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How do i get ride of smokers throat? + im quitting soon, please help me.?
Okay i am 19, and i am quitting smoking in about 2 weeks because i still got one pack left, and i was wondering how i can get ride of the hacking up and sore throat mean while? its annoying i was trying to hid the smokeing part from my parents but its kind of impossible to when im always hacking up, (its my 4th year), that's one of the reasons im quitting is because i hate the stupid smokers throat, i only smoked about 5-10 a day and i hack up like crazy, but my brother who is 16 smokes twice as much as me and he doesn't have that problem? how come i do?
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no wait im just going to give them to my brother tomrow, im done right now, i don't care, 2 weeks is along time to wait!!!

Jimmy Diamond
cause you dont do enough cunninglingus

make a list of the things you like and dont like about smoking. pray for reality

Saying that you are going to quit in 2 weeks is so non-committal. If you really want to quit throw that pack out right now and stop.

jaime rae
Good for you, buddy! It's not easy at first. In time, though, it will get a lot more bearable. You have to get past the craving stage. No matter how sickened you are by it, there will still be a physical and mental pull to smoke just one more. Resist the urge! Don't beat yourself up if you don't resist, because no one is perfect, but every time you smoke again, you're slowing the quitting process down.

For the first 2 or 3 months, I was having heavy coughing fits. I could see and feel that my lungs had been caked in crap, and it was all breaking up and coming out. It's pretty cool. :) I'm including some tips for loosening congestion.

Drink a lot of water to flush your system, and try to avoid cough suppressants. Go ahead and get that stuff out!

One more thing, sunny, watch out for triggers: Those times that you *had* to have a smoke, like after a meal, or while driving or on the phone, etc. Those times will be especially tempting for a long time. (several months, perhaps) I chewed a lot of bubble gum! Watermelon flavor had a nice mellow flavor and stayed softer longer, so I used that most of the time. I got really good at blowing bubbles. (a bubble inside a bubble, inside a bubble! woo hoo!)

Here are some tips that help me when I'm fighting a cold, respiratory infection, or flu.....

take a sinus decongestant containing Phenylephrine 5mg. you don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
but if you want some extras, here you go: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, and you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
Ibuprofen is an excellent anti-inflammatory, but it's strong, so alternate it with Acetaminophen as needed for pain, pressure, and headaches.


stay home. (even one day can make a difference to your immune system. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
sleep. (bolsters up your immune system)
drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!!) (pee out those germs and flush 'em away!!)
take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea. (also strengthen the immune system)
eat too much garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. :) )
wash hands well and often. use moisturizing lotion or hand sanitizer to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
avoid milk and chocolate. dairy foods will thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.

the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty stomach. i hope you allow yourself some time to feel better soon! take care.

also i just learned a new tip from John Popper of Blues Traveler: very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. SOUNDS GROSS!!! he gargles it and spits up all kinds of nasty crap. might be worth a shot, but don't hurt your vocals! to be safe maybe just drink hot water with lemon and honey. that works too, and it's much more pleasant.

you will benefit most from the mucinex and water. (generic is fine... but don't take any DEXTROMETHORPHAN (cough suppressant) during the day. take it at night so you can stop coughing and get some rest. during the day, you need to drink a ton of water and break that crap up so it will leave you alone!)

PS: I have never been pregnant. I am not a doctor or nurse. I am just an uninsured person who gets sick and must self-treat. Please consult a physician or at the very least, look up side effects of the above suggested over-the-counter medications before taking them while pregnant or nursing.

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