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Smoking Questions

I am 43, primary hypertensive. Been smoking like 15 - 20 cigs almost for past 20 odd years. Now I want to quit - for reasons of primarily physiological health but also to achieve greater harmony and reduced life friction over domestic, psychological and financial areas, as well as to boost self-confidence and maybe even personal dignity. I come from a Sikh family, though clean shaven and liberal. How can you help me quit smoking?

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Congratulations for quitting smoking. You have already listed out its many benefits. Please try to stop smoking at the earliest. It has many health benefits in the long run. When you stop suddenly, you may get withdrawal symptoms like restlessness, irritability, lack of concentration, increased hunger, sleep disturbance, headache, impatience, anxiety, depression, etc. If you have them please don’t get back to smoking, take nicotine gum or lozenge or patch. They are available in all medical shops. You don’t need a prescription from doctors. Use 2 mg gum if you smoke less than 25 cigarettes/day. Use 4 mg gum if you smoke more than 25 cigarettes/day. First 6 weeks, use 1 gum every 1 – 2 hours. Reduce it in week 7 – 9 to one gum every 2 – 4 hours. In week 10 – 12, reduce it further to 1 gum every 4 -8 hours. By 3 months, you will be able to stop both cigarettes and gum fully without any withdrawal symptoms. Please feel confident that you can do it and give yourself some gift for doing it like vacation or books or new mobile. Smoking is a chronic relapsing condition like diabetes and B.P. So please don’t worry if you restart smoking. Start all over again to stop. You will learn the situations that make you smoke and avoid them. Please think of health benefits and money saved often. Plan how to avoid relapsing situations, like smoking friends, use of alcohol, stressful feeling or depression. Delay, drink, deep breathe, distract and discuss are the helpful tips. Increase of non smoking zones, gift yourself for stopping smoking. Even chewing cinnamon may delay. Please remember that the urge to smoke comes and goes like waves. Delay and see whether it goes away. It will be like a passing cloud.
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Hello sir please give me a diet chart for weight loss and fat belly burn. And one more thing how to change smoking habits.

M.Sc. Dietetics/Nutrition, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Meerut
Hello sir
please give me a diet chart for weight loss and fat belly burn. And one more thing how to change smoking ha...
Hello lybrate-user for I can provide you the diet plan for weight loss but for belly fat you have to do start some exercise and for smoking I need proper details like are you a chain smoker or you smoke rarely.
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I'm addicted of smoking how I prevent this my body is greatly destroyed. Please suggest me.

Dr. Muralidhara K A 88% (218 ratings)
MBBS, MD-Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Smoking use ,can be stopped using anticraving medicines, nicotine replacement therapies. Since your case requires detailed evaluation, kindly take appointment for online consultation.
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Is there any danger, If I some cigar once in a month or intermittently in months of year.

Dr. Ramakrishna Chanduri 88% (2518 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples your risk of dying from lung cancer. And social smoking is particularly bad for your heart, as bad as regular smoking, it seems. Studies have shown light and intermittent smokers have nearly the same risk of heart disease as people who smoke daily, Professor Currow said.
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I used to smoke nearly 7-10 cigarettes a day, now I have planned to quit smoking. I past smoked yesterday night before sleep and haven't smokey till 8: 45 pm today, but my craving is like so high. So I want suggestions that which one is recommended, To quit smoking suddenly and totally? Or By reducing with less number of Counts? Please your suggestions are very valuable. Thanks and Regards.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear lybrate-user, Congratulate for quitting smoking. Please continue to motivate him to quit smoking. Since the craving is high, let him reduce 1 cigarette less per week and quit totally in 7-12 weeks time. He can also take the help from nicotine gum or patch to manage withdrawal symptoms.
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I want stop smoking. Presently am smoking 13 to 16 cigarettes in a day. I tried my best to stop but it's not practical. at last I tried Nicotex also. No use. Can you please suggest me any medicines to stop smoking. Please.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Best age to stop smoking is before 40 In fact do not start all Only by using strong will power and avoiding all situations where you feel like smoking, chewing tobacco/ or drugs or drinking or using drugs/ weed, avoiding friends who smoke and diverting mind by reading or chewing a gum, like NICORETTE and taking a walk when you crave for a smoke can all help. You can chew Nicorette gum which is nicotine replacement. There are medicines available. Which can be prescribed if asked personally Cigarette smoking is a leading preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 60 lakh people worldwide every year. More than 50% of regular smokers would invariably die from tobacco-related illnesses which includes heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lung diseases. Best age to stop smoking is before 40 31st May is “World No Tobacco Day” Quitting smoking before the age of 40 is associated with larger decline in premature death than stopping it at a later date. Best age therefore to stop smoking is before 40. However, stopping smoking even after the age of 50 is still associated with lower risk of death as compared to those who continue to smoke. Even in smokers aged 80 years or more, quitting smoking appears to reduce some mortality. Prescription for any drug can be given only in consultation page and you can consult me privately here on this site, if you want medication.
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I am not able to loose my fat so I wanted to loose my fat and also I wanted to quit smoking so for stopping the smoking wat 8 have to do.

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
I am not able to loose my fat so I wanted to loose my fat and also I wanted to quit smoking so for stopping the smoki...
You need to take high fiber low fat diet. Drink lot of water everyday. Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals. Avoid outside food completely. Ask me privately for customized diet plan for you. Do meditation everyday to quit smoking.
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A day before yesterday I have smoked 4 to 5 cigarette for the 1st time and I am suffering from severe headache ,nausea, dizziness, throat and chest pain. What should I do to be normal.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Mikkuu, Stop smoking again whatever friends advise otherwise. Nicotine is short acting, these symptoms will vanish soon. If you have fever, consult a doctor. It may not be nicotine reaction.
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I am a student. Exams are nearing so I don't plan on quitting soon fearing withdrawal. I study in library so can I use nicotex to cut down on smoke breaks.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Josiah, Please use nicotex and cut down on smoking. After exams completely stop smoking. It has many health benefits. All the best.
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