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The very first step to quit smoking is making the decision you want to quit. Never kid yourself to think that cutting down the amount of cigarettes daily is going to lead you to stopping for good, this type of behavior just prolongs your nicotine addiction.

- Professional smoking conqueror, Craig Nabat

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How To Handle Close Ones Who Smoke!

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Craig Nabat

Quitting smoking is an amazing triumph, because it is not small task!

It DOES get easier, but if you're fresh off the quit, it's hard to be around those who still smoke. Especially if they're loved ones.

So how do you handle that?

That's exactly what this FitPerezcious Reader needs to know:

Recently quit smoking - however some of my friends and family are smokers. What should I do when I’m with them? Is it best to avoid triggers? Or battle through?

Luckily we have Craig Nabat, our resident smoking expert on hand!

Here's what he said:

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Side Effects Of Using 'The Patch' To Quit Smoking

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"The Patch" and nicotine gum like Nicorette are popular treatment options for people trying to quit smoking, but are they actually the best option to nicotine addicts?

FitPerez reader Kaley wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat for advice about possible side effects before starting to use either product, asking:

Yo Craig! Love you on fit perez, love all your Q&A's!

I want to start using the patch - What are some of the side effects of using "The Patch" to quit smoking? Do you have any personal experience with "The Patch"? What about nicotine gum?

According to Craig:

Hey Kaley,

The side effects from the nicotine patch are pretty mild, itching and nausea can occur. The worse complaint I hear is people experience nightmares or bizarre dreams, if they sleep with the patch on. My personal experience of using the nicotine patch is like many others, I actually smoked when I had the patch on. By doing this it makes you want to throw up, because you are taking in much more nicotine than you are used to. Logically it doesn’t make sense to use nicotine to get off nicotine. A lower dose of nicotine just causes you to constantly be thinking about smoking over the next 30-60 days, when you could have been off cigarettes within 3-7 days.

I went from the nicotine patch to nicotine gum and then back to the patch again. Using the nicotine patch or gum to quit did not work for me. I used a low-level laser treatment to finally quit smoking.

Kaley, the reason you continue smoking is nicotine. You must deplete all the nicotine from your body to end the physical addiction to it. It takes 3 days; give yourself another 7 days to get all the toxins out of the body. During this 10 day quitting period realize you CANNOT take a hit of one cigarette, because the “quit” clock would start all over again, because you will trigger your original nicotine addiction. You get addicted to a constant level of nicotine in your system, anything less causes a withdrawal to occur. The cutting down approach does not work, it must be complete abstinence.

You can quit!

Craig

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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Withdrawal Symptoms After Quitting Smoking

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Nobody likes being sick, but a FitPerez reader is worried the symptoms may have been brought on by their recent decision to quit smoking! For helpful advice, they wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat and asked:

Craig! Help! I've given up smoking 3 weeks ago, but now I've got a headache,a sore throat and I'm coughing up some serious flem! Is this normal?

According to Craig:

Don’t worry about any of these symptoms, your body is just detoxifying. One cigarette has over 4,000 toxic chemical in it, your body must some how get rid of these toxins either by coughing up phlegm, excretion through sweat glands, or bodily waste. The following symptoms are experienced when most people quit smoking: Headache, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, drop in blood pressure, irritability, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, depression, increased hunger and caloric intake, desire for sweets, and tobacco cravings.

If you desire these terrible withdrawal symptoms to last even longer just occasionally smoke a cigarette now and then, you’ll end up putting your body into a constant state of withdrawal by doing so…I don’t recommend you go through this route.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms will continue until you make the definitive decision to never use nicotine again in any form. Everything you are experiencing is temporary, I promise. Continue on the path you are on, you will begin to feel better soon.

Sincerely,
Craig

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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Getting Rid Of Bad Breath After Quitting Cigarettes

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Bad breath sure stinks, but lung cancer stinks worse!

FitPerez reader Samuel made the right decision and quit smoking recently, but he's suffering from bad breath, which is a common side effect of quitting tobacco.

He came to the right place for advice to get rid of it and wrote smoking counselor Craig Nabat, asking:

Hi Craig,

I quit smoking a month ago and I have been getting really bad breathe? How long will this last?

According to Craig:

Hello Samuel,

To still be experiencing bad breath one month after quitting is pretty unusual. If you haven’t snuck a cig here and there over the past month, you should be in the clear by now, because all of the toxins have left your system.

You may want to try one of these two breath freshener products, Therabreath or Mint Asure. Each of these products can provide you with fresher breath that should also help inspire you to stay off smoking. Keep one of these products near to you at all times. Just do a Google search for them.

We always recommend to our Freedom Laser Therapy clients that it is a good idea to get your teeth professionally cleaned once you quit smoking. The former smoker loves experiencing their clean teeth and a fresh mouth again.

Best regards,

Craig

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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Steps The Body Takes To Get Rid Of Smoking

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For many people who decide to quit smoking, the effects can take awhile to wear off. While many after effects from smoking can be mental, the body also needs to time to adjust to life without smoking.

A reader writes:

Love your tips! I am wondering - how long does it take for the body to
fully rid chemicals in the body?

Here is Craig Nabat's response to the body purging smoking chemicals.

Thanks for your words of appreciation; I really want to do what I can to help people quit smoking. Someone helped me quit and it is my way of giving back.

To answer your question, it takes 72 hours to deplete the body of nicotine. It will take another 7 days to rid the body of the 4,000 toxic chemicals that are in each cigarette.

Within 2-3 weeks
-circulation and stamina improve. Lung capacity increases up to 30%.

1 month to 9 months
-coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia regrow in the lungs increasing the ability to handle mucus and infections. The body’s overall energy increases.

1 year
-Risk of heart disease decreases 90%.
-Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition.

10 to 15 years
-Risk of lung, tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you had never smoked.

The sooner you quit smoking the better chance you have at extending your life; the body does have an amazing way of healing itself.

We hope this helps!

For more tips to quit smoking, feel free to tweet Craig questions @freedomlaser or write to tips@fitperez.com!

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Dealing With Second Hand Smoke After Quitting

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One thing that people don't realize is how terrible second hand smoke is when you're not a smoker. And guess what? Even smokers that quit are finally able to notice it too!

The thing is, smokers don't usually know that this happens:

Quit smoking 6 months ago but literally cant stand second hand smoke - is this supposed to happen?

Here's Craig Nabat's response, one of the leading sources on quitting smoking:

I understand how you feel. I’m like that now too, it kind of makes you angry when you smell it. Smokers don’t realize they are actually forcing non-smokers to smoke, if they are smoking around them. Now that you are not smoking, your own sense of smell has come back. Smokers are not usually aware of how truly foul the smell is to others of their smoke cloud that surrounds them.

This is a good thing that you can’t stand the smell now, if more people were offended by second-hand smoke, it would definitely cause more smokers to quit. Second-hand smoke is actually more dangerous than the smoke that is inhaled; most smokers are unaware of this. So many of our clients who come into Freedom Laser Therapy to quit smoking declare that they feel like a social outcast for smoking, and it is one of the main reasons driving them to quit.

We're all super glad you quit, first and foremost!

And it's interesting that this happens — and we wonder what it would be like if all smokers knew this. Would people still do it?

Probably, but we'd like to think it'd they'd be few and far between!

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