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15 year old getting addicted to smoking. How can I quit?

Hi, im 15 and ive recently started smoking . I used to socially smoke , just out with friends and maybe have the occasional fag. But now im like going through 60 in 3 days. I constantly think i need one, its always playing on my mind. I might have 4 every hour. Ive been going through some issues at home and that makes me want more because stress , even though its only a mental thing. I need fags, and i know i should quit, but i cant! What do i do!?
Asked On : Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello zacpotter
Welcome to Health Care Magic

Smoking is a bad habit, there are numerous side effects which I assume you are aware of. Usually in smoke Nicotine is main substance apart from a number of other alkaloids. Nicotine is highly addictive substance.
When any individual starts to smoke Nicotine present in smoke causes the pleasurable effects produced by smoke, this result in pairing of smoke with pleasure, so in future individual seek for smoke for that pleasure and he becomes addictive, and start to smoke again and again.
You are in early stage of addiction and if you are really motivated to quit, you can easily do. Try to decrease the number of cigarettes day by day. If you suffer from restlessness, fatigue you can have a cup of coffee, or can take any Non opioid analgesic. If restlessness is not controlled with these, then you can try Nicotine gums like Nicorex which are chewable form of nicotine, start with advise of any doctor.
A lot of other medicines like Buspiron, are available for smoking addiction.
Try to control by yourself, or visit a psychiatrist for opinion.

Take Care
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your smoking problem it appears that you have become addicted or dependent on the substance. The no. of cigarrettes which you are smoking (about 20 a day) is also very high and hence will surely cause adverse health consequences.

It's a good thing that you have been able to realize that you have lost control over this habit and have sought help. If you are motivated and are co-operative for treatment, then quitting becomes easy. There are various forms of treatment available - nicotine replacement therapy, anti-craving medication and psychological therapies to enhance your motivation and prevent relapses. So, please consult a psychiatrist for professional help and further treatment. Don't delay or hesitate to seek help because the more you delay, the more difficult it will be later on.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The smoking disease needs treatment by like any other disease.
De-addiction centres have specialised personnel to tackle this.
Psychiatrists are also helpful / there are new drugs in addition to Psychotherapy.
Social support groups help
Avoid friends and relatives who smoke...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
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