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I am trying to quit smoking. Any advice?

I am trying to quit smoking. Any advice?

Taper, plan, quit: Set a quit date. Cut down to 10 cigarettes a day or lower by then. Anticipate triggers that will make you crave smoking (being with other smokers, drinking, waking up, etc.) and prepare other things to do. Consider replacing nicotine (gum, patch etc.) which can double your chance of success. Call your doctor and smoke-free friends for help. If you don't quit forever try again! 1-800-quit-now. ...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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I have been trying to quit smoking, but patches don't work, what to do?

I have been trying to quit smoking, but patches don't work, what to do?

There are several: Other meds that your pcp could prescribe- whatever he gives you, stick with it ; quit smoking! ...Read more

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

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'm trying to quit smoking and my girlfriend said her Dr told her vap pens are worse than cigarretts. Is this true?

I'm trying to quit smoking and my girlfriend said her Dr told her vap pens are worse than cigarretts. Is this true?

Vap pens: Although the Vapor pens do not contain the Tar cigarets do there are no industry standards for what chemicals are in the solutions. The potential harm has yet to be determined. ...Read more

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I am trying to quit smoking and I am really struggling with relapse problems with it I need to know which quit meds are right for me?

I am trying to quit smoking and I am really struggling with relapse problems with it I need to know which quit meds are right for me?

Not just meds: The best results in studies come from a formal smoking cessation support program combined with a variety of medications. I generally recommend, as a first step, nicotine patches (based on how much you smoke) with nicotine lozenges (or gum) for immediate cravings on top of the patch. If unsuccessful, bupropion (Zyban or Wellbutrin) can be tried. The most successful med is varenicline (Chantix). ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking. It's very difficult. Are e cigarettes a safer alternative?

I'm trying to quit smoking. It's very difficult. Are e cigarettes a safer alternative?

Smoking addicted: 52 F: I'm trying to quit smoking. It's very difficult. Are e cigarettes a safer alternative? ANS: as a former smoker I understand the difficulty. But the heath benefits are very clear. Discuss with your Dr. and ask to be referred for help. Keep trying you can do it! ...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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Does nac really work if u trying to quit smoking?

Does nac really work if u trying to quit smoking?

NAC? Probably Not: Does this term, nac, refer to n-acetyl cysteine, a potent antioxidant, or nicotine replacement therapy, a proven smoking cessation method? 'No' to the first meaning, (although there may be a small effect in withdrawl symptoms, but not cravings) and 'yes' to the second. Nicotine replacement therapy (nrt) is a powerful tool in smoking cessation, if used judiciously and aggressively. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking? Too late to prevent wrinkling?

Trying to quit smoking? Too late to prevent wrinkling?

NEVER too late: It's never too late to stop smoking, no matter what your health concern is. If wrinkling is your biggest concern, smoking cessation and using sun screen are your best bets. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking cannabis, but its all gone wrong. Where can I get help?

Trying to quit smoking cannabis, but its all gone wrong. Where can I get help?

Combined tx: Saying you'll quit is the first in a long series of steps. There are 12 step programs, medical interventions, and individual psychotherapy that will help. Keep trying, but add some interventions to what you've tried so far. It may take a complete lifestyle change, like getting rid of paraphernalia and changing your friendships if they are still using. ...Read more

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Effective methods I can utilize to distract my mind when I'm trying to quit smoking?

Effective methods I can utilize to distract my mind when I'm trying to quit smoking?

A cessation program: In very large part, such programs offer exactly what you are asking for, as well as having support from fellow "sufferers" of nicotine withdrawal. I also strongly recommend that drug treatment be used, particularly if people have had prior unsuccessful "cold turkey" attempts. Nicotine replacement with patches, lozenges etc are 1st, bupropion (zyban etc) 2nd and Chantix 34rd in my recommendations. ...Read more

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Iff trying to quit smoking does it help to take up a hobby that uses my hands?

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 as your next hobby. ...Read more

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I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?

I have spontaneous pneumothorax. I smoke e-cigarette while im trying to quit smoking. Is it bad for my health?

Yes and no: Trying to wean from smoking with e-cigarette will not increase the incidence of pneumothorax. It is not the nicotine that's a problem in lungs, it is the tar and all the small particles. On the other hand the side effects of nicotine on blood vessels and bones and are still there. So I hope you will stop smoking completely soon. ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?

I'm trying to quit smoking, but failed every time. The nicotine patches don't help. Should i be in counseling or some program?

Might help: Behavioral counseling has been shown to be effective in the treatment of smoking. It is also often covered by insurance and is typically brief. Florida offers free programs including group settings; you can find them at www.Tobaccofreeflorida. Com. The first 3 days are the absolute worst and the first 3 weeks are the most critical. Maybe set your goal for 3 days to start. ...Read more

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I am trying to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes. I have cut down. Are these as harmful as real cigarettes? I recently had 3 stents /lad.

I am trying to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes. I have cut down. Are these as harmful as real cigarettes? I recently had 3 stents /lad.

No: Electronic cigarettes, though less well proven as a smoking cessation method, are not as harmful as real cigarettes. Regardless of how you quit, the most important thing is if you keep trying until you fully succeed in smoking cessation. Get help from your friends and family as well. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking, when I manage to for a day or so I feel depressed, gloomy, like I can't function right. I'm just kind of blah. Is that normal?

Trying to quit smoking, when I manage to for a day or so I feel depressed, gloomy, like I can't function right. I'm just kind of blah. Is that normal?

Not uncommon: The reason you feel that way is due to acute nicotine withdrawal. If you can stop for a while in several days those symptoms will go away. To reduce withdrawal you could use nicotine gum & slowly taper that, or make a blend of tobacco & smoking herbs & gradually reduce the amount of tobacco. A doc could prescribe zyban, (bupropion) an antidepressant that may also help reduce those symptoms. See my comment:. ...Read more

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I am trying to quit smoking. Been using the vapor e-cig. Is this health for me to keep using? Is there any bad side effects in using the vapor e-cig

I am trying to quit smoking.  Been using the vapor e-cig. Is this health for me to keep using? Is there any bad side effects in using the vapor e-cig

There are attacks: But, from what I've heard, this (like the patch ; gum) is a much safer way to obtain nicotine. The dangers from smoking cigarettes are the result of burned organic material creating tars and carbon monoxide. Other than its addictive properties nicotine does not appear to be a big contributor to disease. Some products may be manufactured better than others. Read honest reviews. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is nicotine chewing gum effective when trying to quit smoking?

Is nicotine chewing gum effective when trying to quit smoking?

Yes: Part of the smoking habit is chemical addiction of nicotine. By breaking this into two parts while maintaining the nicotine levels, you chances of breaking the smoking habit dramatically increases. ...Read more

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I'm trying to quit smoking is nicorette (nicotine gum) gum a good choice?

I'm trying to quit smoking is nicorette (nicotine gum) gum a good choice?

Not best: Anything that raises your nicotine level and then drops it creates a craving for cigarettes. Nicotine gum & spray do that. Patches feed you an even level of nicotine without spikes. If you use patches do not stop short of 2 months if you can afford that long. Do not rush this. It is a behavior as we'll as a chemical addiction. Wash your clothes. Stop alcohol & coffee if need be. Grad incr exercise. ...Read more

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Trying to quit smoking cigarettes so bought electronic cigs is that safe for me being diabetic?

Trying to quit smoking cigarettes so bought electronic cigs is that safe for me being diabetic?

As a transition, yes: Cigarettes have cadmium and nicotine which cause inflammation, stress, and cause cardiovascular disease and cancer diseases more common in diabetics. Electronic cigarettes hopefully have mainly nicotine but your own body and air pollution can contribute the cadmium, the best thing is take sufficient vit d because cadmium breaks it down and commit to stopping both. ...Read more

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I am trying to quit smoking & smoke only on fridays. Are e-cigarettes safe? There are conflicting articles and lack of data, advise?

I am trying to quit smoking & smoke only on fridays. Are e-cigarettes safe? There are conflicting articles and lack of data, advise?

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. I suggest not using e-cigarettes which can be just another form of dependence. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a person who has panic attacks to start having alot of attacks when they are trying to quit smoking cigarettes?

Is it normal for a person who has panic attacks to start having alot of attacks when they are trying to quit smoking cigarettes?

Smoking cessation: And panic attacks. Sometimes we try to trick ourselves back into smoking. Please be careful not to fall for the idea that you are having panic attacks so you can't stop smoking. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Wife is trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. In theory, she could wean off to no nicotine, but are they as bad or even worse than tobacco?

Wife is trying to quit smoking with e-cigarettes. In theory, she could wean off to no nicotine, but are they as bad or even worse than tobacco?

We don't know.: E-cigarettes are not recommended as a quitting aid. They are not regulated, we don't know much about the levels of nicotine and other chemicals, and there is no research that shows that they help smokers quit. More info found at http://smokefree. Gov/e-cigarettes
the best ways to quit are to use coaching and approved treatments such as nicotine patch, gum or lozenge or prescription medications. ...Read more

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26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage I've done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage I've done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

Yes: When you quit smoking you will enjoy reversal of all the consequences of smoking and will find that with more energy and better breathing you will be able to exercise, enjoy a healthy diet, have better thinking and an improved mood overall. After taking this courageous step, you will find having a healthy lifestyle quite easy. Congratulations. ...Read more

Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

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