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What negative side effects to quitting smoking are there?

What negative side effects to quitting smoking are there?

They're temporary: There's very little down side to stopping tobacco, and huge benefits that last forever. "Side effects" are highly variable, meaning some people have none, and some have temporary discomfort and other symptoms of withdrawal. Such as being irritable, sleepy, etc. These go away. Some folks crave certain foods, and may gain weight. Drink water. More info at http://smokefree.gov/steps-to-prepare ...Read more

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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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Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Are muscle aches a common side effect when quitting smoking cigarettes?

Yes: Muscle aches are not invariable in people who are trying to quit smoking, but they do occur. Nicotine is a muscle relaxant, and in withdrawal muscles can get tighter, causing pain and sometimes even spasm ("charley-horses"). Hot baths or hot backs, a heating pad all may help. If they are severe, nicotine replacement with patches, gum or lozenges will do the trick. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the negative side effects of smoking cigarettes?

Can you please describe the negative side effects of smoking cigarettes?

count the ways: Nicotine paralizes cilia in lung causes more serious infections, cough, gross phlegm. Co weakens you and has the same effect as anemia. The smoke destroys the lung leading to emphesema. Your skin gets coarse and premature aging. Teeth/fingers get yellow. You smell gross. Oh yes, cancer of lungs, mouth, stomach and other organs. Also, anxiety, depression. But it might look cool. ...Read more

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Why and what are withdrawals when you quit smoking tobacco products?

Why and what are withdrawals when you quit smoking tobacco products?

Nicotine effects: Our body becomes used to nicotine and feels the loss when you quit. (Addiction) The physical w/drawal only lasts ~1 week - but the psychological habit can be very long lasting. There are mental/mood/energy issues and appetite/sleep changes. None are what most folk like. But they only last awhile unless we allow our psychological neediness to take over. Nicotine is an active/interactive substance. ...Read more

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How long will I suffer side effects from quitting smoking?

How long will I suffer side effects from quitting smoking?

Variable: The most difficult effects are over within a week. Occasionally, patients will have sporadic cravings off and on for longer periods that lessen in intensity with time. ...Read more

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Can smoking cigarettes while on Buspar (buspirone) have unwanted effects?

Can smoking cigarettes while on Buspar (buspirone) have unwanted effects?

Don't think so...: I am wondering what you may have experienced that makes you ask that, I have never heard of anyone complain about this. We can learn from you! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of smoking weed and cigarettes but taking a break from weed and start to smoke cigarettes more ?

What are the side effects of smoking weed and cigarettes but taking a break from weed and start to smoke cigarettes more ?

Respiratory/heart: Neither is good to use, so taking "a break" from both would have the side effect of better health. Smoking tobacco or weed creates the same dilemma for lung health -inhaling partially combusted botanical material laced with chemicals. Equally, cardiovascular health is compromised by using either. Infections occur more frequently in smokers too. So quit both & try not to rationalize their use. ...Read more

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What happens when you finally can quit smoking cigarettes?

What happens when you finally can quit smoking cigarettes?

Better health!: There is a very long list of benefits. There are 50 known cancer-causing chemicals, so those go away. Carbon monoxide and other ingredients that reduce blood flow go away. Your breath and smell and taste is better. Your lungs work better. Your ability to exercise improves. And more money in your pocket! you many have temporary symptoms of nicotine withdrawal, but those go away too. Go for it! ...Read more

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When do my risks drop after quitting drinking and abusing drugs?

When do my risks drop after quitting drinking and abusing drugs?

Immediately: The difficulty is to stay sober and off all drugs in the long run. Stay the course! ...Read more

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When after you quit smoking should you feel the benefit?

When after you quit smoking should you feel the benefit?

Some quick some slow: Kudos for quitting! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yrself when they come however you can. ...Read more

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When after quitting chantix can you drink again?

When after quitting chantix can you drink again?

Never: I worry about the person who asks, "when can i drink again." it indicates that they may have an alcohol addiction. I would ask yourself why you are already planning out when your next drink will be. ...Read more

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Tried to quit smoking by using nicotine gums but now i'm addicted to the gums. What are the side effects and how do I quit gums. Please help.

Tried to quit smoking by using nicotine gums but now i'm addicted to the gums. What are the side effects and how do I quit gums. Please help.

Not as bad...: Nicotine is the addictive chemical in tobacco. You should gradually decrease your usage week over week until you are no longer using. Nicotine gum is much better than smoking - so congratulations for being tobacco free! ...Read more

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I quit smoking weed started smoking cigarettes tried to smoke weed again had 1 anxiety attack but i can't smoke no more will the anxiety go away ?

I quit smoking weed started smoking cigarettes tried to smoke weed again had 1 anxiety attack but i can't smoke no more will the anxiety go away ?

Yes: The effects of smoking marijuana generally last just a few hours- the effects will wane hour by hour and within 6-8 hours you will likely be feeling no effect. However, it may feel like a much longer time if you are anxious. If your anxiety persists beyond this it is not directly caused by the marijuana. Taking magnesium glycinate or citrate & drinking tulsi tea should help calm you. See comment:. ...Read more

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Why can't i smoke weed but can smoke cigarettes is it because of anxiety because i quit smoking weed then started smoking cigs but now i stopped?

Why can't i smoke weed but can smoke cigarettes is it because of anxiety because i quit smoking weed then started smoking cigs but now i stopped?

Marijuana Side Effec: Some people have a paradoxical reaction to the cannabanoids in marijuana. Severe anxiety can be the result. If i could i would wish for you a life without smoking nicotine. Just take it from an old man who used to live in baltimore that this habit will not bring you anything good or healthy. ...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