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Smoking Cessation

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Smoking and tobacco use is likely the single highest risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke and a variety of other illnesses - especially cancer. The national cancer institute estimates that almost half a million deaths in the US each year are caused by smoking. 10% of these are due to secondhand smoke exposure.

  • Smokers are 6 times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than non-smokers.
  • Almost 1 in 5 Americans are smokers. 1 in 6 high school seniors are smokers.
  • Smoking raises blood pressure, increases bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, and accelerates blockage formation in arteries throughout the body

Symptoms

Smokers complain of many symptoms, most commonly:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic cough
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Chest pain
  • Leg pain when walking or especially climbing stairs

Cessation Therapy Options

  • Counseling
  • Nicotine replacement (nicotine lozenges, gum, sprays or inhalers; e-cigarettes; patches)
  • Bupropion (also called Wellbutrin or Zyban) - pill to curb cravings/psychological dependence on cigarettes
  • Varenicline (also called Chantix) - pill to curb cravings/psychological dependence on cigarettes

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