If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. At Advanced Family Medical Care, we understand this is generally not an easy task. Nicotine, the naturally occurring drug found in tobacco, is highly addictive, and many people want to quit, but find it incredibly difficult. In fact, research suggests that nicotine may be just as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Those who have quit smoking for some time, may find themselves drawn back to smoking due to the symptoms of withdrawal, stress, or even weight gain.
We want you to know that you don’t have to quit alone, though. We are here to help you through the process, and there are many tools at our disposal to help you become a successful former smoker. Studies have shown that being well-informed about the process and what to expect can help patients cope with the withdrawal process. If you still find yourself struggling, we also offer behavioral therapies, counseling, and medications such as nicotine replacement products and non-nicotine prescriptions like Zyban® (bupropion SR) and Chantix® (varenicline tartrate).
Benefits of quitting are numerous and may include:
- Reduced lung cancer risk
- Lowered risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease
- Reduced respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath
- Lowered occurrences of developing lung diseases such as COPD, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States
- Reduced risk of infertility
If you would like help to quit smoking, please call our office today at 972-985-8000!