This country has seen a small victory in the battle of smoking cessation; since 2002, there have consistently been more former smokers than current smokers. Smoking cessation is possible. Thousands have successfully beaten the addiction.
Here are a few facts about smoking cessation that may help you understand the battle you are facing as well as the victory within your reach.
Facts about the Addiction
- Tobacco is not the addictive substance. It is the drug nicotine that is found naturally in tobacco that is addictive.
- More people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than to any other substance.
- Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as cocaine, heroin, and alcohol.
- Nicotine dependence can cause withdrawal symptoms when quitting, including stress and weight gain.
- Nicotine withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Foggy brain
- Cravings for tobacco and/or large amounts of food
Health Facts about Smoking Cessation
- Tobacco smoke contains a mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, with hundreds of them being harmful and at least 70 that have been proven to cause cancer.
- Nearly 90% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are smokers.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US with over 438,000 deaths from smoking per year.
- On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- Smoking can cause erectile dysfunction in adult males, as cigarette smoke alters blood flow necessary for an erection.
- Smoking has been related to infertility in women and premature births in pregnant women.
- Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease by 70%.
- Almost 8 out of 10 COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) deaths are a result of smoking.
How to Quit Smoking
There are various ways to quit smoking. Some involve medicine and some the support of others, while some smokers find they need both.
- The available medication options for smoking cessation are as follows:
- Over-the-counter nicotine replacement products such as the nicotine patch, gum or lozenges
- Prescription nicotine replacement products including inhalers and nasal sprays
- Prescription non-nicotine medications including bupropion SR and varenicline tartrate
- Some support options that have been shown to produce results include the following:
- Counseling through a smoking cessation hotline, a group or an individual
- Behavioral therapies
- Professional intensive counseling
- Short-term help from a doctor who can provide advice and assistance about quitting
The facts about smoking cessation often seem to get thrown around with the purpose of scaring smokers into quitting. But whether you see these smoking cessation facts as simply a scare tactic or not, the fact still remains that these are facts: hard and unmoving. The scientific, medical and experiential evidence supports the fact that smoking is harmful for your health. But it also proves that smoking cessation is possible. Make the choice today to take control of your life and your health.
Wellworks for You offers many more tips for smoking cessation. And our health coaches are available to answer any questions you may have. Call us today at 800.425.4657.