest x-ray, to really give an answer. Often, some obstruction in the upper airway, like a polyp or an aspirated foreign body, can cause such sounds, but usually there will be cough, sputum, mucus etc. You need to be examined if it is bothering or worrying you. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more