Smoking Cessation

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

Lung cancer

-Male smokers are 23 X more likely to succumb to lung cancer

-Female smokers are 13 X more likely to die from lung cancer

Cardiovascular disease

-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

-Saving money

-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

                                -withdrawal symptoms

                                -being around other smokers

                                -weight gain

                                -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

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