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BecomeAnEX FAQ

Below are some of the most common questions that we have received from EX members over the years about quitting smoking and using this website. Click on the question to see the full answer.

Quitting Questions and Symptoms

Show Answer / Hide AnswerI've been quit for several months now, why am I still having such cravings?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhat are the quickest ways to distract yourself from a craving?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhy do I become more impatient/down/depressed or experience other emotional symptoms when I go tobacco-free and how long will I feel this way?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhat are common symptoms of withdrawal and how long do they last?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI've been smoking over 40 years, is it too late for me to quit?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhen do withdrawal symptoms get better?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhy is it so hard to quit?

Health Effects

Show Answer / Hide AnswerWouldn't using tobacco be better than becoming overweight?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow much weight do people typically gain when they stop using tobacco?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow can I quit without gaining weight?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhy do people gain weight when they quit smoking?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerIs it okay to use nicotine medication while nursing?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI've heard the stress of stopping tobacco can be more harmful to my baby than continuing to use. Is this true?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI exercise and eat right. Is tobacco all that bad for me?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow do I know I don't have a tobacco-related illness?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerIs it safer to smoke natural tobacco over store-bought cigarettes?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhy do doctors want patients to stop smoking before surgery?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhat are the risks of smoking if I cut down to a couple of cigarettes per day? It's better than smoking a pack/day, right?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI've heard that stopping smoking can actually increase your chances of getting cancer or cardiovascular disease, is this true?

Effective Quitting Methods

Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhy does Chantix give me bad dreams and what can I do about it?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerAcupuncture? Hypnosis?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow long does it take for Chantix to work?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhat can I do about my patches itching?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow many NRTs are safe to use together?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerIs it okay to use NRT if I have heart disease?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWhat do I do when using medications to quit and I slip and have a cigarette?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerWon't NRT just keep me addicted to nicotine?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerShould I use an NRT or go cold turkey?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI only took a couple of puffs. Do I need to reset my quit clock?

Quitting Smoking and Second Hand Smoke (SHS)

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Quitting Tobacco and Providing Support

Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow do I set my quit date?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI'm a non-smoker, how can I help my friend/family quit?

Quitting Smoking and E-Cigarettes

Show Answer / Hide AnswerAre e-cigarettes a good alternative to smoking?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerAren't e-cigarettes similar to the nicotine inhaler?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerDo newer e-cigarettes help people stop smoking?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow do I quit e-cigarettes?

Quitting Tobacco and Mental/Emotional Health

Show Answer / Hide AnswerDo quit smoking treatments work for people with mental health conditions?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerIs it true that quitting tobacco can make a mental health condition worse?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Is it possible for me to quit tobacco?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI have heard that people with anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions don't want to stop using tobacco. Is that true?

Quitting Smoking and Snuff, Chewing Tobacco, or Snus

Show Answer / Hide AnswerIs it safe to switch from smoking to chewing tobacco?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerCan I quit smoking cigarettes by switching to snuff, chewing tobacco, or snus?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow do I quit snuff, chewing tobacco, or snus?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow harmful is snuff, chewing tobacco, or snus?

Using BecomeAnEX

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Show Answer / Hide AnswerHow do I update the number I want to receive text messages to?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI want to take a break from the site. Can my account be disabled?
Show Answer / Hide AnswerI have a suggestion to improve the EX community. How would I go about submitting it?