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755 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by birdsong4j

Do the majority of people really need medical help to quit smoking, or is it just all about willpower?

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16 yrs ago - Thursday 9/12/02 - 12:47:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think most need the willpower.
16 yrs ago - Thursday 9/12/02 - 12:49:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
i want to say willpower, but i don't smoke so i guess it's not in my place to say.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 6:19:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is NOT just about will power. Something chemical is happening to the brain. And they don't necessarily need medical help, but some kind of help in general, be it counseling or group therapy will improve the outcome.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 6:27:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
A little of column A and a little of column B.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 7:32:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd say it's 80% willpower, 20% nicotine replacement therapy. I just quit (for the second time) about 3 1/2 months ago after being a smoker for 8 years. I used nicotine gum for the first week, then nothing else afterwards (first time was totally cold turkey). It took all the willpower I could muster, but let me tell you, if I had to rely upon just nicotine replacment and I had no willpower at all, I wouldn't have lasted an hour. It definately takes willpower way more than replacement therapy.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 7:37:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
crap its all will power for me... and the biggest thing that fuels that is that my g/f dosnt like like it at all ....
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 7:39:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
it's not just will power, it's thinking about smoking in a different way, like you don't need it. it worked for me for 9 months...then I thought I was free and had just 1 cigarette because I was going through a tough time, now blam, I'm back smoking again.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 12:46:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
my thought is that people must have quit smoking before there was such a thing as replacement therapy. therefore, replacement therapy must not be necessary for everyone. i smoke because i like it, and it's a social thing to do. i don't deny that it would be hard to quit on my own, even though i only go through about 2 packs a week, but i don't think i need medical help for it. but hey, if it makes it easier for someone else--more power to them!
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 12:47:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Willpower is required, but it's the physical addiction that's the problem.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 12:57:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
We have become too dependant on a magic pill that will fix our problems. We want to call every behavior some kind of syndrome, that way we don't have to take responsibility for our actions. I quit cold turkey so I know it is all about willpower. The person has to decide to quit and then follow through. All the chemicals in the brain will sort themselves out without nicotine replacement therapy. Even with all the therapies in the world, you will never quit till you decide to quit.
16 yrs ago - Friday 9/13/02 - 1:05:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Mango, that's a very simplistic idea about addiction, and I'm glad you quit, but you can hardly generalize about other people. Would you tell a heroin addict that it's "all about will power"? If you did, medical science would laugh in your face, and probably a few junkies too. As for your statement: "We want to call every behavior some kind of syndrome, that way we don't have to take responsibility for our actions" seems more like you don't want to examine things and understand underlying cause because it might complicate a black-and-white world. Don't tell smokers they aren't taking responsibility for their actions--they do every time they inhale a cigarette as their lungs become damaged.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/7/02 - 9:43:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
it is a psychologically dependancy, so it is just will-power
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/7/02 - 5:16:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
actually, nicotine is extremely physically addictive.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/7/02 - 5:19:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Medical assistance, only if a swift kick in the arse is considered medical assistance.
10 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 2/24/08 - 11:51:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's an addiction like any other, it needs help

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