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How can one confirm if someone has quit smoking? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Jun-2013
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User:My collecgue smokes a lot . I had asked him to stop smoking at least asked to reduce smoking but he never how can see that he can reduce smoking
User:how can I see my collegue quiting smoke
User:Hi Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
Doctor:Can you please explain your query?
User:sir, Iam from future capital, one of my collegue smoke a lot , i want to see him quitting, though he know the repurcation he is not even trying to reduce smoking as a good friend and collegue my concern is what is going to happen him. this is the reason why i need to see him quit smoking or atleast reduce
Doctor:May I know your colleague's age?
Doctor:And how many cigarettes does he smoke in a day?
Doctor:Since when is he smoking?
User:I think from a long time
Doctor:How many cigarette's does he smoke in a day?
User:around 5 to 6 packets
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Cigarette smoking does cause plenty of damages to health and there are different methods available to help one quit smoking.
Doctor:However this starts with personal motivation.
Doctor:I understand you are worried for your friends health, but from where I see it is very important that your friend first learns the damages smoking can cause and gets motivated to quit.
Doctor:You can arrange his visit to clinical psychologist / psychiatrist and get him motivated.
Doctor:Once he is motivated, then there are nicotine supplements such as nicorette gums and
Doctor:medications such as varencilline (champix)
Doctor:available to help him quit.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes Doctor
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:No thank you , Bit with my collegue this has become difficult I need to get it done without his knowledge. but when ever i say this he will not listen
Doctor:I understand your concern, but personal motivation is the primary requisite to deaddiction.
Doctor:Any other attempts without the patients knowledge has resulted in many unsuccessful results.
User:can't we do this without his knowledge
Doctor:Results of deaddiction attempts without patients co-operation is a bit difficult.
Doctor:There are deaddiction camps where patients with other addiction (alcohol and drugs) are kept isolated / camped forcefully.
Doctor:However no such camps are available for smoking.
Doctor:Therefore his family and friends can talk to him and initiate the process.
Doctor:You may take him to a psychologist without his consent, however from there on the process of deaddiction will require his personal attempt.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes sir, thank you very much I will try to convice him when he sitting with his wife
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:No Thank you Doctor
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
User:Bye Doctor
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