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Quit Smoking Support

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I'm continuously adding content to the site so check back often for news, tips, and articles to help you (or a loved one) quit smoking for good.

Healthy Regards!

Quit Smoking In the News

Recently there have been several articles in the news about addiction genes and quit smoking aids.

This summer has been full of controversy regarding the newest quit smoking aid, Chantix. Recent warnings about the drug include: increased suicidal thoughts; accidents; and seizures. While these side effects appear to be rare, it certainly makes the case to keep in touch with your health care provider while on any prescription medication! In speaking with physicians who prescribe this medication, most still feel it's the best quit smoking aid out there. However, a recent study noted that long-term quit rates (6 months) were the same between the patch and Chantix. This just goes to show that there is no "magic bullet" when it comes to quitting smoking. There are an array of aids to help treat the addiction of nicotine in cigarettes.

On the addiction note, more studies are coming out talking about a gene that may be responsible for the addiction to nicotine. I always think people underestimate the physical addiction to nicotine. That's why it's SO important to talk with your health care provider about appropriate products to use while quitting smoking.

Avoiding Weight Gain Tip

Most people who are in the process of quitting smoking use food as a replacement for cigarettes. This largely attributes to weight gain. That being said, DON'T start skipping meals or snacks! This just leads to being over-hungry which leads to over-eating. A good guage is to note your hunger level in the evening. If you rate yourself at 7-10 on a 1-10 scale of hunger, you probably haven't eaten enough during the day to keep you going.

Try to increase your fiber intake at this time to help you feel full and keep energy levels going. For example, oatmeal or high-fiber cereal, vegetables and fruits, and whole-grain foods. When increasing fiber intake, be sure to do it gradually! If you suddenly stuff yourself with high fiber foods all at once, your digestive system might be a bit unhappy for a few days!