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February 8, 2018

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Douglas Ison
April 2, 2018

Concerning the comment in the article: ” As far as hypnosis or acupuncture, there is not a lot of evidence showing that they work.” I find that amazing. My mother quit smoking with hypnosis after trying dozens (a lot) of methods, pills, patches, ad nauseam methods and attempts to quit and only hypnosis did it. Plus I know so many other people that have used it successfully to quit it should be seriously considered even though the medical community does not officially recognize it. Here is a site I found that has good information about it in Omaha

February 15, 2018

Yes, medicines can certainly be helpful in quitting smoking. However, you should first check the effectiveness of coaching or psychology methods. One thing is certain. There will be stress that will accompany the addict for a long time. When I quit smoking 5 months ago, I needed perfect24hours. com/15-best-tips-on know-how-to-relieve-stress/, where I found stress advice. She helped me much in coping with stress. As far as coaching is concerned, I quit smoking with this method. But I know that someone else may need medicines, such as those described in the article.

February 15, 2018

I am so sorry. I do not correctly past the link: . paste as if someone needed it

John R. Polito
February 9, 2018

Dr. Nancy Rigotti fails to tell readers that their natural quitting instincts are not wrong in that each year the vast majority of successful ex-smokers quit on their own. In that here she promotes Pfizer’s varenicline (Chantix), in fairness, readers should be made aware that a 2017 medical journal conflicts disclosure by Dr. Rigotti declares that she has served on Pfizer Inc.’s scientific advisory board (Rigotti NA, Am J Prev Med 2017).

February 8, 2018

Not everyone agrees with the above opinion re: use of aids like nicotine replacement and/or Chantix, including: Also, use of nicotine in any form is advised against for anyone suffering from medium to severe AMD symptoms.

I tried to quit probably 9 times before my current quit of almost 13 years. This most recent quit was cold turkey after I’d reduced (with the help of state legislation) the number of places/locations I smoked over a several year period & I used a ACS quit smoking plan from a book published in 1986 (bought second hand at a library book sale). The other unsuccessful quits used nicotine replacement (gum) at least once.

I hope people will use whatever seems like it might work for them, but if you use nicotine gum, etc., you’re still addicted to nicotine. I didn’t find the physical habit that difficult to break, the emotional/mental aspect of smoking was the most difficult part of the habit to end for me. The “tricks” suggested by the ACS (American Cancer Society) book, mostly distraction & disruption of past behaviors that had included smoking, were very useful for me. For some, the physical addition is stronger.

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