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Smoking Cessation

Here you will find questions and answers that offer suggestions on how to stop smoking, including the health benefits (both short term and long term) from doing so.

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When you have quit smoking do you feel sad?

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Smoking stimulates the production of brain chemicals that make us feel good. As we become addicted to the nicotine, we require more and more of it simply to feel normal, and the brain produces less and less of the "feel good" chemmies, depending on the nicotine to stimulate production. When we quit, our decreased ability to manufacture them will cause us to feel depressed until our bodies are again able to produce normal levels without help.

Smoking also increases our metabolism, and stopping cause it to slow down. That, and the desire to be satisfying the oral craving for a cigarette, can cause us to gain weight. We need to go to the gym or walk or exercise in some other way. Exercising will also help reduce the depression. When we feel the need to put something in our mouth, we should chew on a toothpick or some gum.

We might gain some weight when we stop, but not to worry. It is more important that we stop smoking. After overcoming this powerful addiction, we can work on weight control at our leisure.

Can your lungs completely heal themselves as long as you quit smoking at an early age?

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Most people find that they are reasonably comfortable after a couple of months. The nicotine leaves your system within 24 hours, unless you are using replacement therapy (which we highly recommend -- the patch in particular, since it does not support the oral habit).

It is the readjustment of your brain to living without foreign stimulation that takes a long time. Experts believe that it never completely recovers, because a very few cigarettes years later can result in a full-blown addiction very rapidly.

There are habits that take a long time to get over, as well, such as reaching for a cigarette at certain times: on the phone, after a meal, with a drink, while driving, etc. This writer was appalled to find himself reaching toward his breast pocket for a smoke during an argument with his wife -- more than 10 years after he had completely quit.

Perhaps the most important advice we can give is to keep in mind that EVERY reason you come up with for having a smoke is simply an excuse to feed your addiction. There is no good reason. The weight gain can be dealt with by exercise, and depression and other emotional symptoms, if present, can be supported by Nicotine Anonymous and counseling if needed.

5 major community health problem?

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Pollution

Improper Disposal of Human Excreta and Sewage

Improper Refuse Storage and Disposal

Food Sanitation

Control of Rodents and Insects

How do you leave smoking?

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There are different ways of quit smoking.

Cold turkey (no outside help). About 90% of people who try to quit smoking do it without outside support -- no aids, therapy, or medicine. Although most people try to quit this way, it's not the most effective or successful method. Only between 4% and 7% are able to quit by doing it alone. Behavioral therapy This involves working with a counselor to find ways not to smoke. Together, you'll find your triggers (such as emotions or situations that make you want to smoke) and make a plan to get through the cravings. Now it can be done without a psychologist. I was reading about an app called "Quit Genius" in the Evening Standard. It's essentially a personal psychologist in your pocket and is like the Headspace for smoking and uses scientifically proven techniques o change the way you think about smoking. It is awesome.

Does nicotine by itself as in patches or gum weaken the immune system?

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Smoking affects your immune system because when you smoke, not enough oxygen is able to enter your lungs, which can lead to lung cancer; lung cancer eventually leads to death If not cared for properly. Smoking also kills enzymes and causes your immune system to weaken & when the res blood cells are in need of nourishment, [white blood cells were killed for smoking too much] there are no WBC's to aid them.

What are the major community health problems?

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Examples include; smoking, alcohol and drug abuse/dependence, domestic violence, infant and child nutrition, vaccination participation problems, STDs, and lack of health screenings (for blood pressure, obesity related problems, diabetes, cholesterol and triglyceride elevations, hepatitis, TB, and others).

Will your lungs clear up after being a smoker?

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Eight hours after you quit smoking, your lungs start to heal and will heal until they have fully healed. To do this better you must try to avoid inhaling any other chemicals from other drugs to household products. Go out into the country and breathe fresh air.

Reasons to quit smoking?

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You should quit smoking because It is the single most preventable cause of early death in the world. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and chronic lung disease. Each day 1200 people die from smoking in America. Cigarette smoking causes 87% of lung cancer and contributes to more than 400000 deaths each year in the United States.

Quitting smoking saves money. A pack a day smoker, who pays $8 per pack, can expect to save around $2900 per year. IF someone walked up to you and said "I will give you $3000 if you quit smoking for a year" would you say in reply "Nice- I will try!" If so, go look in a mirror and say it to yourself "I will give myself $3000 if I quit for a year", because if you quit, that is exactly what you will get.

How do you get your mom to quit smoking?

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Smoking cessation is extremely difficult. Your mother should consult her doctor, and follow his or her directions. However, you should know that unless she wants very much to stop, she will probably not be successful.

Why do you have mood swings after quitting smoking?

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Magical fairies enter your brain and begin dancing in circles, once the dizziness goes away, it means that they have left your head and have gone home for a nap. It doesn't mean its gone for good because the fairies may try to return. A GREAT method of keeping them away is to rub chicken fat all over your chest as fairies are naturally afraid of chicken fat and the musky odor that lingers around you. !!WARNING!! A side effect may be toe fungus troll may attack your feet. look up troll fungus to find out more.

How do pills help you quit smoking?

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Yes, dont know the name but my father used it and it was highly successful. After smoking more than 33 years it helped him to kick the habit. It is by prescription only, at least it was five years ago. Call your doctor or ask a pharmacist.

How long does nicotine take to leave your system when you quit smoking?

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The nicotine should be out of your system within 3 - 4 days after your last cigarette. But the cravings for it will last quite a bit longer since nicotine is addictive both physically and psychologically.

What is drug is used to quit smoking?

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Wellbutrin is the most common, but it doesn't work for everyone.

Chantix is another one that is supposed to be quite effective.

NiQuitin is the most popular in the UK and parts of Europe. In the UK, patients can even be offered to attend free quitting courses which hand out NiQuitin free of charge.

How long does it take for cigarette smoke to get out of your system?

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It depends on the individual and how much they smoke or inhale. A person is just at high risk if they live in a city full of smog such as L.A., Hong Kong and other Asian cities. If one wants to test it just take a white paper towel in the morning and clean your car windshield (if the car is parked outside) and you'll be shocked at how dirty it is and that's what you are breathing!

2 colonies where tobacco was an important crop?

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Tobacco played a important role in the economics of the thriteen colonies because it was the major export at the time. Another important crop was corn because they never heard of the plant until the settlers came to America.

Is nicotine added to tobacco products?

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At present, yes. The FDA intends to put a stop to it soon.
Nicotine is a natural component of tobacco, but tobacco companies routinely "fortify" tobacco, especially in cigarettes, the better to addict their customers.

Why does it seem that cigarette smoke smells stronger in cold weather?

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The burning of cigarettes is essentially a chemical reaction between the cigarette and oxygen. Temperature is one of the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions, so cold weather should slow the rate of burning of cigarettes.

This is because the lower the temperature, the less motion of molecules, and thus the collisions between reacting molecules are less frequent, resulting in a slower reaction.

About what percent of those who try in any one year to quit smoking cigarettes on their own actually succeed?

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At least in Canada there are no truthful stats. I got in touch with the B.C. Lung Assoc., posing as a non smoker and what I heard was astounding. Their stats are rated on 'guesstimates!' Some people are successful, but smoking is difficult for most people (they say as hard as trying to come off heroine) and there is no magic pill that will help, but just when the time is right for the person to quit. Many smokers do go back to smoking (may quit again until they quit entirely) and it can be caused by stress or just wanting the nicotine back in their body. When I phoned Mother's Against Drunk Drivers they had the exact stats of extreme injuries to death re car accidents/drunk drivers and this is because they get their stats from the police. If the government or certain people want others to quit smoking they should try to understand the addiction first (get to know what you are talking about) and provide as much support as possible. By hounding someone it only makes matters worse. The government has made huge revenues off tobacco products and the price of cigarettes has gone up dramatically so something smells pretty fishy there. I fear that the Canadian and U.S. governments are leading into dictatorship telling people to quit smoking, they are obese, what to eat, (on the news recently the U.S. is clamping down hard on certain restaurants re trans fats) but my idea of this is, people are adults and can make their own choices and NO government has the right to dictate what they think and if we allow this the next thing governments will start telling us how to live, what to read, etc., if people don't get their head out from under their rocks. The next thing I'm expecting is an old German tactic of ALL citizens had to have their radios on to listen to constant Propaganda and couldn't shut off the radio although they could turn it down. Here our governments are blaming smokers for everything down to the boil on someones butt when the whole of their environment is under stress and if they would put 1/8th of the effort into the whole of the environment this would be a better world to live in. There is a way to quit smoking, trust me.

What is the best ways to quit smoking without using the patch or the gum?

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There are various inhalers that are more like smoking, but they doesn't taste good (But then cigarette smoke does not actually taste good either, it is just that a smoker is used to the taste.) The disadvantage of this is that you are still carrying out the actions of smoking, so are not really "breaking the habit".

The best alternative is to just stop (Cold turkey.)

The worst symptoms will only last 1-3 days. After this what you really miss is the "actions" of smoking, rather than the drug.

On the plus side in a bout a week you will/may start to notice positive effects, warm feet, easier/quieter breathing, improved sense of smell to name but a few.

There are also a number of drug therapies available, but they tend to only be available on prescription.

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There are more smoking cessation products available in the market besides patches and gum. If it is really tough for you to quit smoking then you can try for herbal cigarettes. Herbal cigarettes are the best possible solution to quit smoking. Whenever you feel to smoke that time you should try one cigarette, it contains very less nicotine in it which is not harmful. After using it for some days it will slowly reduce your number of cigarettes of a day and with in 1-2 months you can easily quit smoking.

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You don't need anything to help you stop smoking. First of all, you "stop" smoking, you don't "quit". The word "quit" immediately implies that you are depriving yourself of something that you need. You are not. Instead of thinking "I need a cigarette", think "I'm so happy to be ridding my body of this poison that it doesn't need". That is the basic psychology behind it. Do not use any nicotine replacement products, you're just prolonging the misery for yourself.

What can help you quit smoking?

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Have I got something for you :)

My whole family quit smoking thanks to simple thing: electronic cigarettes. The idea is to decrease your nicotine dosage from month to month until you can smoke 0 nicotine electronic cigarettes. I'm living proof it works.

You'll find a link with good reviews below. All the best to you.

What percentage of Britain smokes?

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2009 statistics indicate around 20%

How do you make herbal smoking spice?

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Pick herbs. Dry. Get a glass piece and a lighter. Look closely. Real close. Throw herbs and grind into pavement. Load glass with ''Tha Bomb'' smoke until your eyes are RED RED RED. ...R...E...P...E...A...T... as needed never as directed.

When you quit smoking how long before you feel better?

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Yes it will. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit so if you stop smoking for that long it will get easier. There are big withdrawel symptoms when you give up smoking but once you get past them it will be okay. You are taking a substance away from your body and now it feels like it needs it. You have to teach it that it doesn't and that life is better with out that smoke leaving you breathless and stinking up your clothes.

What happens to your larynx when you smoke?

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When you exercise, your throat can have shortness of breath making it hard to exercise and breath. And also, smoking can cause lots of health issues such as throat cancer, lung cancer, heart malfunctions (heart attacks, etc) and also cancer and diseases. I also learned at school in a DARE program that over 44,000 people die every year in Canada to smoking. The addiction is nicotine in one cigarette that has over 200 poisons cause your throat to have breathing problems.