Tobacco Cessation

Nicotine is the most addictive substance known to humans. Smoking cigarettes is a very efficient way to become addicted to nicotine. Quitting cigarettes produces withdrawal symptoms. There are good reasons to quit smoking, as cigarette smoking is linked to cardiovascular disease and death, lung cancer, emphysema, 30 percent of all cancers, peptic ulcer conditions, abnormal pap smears, secondary respiratory infections and cataracts. Overall, cigarette smoking rates have decreased nationwide except among high school and college students, where rates have increased. Many people believe dip and chew are a safer way to use tobacco. This is not true, as one chew of tobacco will deliver 4.5 mg of nicotine, compared to 1-3 mg from a cigarette.

Prevention
  • Don’t start smoking, dipping and/or chewing
  • Recognize the increased risk of developing a habit even when using tobacco, casually while drinking, traveling abroad, studying or for stress reduction
  • If you use tobacco products, quit
  • If you relapse, keep practicing quitting
Treatment
  • Consider a tobacco use diary to determine triggers and circumstances of your tobacco habit
  • Set a quit date and plan strategies to reduce urges (five slow deep breaths, hot bath, call a friend, go for a walk, chew gum or cinnamon stick, recite a poem, prayer or mantra)
  • Consider nicotine replacement therapies (e.g. patch, gum, lozenges or other medication)
  • Practice relapse prevention strategies, such as planning for future stressful events, non-smoking support group or “buddy”
  • Consider community and even Internet support resources
  • If you would like to be seen by our medical staff, please contact Cutler Health Center at 207.581.4000
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Brianna Woodworth, Wellness Educator at 207.581.4018. There is no charge for the appointment. 
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