Teetee asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Tried to quit smoking.....?

A friend of mine just recently tried to quit smoking cold turkey.. Did good for almost 2 weeks, during that time, she started having some pains in her chest. NOT tightness, sortness of breath or arm pain, But just pain in the chest area.. She said its just a dull ache and not constant. I suggested she contact a help line or a physican. Instead she started back somking again and she said the pain went away.. What could this mean for her.. Also, she has no family history of heart disease either.. Please help!!! She has been somoking for over 20+ years and SHE smokes a pack every 4 days. Any advice or suggestions ..

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  • 1 decade ago
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    When you quit smoking, cold turkey is best, you will feel sick and have all kinds of pains. The body is trying to clear out the toxins. These toxins travel to different locations and even come out the skin, mouth, and nose. You can spit up phlem, and you should shower constantly in the first week. The tar and nicotine must come out and all the toxic chemicals. She is not having anything that a good clean bill of health won't hurt. Tell her to stick it out.

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  • 4 years ago

    You can't quit because the cigarette companies make it almost impossible to quit. Especially after so long. I know that there's something in cigarettes that makes them way more addictive then they should be, I smoked Marlboro's for a year, and I became super addicted super quick, if I didn't get a cigarette like every 3 hours I felt like I was going crazy, I couldn't think straight. A friend told me to try American Spirit cigarettes, cuz they don't have any additives. I hated them at first, cuz they didn't really make the cravings go away, and after 3 or 4 days, I started having withdrawal symptoms! No joke, I was still smoking every day, but I felt like I was quitting, I couldn't sleep more than 2 hours at a time, I started eating more, and I had intense cravings for chocolate (I don't know if that was withdrawals or not, but it made me feel better). Then, after a week, I felt better. I went from smoking 5 or 6 cigarettes a day to 1 or 2, and the craving became much more enjoyable (that's a weird way to describe it, but instead of feeling like a crack addict who needed a fix, I was able to sit back and enjoy my cigarette). And now, I don't feel as guilty about smoking because I'm smoking less, and I just feel less addicted. It sounds goofy, but if you look up how cigarette companies use ammonia in their tobacco, you'll see that they try to make their cigarettes as addictive as possible. I had tried to quit cold turkey before, but just like you said, the longest I could go was two weeks, then I'd start smoking even more than before!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do. At first, you're ok with it, but after a while, you start going through nicotine withdraws (did you know that nicotine accounts for 20+% of what a cigerate is made of?). That's what causes all the problems: the pain, the irratitablitity, the weight gain too.

    I quit smoking back in January, but I have my boughts where I will smoke a cigerate (mostly when I'm in a bar drinking or have to do something I really don't like, i.e., flying). That fact that I may have one cigerate every two or three months is good for me. Sure, I haven't quit completely, but I'm starting to go longer and longer between having them. It's a slow process, but I have my finace as my biggest supporter.

    Good luck with your friend quitting smoking. Tell her that people can do, they just need a lot of support from their friends and families. If she has a friend that wants to quit, get them to quit together. My buddy Chuck and I both quit, but I have been far more successful (he doesn't have someone like I do).

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  • Nikki
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    It's her body aching for more nicotine. Smoking again was the worst thing she could have done.

    Now she'll have to start over, and go through the pains again. Some people get terrible headaches, some get shaky, some get pains. I had all three! The only way to get through it is to endure. It's worth the long term benefits!

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  • D
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    It is withdrawal symptoms.

    A pack every four days is only 5 cigarettes a day. It's really not worth smoking if that's all you're going to smoke - it's a waste of money.

    You cannot make people do something they do not want to do.

    (I quit smoking 5 years ago).

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  • Ness
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    quiting is a difficult thing because of the nicotine but it can be done. Tell her to try to get help but to realize that it will take one thing from her. It is called WILL POWER. nobody can give her this. It will have to come from her. If she is not willing to do this, there is nothing anybody can do. She needs to do it for herself and for her family.

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