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Published on January 05, 2015

Smoking Cessation

Breathe Easier in 2015

Smoking CessationIf you’re like many smokers and other tobacco users, you know you should quit. Tobacco use can lead to tobacco/nicotine dependence and serious health problems. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of developing smoking-related diseases.

Talk to your healthcare provider about quitting. Don’t try to do it alone. Your doctor can teach you about medicines or nicotine replacement therapy. Using counseling and medication improves your odds of success. The more support you have, the more likely you are to stop smoking successfully.

Getting ready to quit

If you're ready to quit right now, go ahead. But if you want to plan ahead, you don't have to stop right away. Set a date to quit. Pick a time when you won't have a lot of stress in your life. Try to cut down on smoking before your quit date. Get rid of ashtrays and lighters. Talk to your partner or friends about helping you stay smoke-free. Don't let people smoke in your house. If you can, avoid stressful situations when you first stop smoking.

Change your routine

For example, if you smoke after eating, take a walk instead. Find a new hobby that will get your mind occupied. Becoming active may help reduce your nicotine cravings and relieve some withdrawal symptoms.

Use medicine 

Medicine can help with cravings and stress, and it doubles your chances of quitting. You can buy nicotine gum, lozenges or patches without a prescription. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine, such as bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix).

PIH Health offers Smoking Cessation classes and a Lung Cancer Screening Program that can help diagnose early stage lung cancer in patients with a long history of smoking. If diagnosed, PIH Health also offers a comprehensive program to treat the cancer.

For more information about lung cancer screening, please contact 562.967.2892. And for information about smoking cessation classes, please call 562.698.0811 Ext. 12549.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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