If you're like many smokers and other tobacco users, you know you should quit — you just aren't sure how to do it. Creating a quit-smoking plan may improve your chances of stopping for good.
Having a plan helps you cope with the physical and emotional issues that often arise when you stop smoking, such as nicotine withdrawal and strong urges to smoke. Here at New England Laser and Wellness Center, we can offer you the personal support and medical advice necessary to successfully stop smoking.
WHY QUIT SMOKING NOW?
Fortunately, people who stop smoking can greatly reduce their risk for disease and premature death. And the younger you are when you quit, the better your chance of avoiding these problems.
When you quit smoking you will:
- Lower your risk for lung and other types of cancer.
- Reduce your risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
- Reduce respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Reduce your risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.
- Reduce your risk for infertility if you are a woman in your reproductive years. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.
- When you quit smoking, you will also help protect your children, family, and friends from exposure to secondhand smoke that can cause immediate harm to those who breathe it.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF SMOKING?
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic, and about 70 cause cancer. The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.
More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.