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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Tobacco Cessation for the New Year

I have never smoked, but I appreciate how hard it can be to break a habit.
I have heard of several techniques people use to quit including hypnosis, accupressure, and medication. Currently there is three pharmaceuticals available to aid cessation. Nicotine patches and gum are over the counter. You don't need a prescription to buy. Zyban and Chantix are prescriptions. There may be a nicotine inhaler currently available by prescription, too.

Arguments I hear not to pursue these techniques:

Are they safe? Anything is safer than smoking! Even while breastfeeding, even in pregnancy. Cigarettes contains the worst toxins we are exposed to on a regular basis.

Why use a Nicotine patch (or pill). It's still nicotine? Yes, its still nicotine, but without the second hand smoke. Do you know how dangerous second hand smoke is to kids and family members. Wheezing illnesses and lung cancer very common in smoking households. I see wheezing daily. Between my husband and we diagnosis lung cancer at least monthly and loose a patient frequently to lung cancer.

But I'll gain weight? Better to have the weight than the toxins.

The treatments are too expensive? Yes, but so are cigarettes.

My insurance doesn't cover it? No one's insurance covers it. "Insurance not covering something" is a lame excuse not to do what is best for your health. I see this excuse used all the time in many aspects of health care.

I tried quitting before? Each time you attempt to quit you have a greater chance of success.

If you must smoke, could you stop smoking in your house and car. If you carry passengers (kids) in your car you shouldn't smoke in it even when they aren't in there. The second hand smoke lingers. Can you change your clothes before rejoining the family/group(to get rid of the second hand smoke)? In public can you be considerate of others around who don't smoke. Nothing like going to the beach, mountains, anywhere in nature to enjoy nature and breathe fresh air and someone lights up. If you can't stop smoking completely these few things would be a great way to help cut back and compromise until you are in a frame of mind to quit.

Do you know its easier to quit if you and a buddy choose a target date together and support each other. You may want to combine techniques: use the patch and medication together.

Do you know smoking is out of fashion. Personally there is nothing more unattractive than seeing someone put a smoke stick in their mouth and then see smoke come out of their nostrils and mouth. Oh... and please don't tease a non-smoker and get in their face and exhale. I've had dental associates and other professionals who need to get up close and I can tell they just came back from a smoke break when they breathe. What a way to loose business.

I have no financial interest in the pharmaceuticals or other techniques. But if you keep smoking, you'll be in to seem me or whoever your physician is more often for illness.


Catalina said...

Thank you for the info. I have a friend who just quit a few months ago ... Oh, in regards to your example.. Yesterday .. we were trying to enjoy the outdoors and the horses at a barn .. and someone lit up .. what a damper! It was hard to breath! I had to move my daughter away as fast as I could without seeming as though to insult the other person with the cigarette.

Permission to Mother said...

I walk away when someone lights up, too. When your kids get vocal (like 2-3 years old), you can count on them to announce loudly, "P U, nasty cigarette."

Recently I read 20 feet is far enough away to reduce the damage from 2nd hand smoke. I can smell smoke from much further distances.

I can only hope they feel that way in their teens and never start.

We keep away from smoking 99.9% of the time, especially since you can't smoke in restaurants now. I am not even sure my 4yo old knows what a cigarette is. He hasn't been around smokers smoking.

My older boys are starting to have more questions about cigars and pot (where they know that???)and cigarettes. I am glad they ask me!

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