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Smoking Cessation

Smoking is responsible for approximately one out of every five deaths in the United States. Not only is it harmful to almost every organ in your body, it reduces the overall quality of health in smokers as well. Smoking highly increases your risk for developing lung cancer and other life-threatening cancers and conditions, such as oral cancer and heart disease.

Smoking is also very harmful to those around you. Secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk for developing certain illnesses and conditions, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and middle ear problems. Pregnant women who smoke also are at an increased risk for delivering low-weight babies.

How to Stop Smoking

To improve your health as well as the health of those around you, we strongly urge all of our patients to stop smoking immediately. It's not easy, but with a goal and the right plan, anyone can do it. These steps will be vital for your success:

  1. First, choose the day you are going to stop smoking.
  2. Prior to your 'quit date', schedule an appointment to talk to your physician about your plan for quitting smoking. There may be certain medications available to help you.
  3. Plan for any challenges that may arise as you begin to stop smoking. Clean your house, office, car and any other place of all your smoking and tobacco products/supplies. Avoid going to places that allow smoking. Stock up on substitute products, like sugarless gum, cinnamon sticks and hard candy, to help alleviate your craving to smoke.
  4. Once your plan is in place, talk with your family and friends, and tell them your 'quit date'. They can provide support and encouragement during this pivotal time in your life.
  5. It may also be beneficial to join a support group to help increase your likeliness of quitting smoking.

If you tried before to stop smoking and faced some challenges, just refocus and start again. Reflect on those obstacles, and create a plan to help you avoid those triggers this time. Never give up. With the right plan and support, anyone can stop smoking!

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