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What is the approx. Duration of time after smoking cessation that people have trouble concentrating? This must improve after some time? Weeks?

What is the approx. Duration of time after smoking cessation that people have trouble concentrating? This must improve after some time? Weeks?

Nicotine addiction: Lasts only about 2-3 weeks, that is the withdrawal time from nicotine. The bigger problem is taking away a behavior from the brain that it is used to, like the moving of the lips, the movement of the hands, the inhaling and puffing. These are reflexes the brain is used to called behavioral modification, and worse when you see others smoke. Hang in there, it will get better and you'll be healthier. ...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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Advice about smoking cessation products?

Advice about smoking cessation products?

Review all options: Great information on a variety of treatments is available at http://smokefree.gov/explore-quit-methods People have quit on their own, with various methods and treatments. Research shows that the best chances for quitting happen with combination of coaching and medications -- if you need them to help with cravings. Free coaching at 800-QUIT-NOW. Good luck!!!! ...Read more

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What do you recommend for smoking cessation?

What do you recommend for smoking cessation?

Lots of support: Qutiting tobacco is very difficult. There are alot of options out there to help you quit. Non prescription methods include the patch, gum, and nicotine lozenges. These are available over the counter and are very helpful for most. Other options that require a prescription include Chantix and zyban (bupropion). In any situation, good support is key. Try contacting your local tobacco quitline. ...Read more

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What is the most effective smoking cessation program?

What is the most effective smoking cessation program?

Do it all: There are a host of medications, and your physician will advise you. You cannot do it alone, so join a group of accepting people who are trying to do the same thing. And perhaps most helpful -- you want revenge on the rotten tobacco company ceo who caused your addiction in the first place. Just for once let your outrage guide you in doing the right thing. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the criteria for a good smoking cessation program?

What is the criteria for a good smoking cessation program?

See below: There are no objective criteria. So the answer is: one that meets your schedule and works for you. Hopefully, the provider uses all available treatments. ...Read more

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What are the essential elements of a smoking cessation program?

What are the essential elements of a smoking cessation program?

Support and support: Details like setting a quit date, preparing yourself and your living space, planning for the quit day, learning to deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms, use of medications are all usually discussed in advance of quitting. Having the support of others who understand what you are going through, have suggestions for what can help, and just giving you encouragement is what such programs are about. ...Read more

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What are some things that can influence the effectiveness of smoking cessation programme?

What are some things that can influence the effectiveness of smoking cessation programme?

You: Your persistence, resolution and determination. Regular and routinely following whatever programme is implemented and also your environment- do you have a network of support rather than being surrounded by smokers. ...Read more

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How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

How many people often relapse into smoking after going through a smoking cessation program?

Depends: But long term success at smoking cessatoin under the most optimized clinical trial curcumstances is about 25%. This is why its best never to start. The tobacco companies know how hard it is for you to stop, and they have known for a long time. They have iontentianally designed their products to maximally addictive. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor sees somebody for smoking cessation?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for smoking cessation?

Primary care: Almost any doctor will encourage you to quit. Most primary care doctors have experience helping people quit. ...Read more

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Can accupuncture fore smoking cessation really work?

Can accupuncture fore smoking cessation really work?

Yes: Oh my gosh- it is very beneficial for cutting out cravings to smoke. There is an auricular (ear) p rotocol specific for smoking cessation. ...Read more

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How effective is smoking cessation for treating stroke?

How effective is smoking cessation for treating stroke?

Stroke: Smoking causes vascular contraction and can decrease cerebral blood flow. Stopping cigarette smoking is very important to preventing future strokes, progression of existing stroke worsening of underlying vascular disease. ...Read more

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Do you think insurance companies pay for smoking cessation programs?

Do you think insurance companies pay for smoking cessation programs?

Some do.: The best way to find out is to ask. Many insurance companies cover nicotine replacement patches and wellbutrin (bupropion) (an oral medication). Chantix (another pill) is not usually covered. 1-800-quit now is a free, personalized telephone support hotline for smoking cessation. And there is www.Quitnet.Com, which is also a good free resource. Good luck! ...Read more

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Smoking cessation: how long until I can officially call myself a non-smoker?

Smoking cessation: how long until I can officially call myself a non-smoker?

Never. Sorry.: The effects of having smoked on your body will likely be permanent. Furthermore, if you consider yourself a non smoker you may take your cessation for granted, which makes you likely to start smoking again. Remember the harms and the addiction and try to never revisit that ever again. ...Read more

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Is acupuncture effective for smoking cessation?

Is acupuncture effective for  smoking cessation?

Yes it could: By using ear loop points to that and other points done by some body how know what he is dong, it harmless way for quitting smoking, but the most important point in whole deal it is you , do you want to stop smoking? ...Read more

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When do the lungs recover from smoking cessation?

When do the lungs recover from smoking cessation?

Stopping Smoking: It is often thought that in the fifth year post cigarettes much of lung function has returned. But, this is not always the case. Any days post cigarettes are good for you. ...Read more

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Can smoking cessation patches be harmful as I have a fib?

Can smoking cessation patches be harmful as I have a fib?

Okay to use: No particular ill effect in patients with afib. It would be great if it helps you quit. Smoking is more harmful. ...Read more

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Do hospitals have a role or do activities to supporting smoking cessation?

Do hospitals have a role or do activities to supporting smoking cessation?

What hca??: Not sure what you mean - if you mean hca extract, the herbal supplement garcinia, I am not aware that it has been shown to have any role in helping smoking cessation. It is used as an appetite suppressant in trying to lose weight. If there is some other hca you are referring to, you will have to spell out what you are abbreviating. ...Read more

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Is it possible to attenuate the side effects of smoking cessation with Alpha GDC?

Is it possible to attenuate the side effects of smoking cessation with Alpha GDC?

Alpha-GPC ?: Alpha-glycerophosphocholine (Alpha-GPC or ?-GPC) is a dietery supplement that is a source of choline. People claim cognitive-promoting properties, and athletes use it to try to enhance power output. It is unlikely to improve side effects of smoking cessation. ...Read more