Ask the Nurse

What can I do to support my smoking cessation efforts (holistic or pharmacological)?

Good for you in your efforts to quit smoking. It is not easy and most people try a number of times before they are successful. One of the most important things you can do to improve your health is to stop smoking.

As you likely know, smoking is a known risk factor in the development of:

  • Heart disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Stroke

Children exposed to second-hand smoke are at increased risk of developing lung cancer later in life. Programs are available in the community and medications are available to aid you through this process. Every effort should be made to obtain the goal of complete smoking cessation. Your physician may be able to prescribe a medication like Zyban or Chantix to help you stop smoking.

Please call 216-444-5812 and ask about our Cleveland Clinic smoking cessation group. There are also cessation programs that may be closer to your home and most health centers offer counseling for support and help. Smoking is an oral fixation, so sugar-free gum, candy, fruit or low calorie snacks and water are better choices instead of cigarettes. When you have the urge to smoke take a deep breath, hold your breath for ten seconds, then release slowly. Exercise, go for a walk or find a new hobby.

Good luck! You are a great person for quitting. Your health and your body will love you for it.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

February 11, 2014 at 8:02am