do millions of people around the world, who are aware of smoking's
dangers to their lungs
and overall health, still continue to smoke?
is that nicotine helps boost a brain chemical called dopamine
which, in short, simply makes smokers feel good ... and leaves
them wanting more. For this reason, those who abruptly quit
often find it takes several attempts before they can permanently
kick the habit.
withdrawal symptoms may vary depending on how long and how
much they've smoked. Mild-to-severe symptoms typically include
colds, congestion, tremors, insomnia, anxiety, irritability,
and digestive upset.
to physical symptoms (which usually dissipate after 72 hours),
psychological withdrawal may persist for many months afterward.
Upon awakening or going to bed, in times of stress or elation,
following a meal, in social situations, while drinking alcohol,
or any other time the subconscious expects a nicotine fix is
when cravings are strongly triggered.
help is widely available for smokers who want to kick the
habit, including support groups or behavioral therapy and
counseling sessions, or in combination with nicotine replacement
therapy in the form of nicotine chewing gum, patches, nasal
sprays or inhalers.
such as Wellbutrin or Zyban are also prescribed to support
smoking cessation, and vaccines are now being readied to help
smokers quit by blocking the dopamine response triggered by
the Web, find out more about the dangers of smoking along
with guides to medications and aids to smoking cessation,
where to find support, tips & advice on stress relief,
plus related forums & discussion boards with helpful personal
stories on how other smokers finally kicked the habit for
- Excellent collection of informative articles on helping
smokers kick the habit including facts on smoking cessation
products, related health benefits, guides specifically targeted
to African Americans, teens and clinicians, with related links
- Billing itself as "the Internet's leading cold turkey
quit smoking resource" with a wealth of tips & advice
on quitting, information on nicotine addiction, smoking's
effects on the lungs and circulatory system, personal stories,
related video clips, forums & discussion boards.
Smoking - Information from the American Lung Association
with facts on nicotine replacement therapy including details
on the nicotine patch, nicotine gum, prescription medications
and a link to their free online smoking cessation program.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.