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 I wake up every morning with a sore throat?
why is ...

 im thinking about smoking pot....?
so im thinking about smoking pot. dont tell my its stupid or illegal, cause i realize the risks, but i have asthma and i'm a little worried about how smoking will affect that? does anyone know?...

 I am quitting smoking, and I want to start running, but I can't breathe. How long til I get my lungs back?

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I smoked for 1.5 years... I am 21. I am more wondering if smoking can cause asthma and/or if there is anything more I can do. I quit a month ago (34 days)...

 Coughing up a small amount of blood! HELP!?
Hi, i am 14 almost 15 (tomorrow) and i have had this cold for like 3 4 weeks and it's hit and miss atm, the last week or 2 i've noticed when i'm coughing up phlegm i'm coming up ...

 why are some of us more prone to suffering from excessive gas than others?

 I'm sick and I don't know what I have. Help please!?
This morning I was fine, but a few hours later my stomach started hurting (The place right above the belly button. The pain stopped if I lay straight on my back but comes back if I am sitting or ...

 I think I have asthma, but my mom won't take me to get it checked out?
I think I have excersise induced asthma, because about a minute into running, I can barely breath and my chest hurts.It goes away after about 15 minutes (after I'm done running).I've told ...

 I have panic attacks a lot...?
I get panic attacks, but only when I'm at school. In the past week I've had 5, and last week I had one nearly every day. :s They only last about ten minutes but I really hyperventilate and I...

 Several small dark spots on both lungs?
Patient has a history of asthma, allergies, smoking, heavy drinking, and asbestos exposure. Patient has been experiencing increasing difficulty in breathing over the past year and a half, with ...

 Does humidity affect asthma?

 Should I go back to the doctor?
Around last Wednesday night I came down with heavy breathing and croopy coughing, and I just thought it was allergies. It got was Thursday, so I stayed home Friday and went to the doctor. They said I ...

 if someones hands and feet are allways cold ,is it a circulation prob?
there not corn beef looking or anything just very cold,anybody had a prob like that cheers ...

 How to get rid of sore throats and coughing?
how can i get rid of it besides taking medicine bcuz the medicine is actually making me sleepy and i go to skool so i must be awake plz and thank ...

 I'm quitting smoking on Monday.?
Any sugestions on what will help be sucesful. I smoke a pack a day for the last 29 years. Any sucess stories? any help would be apreciated....

 What do you do if someone has a panic attack? How can you help them?

 anyone who really knows about asma?
My uncle is a bit of a fibber anyways,I was out with him this afternoon at dinner and we were talking about asma.

He said,he has a friend who has a six pack even doe he doesn't work ...

 I got my son's asthma inhaler (Albuterol) prescription filled today, but the expiration date is 04-08.?
Did asthma inhalers suddenly get a shorter usage time or did I get old product? Would the pharmacist take this back tomorrow (it's unopened) and find me one with a longer expiration date?...

 Does anyone else get bronchitis this often who doesn't smoke?
I have bronchitis for the third time in less than 3 months. I do not smoke and I take huge vitamin pills everyday. I went to the doctor just last month with bronchitis and was given a bunch of meds ...

 how do we care for our Immune System?

 WIthin the USA, where is the best place to live if you have asthma and reoccuring broncitis?
is it really like hot dry weather?
Or tropical?
Husband is talking about Florida but it rains alot. I have already lived their once. Wouldn't a place that rains alot put moisture into ...

Mike E
What is the best stop smoking product that actually works?
What have you used in order to stop smoking that actually worked? Is there such a thing as a REAL product that works?

Thomas W
i would not suggest any nictine products you may get addicted to them you should chew more chewing gum and try other activties that will take your mind off it.

Well, I was never a smoker, but from what I hear it's actually just cold turkey and stay out of the situations that make you crave the most weather social situations, tv, whatever.....good luck.....

meditation and exercise

go to doc and get Varenicline

I've had very good luck with Chantix. They have and excellent support system on line, and the product itself has mild side effects.
No product will work without some modicum of will power though.

well my parents tried everything last year andfinally stopped with the smoking pill but it tends to send people mad so it wouldnt advise it. The inhalor works quite good though

Patches do help as well as some mild anti-depressents. But the biggest help is determination. You will stop someday let it be today.

I quit cold turkey and havent had a smoke in 5 months. no product! its just a matter of how bad do you want to stop. yea its hard but not if you dont buy them. good luck!

quitting smoking is hard because people smoke for differant reasons and require differant ways of quitting.

For instance... if you smoke out of anxiety, usually you need a strong medication from your doctor

the patch works for sme people who smoke because they need the buz from the nicotine

And some people smoke because they have an oral fixation, which I hear gum helps.

My husband had tried quitting 4 times since I met him, he's an anxiety smoker. When I became pregnant, he finally went to the doctor and talked to him about quitting. He perscribed a few pills (Don't remember what they were called, but your doc would know) he only needed them for a few days and hasn't smoked in 3 months. I sugest talking to your doctor to figure out WHY you smoke, and he can help you find the right way to quit. Good luck, and props to you for trying to get rid of such an unhealthy habit.

I smoked for over 50 yrs and tried several times to stop I finally did it 4yrs ago I went on NHS group therapy they give so much advice and you can have a choice of what to try it was the best thing I ever did

yip yip yip
Well first and foremost I would never have been able to quit cold-turkey. Kudos to those it works for. I smoked 1 1/2-2 packs a day for 24 years and have now been smoke free for 5+ years. I don't constantly think about it or crave it one bit despite that some ex-smokers say they do. And I'll never pick the habit up again. Here's what worked for me:

The most important thing was that I sincerely wanted to quit. I didn't do it because I "should" or a doctor told me to. I was so determined that I was going to find a way and failure was not an option. That's how bad I wanted it. And what encouraged me in the first place was that I sold my house and decided to only smoke outside while it was on the market. I was shocked to realize that that alone cut my habit down to about 1/2 a pack a day without experiencing any nicotine cravings. In other words--most of my smoking was "just because."

I used the nicotine patch and zyban--the most effective method at the time was to combine the two. And it worked very well--ALMOST. I didn't crave the nicotine--the patch & pill took care of that. What I missed was the physical sensation of inhaling the smoke. Since you can't smoke and continue to wear the patch I took off the patch, bought a pack and continued to smoke for another month while searching for answers.

I found a tobacco shop that sold non-nicotine herbal cigarettes and bought them. Now in all honesty they tasted rather nasty, but they satisfied that urge to inhale. At the same time I de-sensitized myself to my "triggers," you know--get in the car light up a cigarette. Fire up the 'puter light up a cigarette. Finish dinner--smoke for dessert. Every time I thought about lighting up I just told myself I don't do that any more and gradually the triggers became meaningless to me. I'm convinced that the addiction is at least as much mental as it is physical. And gradually I got away from those stinky herbal ciggies too.

There are a couple of ways to use the patch and one of them is to just change it every 24 hours. I went through the first box of them and then stepped down to the lower level of nicotine with the next box. One day I was at work and it occured to me that I had forgotten to change my patch. For a split second I felt trapped, but then I thought about it. If I was only just now thinking about it (8 or 9 hours after the fact) then I obviously didn't need them anymore and I never used one again. Looking back I guess that was the defining moment when I realized I had done it!

Anyway--I hope you find perhaps some useful info in this answer. I love being a non-smoker! Good luck to you.

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