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  1. Smoking: Heart Attack and Stroke Risks - Topic Overview

    If you smoke,your chance of dying from a heart attack is 2 to 3 times greater than that of a person who does not smoke. About 1 out of 4 heart attacks is believed to be directly related to smoking. Smoking is a much more important risk factor for a heart attack than high cholesterol,obesity,high blood pressure,or stress. Exercise and a good diet cannot erase the risks to your heart ...

  2. Quitting Smoking: Dealing With Weight Gain

    Many people worry about gaining weight when they quit smoking. Most people do gain weight,but it's usually less than 10 pounds. 1 The good news is that there are steps you can take to keep your weight gain small. The important thing is to quit smoking. The minute you quit,you'll be starting a much healthier life. Key points Smoking is much worse for your health than gaining a few pounds. ...

  3. Nancy's Story: Quitting Smoking Takes More Than Willpower - Nancy's story

    Nancy started smoking in nursing school back in the 1970s. It helped relieve the stress of school. But 10 years later,something happened to make her think twice about her smoking habit. Nancy was working as a nurse and was exposed to someone who had a bad case of pneumonia. As a precaution,Nancy was checked for pneumonia. The X-ray revealed that she didn't have pneumonia-but her lungs did ...

  4. Quick Tips: What to Do When You Crave Nicotine - Got a craving right now?

    The cravings for nicotine can be intense for the first few days when you stop smoking,but they will get better with time. Here are some tips on how to cope: Use nicotine gum,lozenges,or an inhaler. Distract yourself. Stop what you are doing,and do something else. Remind yourself why you stopped smoking. Remember that most cravings do go away. Go for a walk. Take a bath. Call a friend. ...

  5. Bupropion (Zyban) for Quitting Smoking

    Drug details for Bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban) for quitting smoking.

  6. Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Quitting Tobacco

    Drug details for Nicotine replacement therapy for quitting tobacco.

  7. Nate's Story: Sick of Smoking - Nate's story

    After 8 years of trying to quit smoking,Nate was sick of it-literally. His throat hurt so much from smoking that he said to himself,"This is stupid." He tossed his pack of cigarettes to a friend and hasn't looked back. Nate started smoking in his teens with friends from school. After 2 years of smoking,he'd had enough. But by then he was hooked,and quitting was hard. "It was like a ...

  8. Clonidine (Catapres) for quitting smoking

    Drug details for Clonidine (Catapres) for quitting smoking.

  9. Should I take medicine to quit smoking?

    This information will help you understand your choices, whether you share in the decision - making process or rely on your doctor's recommendation. Key points in making your decisionIn the past, the only way to quit smoking was "cold turkey." Today, you have the option of using medication such as bupropion (Zyban) that can make the process easier. This information also applies if you use spit ...

  10. To Learn More

    CALL For more information,U.S. residents may call the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Cancer Information Service toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deaf and hard-of-hearing callers with TTY equipment may call 1-800-332-8615. The call is free and a trained Cancer Information Specialist is available to answer your questions. WEB ..

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