Are you a tobacco user who has tried, again and again, to quit? If you are, you’re not alone. Most tobacco users will go through 5-7 serious quit attempts before they fully kick the habit. Studies have shown that a combination of medication and counseling provide the best chance of success for people who are trying to quit tobacco. To simply say, “that’s it, I quit,” isn’t always effective enough.
The decision to quit tobacco use is an important one that can have a positive impact on one’s life. Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S. and each year, 480,000 Americans die from tobacco-related diseases. To put that number in perspective, it is the equivalent of three jumbo jets full of passengers crashing every day. On average, smokers will die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers and, according to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans currently live with a disease caused by smoking. “Smoking cessation represents the single most important step smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their life,” according to the US Surgeon General.
The benefits of quitting are endless.
Once you take the step to break your tobacco habit, the benefits of quitting begin very quickly. Within 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse return to normal. Eight hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal, and the oxygen level in your blood returns to normal. The chance of a heart attack decreases within 24 hours and lung performance improves up to 30% within just two weeks to three months after quitting. If you make it to one year smoke-free, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease in half.
We can help you quit.
Fairfield Medical Center recognizes the need to provide tobacco cessation services in the community to help those who are struggling to quit. Our Tobacco Cessation Program is open to anyone who is trying to quit cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff, dip, etc.) or electronic cigarettes. During the program, participants will be provided with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful quitters. They will learn the risks of smoking, smokeless tobacco and vaping, as well as how to identify triggers and develop substitutes and distractions. The program also will cover tips for managing withdrawal and will teach participants how to learn from past attempts to quit and engage support from family and friends. In addition, participants may qualify for medications that may also be beneficial for quitting the use of nicotine.
Ready to break your tobacco habit? Fairfield Medical Center’s Tobacco Cessation Program is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Individuals may be referred by their healthcare provider or may self-refer by calling 740-689-4404 or by emailing email@example.com. Click here to learn more about our Tobacco Cessation Program.
Originally posted July 2021.