Every year, approximately 480,000 Americans die as a result of smoking-related complications. Though quitting smoking is incredibly difficult, it’s also one of the best health-conscious decisions that you can make. At Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, the team proudly offers a variety of smoking cessation treatments to help their patients quit smoking once and for all. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Yes. Smoking cigarettes is scientifically proven to harm nearly every organ in the human body. It also increases your risk of both chronic and acute health problems, including high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart attacks, certain types of cancer, and strokes.
Smoking cigarettes affects your physical appearance, as well. Each drag of smoke that you inhale contains approximately 4,000 different chemicals, many of which are toxic.
When nicotine enters your bloodstream, it causes your blood vessels to constrict. Ultimately, this prevents oxygen from reaching your skin, making it sag and wrinkle prematurely.
Smoking cessation is a challenge because of the addictive power of nicotine. Whenever you smoke a cigarette, nicotine enters your bloodstream and releases a feel-good chemical known as dopamine.
When you stop smoking, your dopamine levels drop, which leads to uncomfortable side-effects, such as anxiety and depression.
Additionally, cigarettes act as a stimulant. If you’re a smoker, cigarettes can help you focus and concentrate. Quitting might cause you to feel lethargic or scatter-brained. These symptoms are undoubtedly uncomfortable, but they subside over time.
The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine offers a number of different smoking cessation options, including:
Smoking cigarettes is both a physical and mental addiction. Your provider may also suggest counseling methods such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and talk therapy provide you with tools and insights that you can use to minimize cravings and improve your quality of life. Counseling can also encourage you to choose healthier outlets for stress or anxiety, like exercise.
There are a variety of over-the-counter options that can help ease your nicotine cravings, including patches, gum, and lozenges. Nicotine replacement therapy products contain small amounts of nicotine and help make the cessation process easier. Your provider can help you choose the right option and dosage and offer support during cessation.
CHANTIX is a nicotine-free prescription medication that allows you to quit smoking on your terms. All you have to do is select a quit date a few weeks or months in the future, and take your medication as prescribed.
Over time, CHANTIX reduces cravings. Plus, it boasts a proven track record. Depending on your mental and physical health, your Desert Wells Family Medicine practitioner can tell you whether CHANTIX is a good option for your smoking cessation program.
Thanks to these and other treatments, quitting smoking is possible. Call Desert Wells Family Medicine or click the booking tool to begin a smoking cessation program today.