Kicking that smoking habit: A New Year’s resolution within reach
Facts about nicotine addiction
-Approximately 21% (45.3 million) of Americans are current smokers
- Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
-An estimated 450,000 deaths per year can be attributed to tobacco use
-Male smokers are 23 X more likely to succumb to lung cancer
-Female smokers are 13 X more likely to die from lung cancer
-Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease (plaques in blood vessels leading to a heart attack)
-Risk of stroke is doubled in smokers
-Smoking also causes peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
-90% of COPD deaths are attributed to tobacco use
Rewards of quitting
-Physical health! Less risk of COPD, cancer, stroke, and heart attack
-Improved sense of taste and smell
-Home, car, clothing, and breath will smell better
-Healthier children and family members
How can quitting be made easier?
Identify roadblocks and develop strategies to overcome them
-being around other smokers
-fear of failing
-no knowledge of smoking cessation therapies
-being in a daily routine. Ex: smoking on the way to/from work, on lunch break, etc
Potential triggers for relapse
-Being around other smokers shortly after quitting can lead to relapse very easily
-Alcohol. Many associate smoking with drinking…try to avoid.
-Stress. Many people smoke during stressful situations…take a break from the situation or practice deep breathing before having a cigarette.
OTC Smoking cessation therapies
-Nicotine replacement – up to 2.8 times more likely to achieve long term abstinence using nicotine replacement in comparison to placebo. Inhaler, gum, lozenges or patches.
-Carefully follow the instructions on the box. Generally 3-6 months for therapy
-Other medications can be used, but are prescription only. Consult with your physician to determine if these are a good option for you: Buproprion SR and Chantix