Quitting Smoking

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Smoking is the most common drug addiction in the United States, and since 2002 the number of former smokers is greater than the number of current smokers. While quitting sooner is better, it’s never too late to quit.

Dangers of Smoking

As you probably already know, smoking greatly increases your risk for a variety of dangerous health conditions. Lung cancer is probably the condition most commonly associated with smoking in the public consciousness, but it also increases your risk of other types of cancer, as well as heart attacks, strokes, other conditions dealing with your heart and blood vessels, and breathing and lung conditions. For women who may be looking to become pregnant, smoking increases the risk of infertility.

Support for Quitting

There are several different methods to quit smoking. The one that is right for you may not be the one that is right for your friend.

Talk to your doctor. Talk to your primary care doctor about quitting smoking. They may have some suggestions and programs for you, as well as prescription drugs that may help.

Talk with a support group. In-person or online, you can find a support group of other people who have quit smoking or are trying to quit smoking and know what you are going through.

Use a nicotine replacement. Using a nicotine patch or gum, and gradually reducing the amount you use, may be helpful.

Going cold-turkey. Suddenly stopping smoking, without any other assistance.

A Quit Plan

The CDC recommends making a Quit Plan, or a step-by-step guide of how you will quit smoking. Identify a date when you will quit, and plan out from there. A Quit Plan also helps you identify people to talk to who can support you in your efforts to quit smoking, and gives you a written list of strategies to help manage your cravings.

How Bon Secours Can Help

Talk to your Bon Secours doctor about ways to quit smoking. Your doctor may be able to recommend groups and over-the-counter medicines as well as prescribe medications to help you quit.

Source: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)