Did you know that death from smoking-related diseases is considered the number one preventable type of fatality across the globe? According to the American Lung Association, smoking is detrimental to virtually every aspect of the human body. Moreover, it accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year in the United States and costs our nation many billions of dollars in healthcare costs and other related expenses. Simply put, smoking is bad for you any way you look at it. Yet, those who pursue this life-threatening habit can stop, as many millions of people have done before them.
The Detrimental Health Effects of Smoking
Smoking is extremely damaging to the respiratory system. Statistics show that approximately 90 percent of the individuals who died from lung cancer engaged in smoking activities that likely contributed to the development of their lung cancer. American deaths from emphysema and chronic bronchitis have comparable smoking causality rates. Smoking has also been shown to be a major factor in the development of stroke, heart disease, and other life-threatening conditions.
Why Smoking Cessation Can Be Difficult
The fight to quit smoking is more than simply a battle of will. Individuals who smoke are physically addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. As with any other drug addiction, it takes a concentrated effort to stop smoking for good. In addiction, it often requires the help of friends, family, and professional healthcare providers. Smoking cessation is not something you must do on your own.
How to Quit Smoking for Good
The first step toward smoking cessation is the decision to quit permanently. From there, individuals may employ several different means to stop smoking. Some benefit from using nicotine substitution methods, such as a nicotine patch or nicotine gum, to curb their cravings until they dissipate completely. Others find help with professional therapy. However, many individuals frequently undergo several smoking cessation attempts before they are able to finally stop their smoking habit for good. Accordingly, do not get discouraged if you cannot quit upon your first try.
If you are ready to begin on the path to a healthier, smoking-free future, partner with Memorial Hospital to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 15th. We can help guide you to the right resources and support. Call Consult-A-Nurse at (800) 530-3244 to learn more about your options.