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I have a cigar occasionally. I keep small ones sitting around for after a 12 or 16 hour work day. More natural than a cigarette.
Psychiatrists don't usually recommend you stop either, nor should any doctor recommend you quite smoking if you are actually in the process of going through withdraw from any other substance.I smoke. I smoke a lot. After having a seizure, a cigarette helps me make the panic disappear, start talking again, get out of that dark place. It’s not that tobacco does that, it’s just my way to relax.
Once my doctor – who is a little weird but has gained my trust – asked if I smoked. I replied yes reluctantly, expecting a boring doctor speech about the risks. Actually, he just said “that’s OK” and told me that neuros are the only doctors who don’t force people to quit. I am not sure if he was implying that relieving stress helps to control seizures or that nicotine withdrawal may be hard when dealing with them. Maybe he is a smoker himself or was just being funny. But he did say smoking is not affecting my epilepsy.
This is my experience, perhaps for others it can be a trigger. I don’t want to idealize smoking. I admire people who choose to quit and try to be supportive. I just don’t like being told I have to stop because I “have an illness”. That is inaccurate.
When I smoked 3 packs a day I associated everything with a cigarette. Paperwork was almost impossible because I always smoked while doing it. I smoked before a shower, after a shower, if I woke in the middle of the night I smoked. The worst cigarette to give up was the one after sex. Don't miss the cigarettes now.If you've only smoked for a little while, maybe a year or two but I don't know what you consider your 'little while', then it's easier to quit. If you've smoked for probably 10 years or more it's a good bit harder.
I's just part my daily routine too. I get up and have a cigarette, after I eat I have one, before I take a nap I have one, before I go to bed I have one. I don't even realize I'm doing it, it's just normal. There are other times during the day that I have one too but those are the main times.
If I get really stressed I need one. It helps me calm down, a lot.
I don't know if that's considered smoking or not because I've never tried one.What about e-cigs?
Yes e-cigs are considered smoking, they are nicotine free and so you are supposed to be able to give up smoking easier the only thing is you can become addicted to them as well and they are supposed to have there own health warning. I tried one for awhile but it brought on seizures for me and I did not feel well but when I stopped using it I was ok.Please state in your post that it is e-cigs that you are referring to and not something that contains actual tobacco.