Primary Care: Smoking Cessastion

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Smoking cessation drastically reduces your risk of developing diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease. Quitting smoking can be difficult, fortunately there are a variety of smoking cessation tools including prescription drugs and nicotine replacement aids such as gum or sprays. Get the answers you need to take control of your health from our up-to-date, complementary smoking cessation resources. Local Cardiogiost can help with smaoking.

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  • Smoking is both a physical and a psychological addiction, and many people use it to cope with stress, depression or anger.

  • When you remove the nicotine fix, your body begins to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products can be helpful. These are non-prescription medications that contain nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

  • Prescription drugs can help you manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

  • Many people who quit smoking gain weight. Smoking is an appetite suppressant, so it’s important to be mindful of your eating habits while you’re quitting smoking.

Adhering to your medications, prescribed exercises or lifestyle changes (such as dietary changes, smoking cessation, reduced alcohol consumption, etc.) is essential to improving health outcomes successfully. Compliance to any prescribed treatment is the number one thing you can do to ensure positive changes and optimal treatment outcomes.

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