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 How to get rid of a cough ?
Ive had a bad cough for about a month and it was going away.Today after I came from school I took a nap and Ive been having a bad cough.I had some mucus in my throat and Im still coughing up some ...

 If someone's been smoking for 25 years, can their smokers cough disappear if they stop smoking?

 i have asthma, most of the time after i eat i wheeze. does this happen to anyone else? what can i do 2 stop it

 Why do i keep feeling short of breath?
i dont smoke & exercise ok
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also i have had a chest x-ray & all is ...

 I've never liked myself and always mess things up. Should I start smoking to help my attitude?
It just seems like if cigarettes make people feel better, it might work for me too! Your thoughts, and also, what brands should I experient with......

 is it true that the hospitals let patients smoke on their wards years ago in the uk?
My friend told me in the 1960s and 70s patients were allowed to smoke cigarettes in their hospital beds.
Is this true?
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Wow rianna that is scary....

 How do you stop someone from snoring?
I live with my mom and grandmother and they both snore, it frustrates me....

 I've quite smoking for a week now...?
I've quite many time's before... but this time I intend to...
Majority of people I know smoke... & I have stoped for health reasons'

Have you seen the new images ...

 I sometimes "catch" myself not breathing... i'd even wake up when im asleep... whats up with that?
btw im 26 been smoking for about 8-10 years... and dont really do much physical activities, im 5'10 160...

 my son is a pot smoker?
my son smoked pot but now he stopped. how can i get him to start again?...

 how can i quite smoking?

 What can be done about the swine flu?
I know doctors would recommend rest, drink fluids.

Is there a swine flu vaccine? Should I get injected?...

 2nd hand smoking ?
i heard that 2nd hand smoking is more harmful than 1st hand smoking

2nd hand smoking occurs when a non-smoker are breathing in the smoke beside the smoker

so to prevent the dmg ...

 Should I breathe today?
well...should I?...

 What's the best way to get rid of excess mucus and chest congestion?

 My mum has been in hospital for 3 months.....?
and is due to come home in about two weeks. She is 77yrs old and had pnuemonia,septicimia and a hole in her lung. The doctors said she would not make it, but today she had a home visit to see how she ...

 I have chronic asthma. My co-worker loves to wear perfume & scented lotions. How do I ask her to stop?
She knows this agravates my asthma & seems concerned when I have my attacks (which are getting progressively worse) but doesn't understand perfumed air fresheners are the same as perfumes. H...

 Help me. My wife is pregnant and she's cold. She's coguhing and has sore throat what is good for her?

 smoking and kissing someone with asthma?
is it possible that someone with asthma couldn't kiss someone that's smoked anything from cigars to weed. they couldn't kiss them for a month so they can get all of it out of there ...

 if i smoke only 2 times (TWICE) a week will that still kill me?
and if so...is there a safe frequency of smoking?? how many times a week or a month can i smoke and not get killed??...

how come I can't quit smoking? any suggestions? I'm at wits end?

you're not trying.

try this instead of smoking start buying lolipops ,they're less expensive and probably taste better too,, try having someone come with you every time you go to the store so if you start to buy them they can stop you.... hope it helps


Tammy H
talk to your doctor there is a pill that can help my friend took it and has not smoked for 3 months

c s
Psychological side effects of cigarettes. They are filled with additives and other chemicals. Tell yourself that you quit...do it..you may have withdrawls, in the long run it's worth it and your health will benefit too.

Big Red Ten
It's tough. I've been there (and back, and there, and back). My most recent, and thus-far successful, attempt? I just quit. Done. No more. I just wanted to quit, and it was done. I don't know if I ever really wanted to quit in the past. But this time, I did. And it worked. No tricks. No patches. No gum. No anti-depressants. Just quietly, and to myself, said "done".

melanie m
it helped me to do healthy things the whole time!! lots of fruit and veg and walking and stuff then you may feel good about doing so well and may not want to ruin your new healthy regium! if you mess up do it with a cheese burger not a cigarette GOOD LUCK!!!!

Because you have to be decisive

INDY Badboyin BLUE
i quit, use the patch it helps. but you have to have motivation

TX Mom
My parent smoked for years while I was a kid and I can't count the number of times they tried to quit. My mom quit, eventually, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She died 12 weeks later, 62 years of age.

I know how hard it must be. If she had had her choice, she'd have gotten off of them.

Hypnotism - this was the most effective, they quit for 3 days. But it was expensive, so they couldn't go back (I wish I'd known, I'd have sent the money!).

They've never tried acupuncture. I would try that because it's been around hundreds of years before our medicine even began. And it's very effective on pain. It wouldn't hurt to try.

I'd also try Chinese herbs--I'd go to the Chinese herbal store, talk to the licensed herbalist there and try what they give to you.

That's the best advice I can give you. Have a happy Thanksgiving!


That's a tough one. I quit this past January, after smoking a pack a day for about 25 years. I threw my last few cigs away in a public trash can , and went home. I did not leave the house for 3 days. I also used a nicotine patch for a few days. I NEVER thought I'd be able to do it. I had tried soooooo many times in the past. But, believe me. if I can do it, so can you. Good luck. I have my fingers crossed for you!

Super Surfer

I quit an 11 year addiction cold turkey, and I'm still going strong 3 years later. Going cold turkey is not easy, so don't feel overwhelmed if that's not for you. Try the nicotine gums, and there are other devices out there that will help. Ask your doctor, too, they probably have a better idea of what's out there than me. TONS of luck to you! And congrats on wanting to quit, that's the first step!!

The toughest part of kicking the habit of cigarette smoking is breaking the habit. While physically addictive, the most difficult aspect of this addiction is mental. You are used to smoking during particular instances...ie. after eating, first thing in the morning, while driving, etc. After a while, these times become routine and your mind associates them with the act of smoking. To be successful, some people need to break the habit moreso than the physical cravings.
The best method for breaking a habit is to change the routine things that your brain has associated the addiction with, ie meals, riding in a car, waking up, etc. The best way to change a routine is to change it over a period of time, slowly.
Instead of telling yourself that you can't smoke after your quitting deadline arrives, prepare your mind by building up to the event. Try this method:

Preparation- For one week, make a note of the exact time you smoke each cigarette during the day and be sure to note the exact behavior you were doing before lighting up
Cigarette @ 7:15 am (woke up before).
Cigarette @ 10:00 am (ate breakfast before)
Cigarette @ 12:09 pm (ate lunch before)
Cigarette @ 5:10pm & 5:25 pm (driving)
Cigarette @ 7:18 am (woke up before)
Cigarette @ 9:35 am (breakfast before)

After 1 week, look for a pattern in your smoking times. You will be able to see that a distinct routine is there, making it easier to identify what you associate the cigarette with throughout the day. Now, mark a start date on the calendar (at least 1 week away so you can mentally prepare for the occassion). On the start date, follow the following:

Day 1 - Do not smoke a cigarette at the same time of day that you did on the test week. Instead, tell yourself that you must wait 15 minutes longer each time you want a cigarette...this will make it easier to overcome the craving because your mind will know that it can wait another 15 minutes because at least then you can have the smoke. This begins the routine change necessary. Your brain is now starting to associate the event and the craving with a new timing...15 minutes longer.
Do this all day long, each time you want to smoke, force a 15 minute waiting time before you light up.

Day 2 - Same as above, but extend the waiting period to 20 minutes from time of craving and time that you light up.

Day 3 - Same as above, but add another 10 minutes, making a 30 minute waiting period.

Day 4 - Same as above but extend waiting period to 40 minutes.

Day 5 - Same as above but make the waiting period 45 minutes.

Day 6 - Same as above but change waiting period to 60 minutes.

Day 7 - Smoke the cigarette BEFORE the event. For example, before eating breakfast, smoke a cigarette and then eat. No cigarette for at least 90 minutes after eating (you just had one before breakfast). Do this all day long, smoking BEFORE and then not for 90 minutes afterwards.

Week 2, Day 1 -
Eliminate the first cigarette of the day altogether. On the rest of the cigarettes, the waiting period from trigger to smoking is now 60 minutes.

Week 2, Day 2 -
Eliminate the 1st and 2nd cigarettes of the day and then a 60 minute wait period for the rest of the day.

Week 2, Day 3 -
Same as above but also eliminate cigarette #3 and still 60 minutes waiting for the rest.

Week 2, Day 4 - No smoking before noon (or whatever time is the equivalent of lunchtime for your schedule). Then 60 minutes waiting for remainder of day.

Week 2, Day 5 - No smoking before dinner (or equivalent time) then free smoking for rest of evening (no waiting periods).

Week 2, Day 6 - No smoking until one hour before bed. Then smoke as many as you want for the last hour of the day with no waiting.

Week 2, Day 7 - One cigarette at lunch (or equivalent) and then no smoking for the rest of the day. Eat a mint right before bed, refreshing your mouth.

Week 3, Day 1 - You will want a cigarette but you do not smoke now. Replace all cigarettes with breath freshening items such as gum, mouthwash, mints. If a craving is TOO strong to overcome, make yourself wait no less than 3 hours from craving to smoking. BUT do not smoke at all unless the craving is too much to overcome, keep the 3 hour wait no matter what!!

Week 3, Day 2 - NO SMOKING, NO MATTER THE URGE. You are a non-smoker and your brain is now free of the routine and you should not really crave them badly. Find alternate habits, such as gum, mints, blowing bubbles, etc. Whatever works.

I found this to be the most comfortable, least stressful and the most successful method of stopping smoking. If you relapse, begin the next day with the same schedule of the previous day, do not break your schedule if you relapse, ignore the offense and keep going.

Good luck and best of health to you!

This may sound silly, but it worked for me. First, you have to be completely ready to quit and stay on track! Second, (and this is what worked for me), eat small candies when you want to smoke. I ate tons of Pez candy and Smarties. Good luck!

Also, I have an aunt who smoked for over 30 years and she quit successfully with Wellbutrin.

i, like you have tried to quit smoking for 2 years now, ignore the "your not trying" comment, it is a powerful addiction. Go to your doctors, you can get Zyban if you really cannot stop.

Oreo Schmoreo
Get some Nicorette fruit chill 4 mg. gum. It's wonderful.

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