The greatest obstacle to smoking cessation for most people is the absence of awareness. The facts surrounding the negative health effects of tobacco use are numerous, but tobacco marketers want to keep those facts out of the limelight. The pros of quitting an addictive habit have to outweigh the pros of keeping the habit for people to make up their mind to successfully quit. Once that knowledge is gained, additional support may be needed along the journey.
Because smoking is such a wide-spread habit among people, very few individuals who smoke consider themselves saddled with a substance use disorder. The reality is that tobacco is a drug, the ability to quit does not come easily to most and professional assistance may be needed. First, users must understand the facts:
-Smoking is a serious health hazard.
-According to the American Lung Association, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
-Tar, lead, arsenic, ammonia, butane, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and acetone are only a few of the harmful carcinogens released into the body as a cigarette burns.
-Secondhand smoke can harm innocent bystanders like loved ones. It is the cause of more than 41,000 deaths every year.
-Cigars and electronic cigarettes have similar health repercussions to cigarettes.
-Menthol cigarettes are harder to quit.
-Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, angina, heart attack, high blood pressure, lung disease, several types of cancer and blood clots.
-Someone who smokes a pack a day spends over $9,000 on cigarettes every year.
-According to the Surgeon General, smoking kills more people in America than alcohol, aids, car accidents, murders, other drugs, suicides, and fires combined.
In summation, smoking cessation immediately improves health, mortality rates, and unnecessary financial expenditures.
Once a decision is made to improve health and finances permanently, the addictive quality of smoking becomes the real issue. While one’s will contributes greatly to quitting, professional assistance is the key to quitting successfully and permanently and to quitting more quickly.
Get help quitting
Nicotine gum and patches, nasal spray, inhalers, and lozenges are all great assistants in the battle and are considered types of nicotine replacement therapy. Prescription medications like bupropion and varenicline can also be incredibly beneficial aspects of this treatment option. The assistance of a behavioral counselor with nicotine replacement therapy offers the most successful rates of cessation.
This type of treatment plan reduces symptoms of withdrawal which is encouraging to most people and makes the process much more tolerable. Counseling boosts morale, offers accountability and helps people locate the triggers that cause cravings so they can avoid them in the future. These benefits greatly reduce the struggle faced during cessation.
We can help you
If you are unhappy with the hold smoking has on your life or you want to quit to benefit those you love, we can help. We know that this can be a difficult road but with our help, it does not have to be. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about successful smoking cessation.