Smoking cessation refers to quitting smoking. And more specifically, discontinuing the use of combustible tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or vaporizers.
If you’ve tried to stop using tobacco in the past but find it difficult to quit “cold turkey,” consider a medically supervised program. All Health Medical Group uses a combination of nicotine replacement therapy, smoking cessation medications, and alternative therapies to help individuals stay on track.
Smoking cessation is important because it can significantly improve your health and quality of life. What’s more, if you stick with it, smoking cessation can even extend your lifespan.
If you continue to smoke, you’re more likely to experience potentially serious issues, including:
Smoking also affects your oral health. People who smoke are more likely to experience gum disease and tooth decay.
At All Health Medical Group, the medically supervised smoking cessation program includes:
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) minimizes the uncomfortable symptoms of nicotine cravings by delivering nicotine to your body in a much safer form than smoking. Examples of NRT include nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and nicotine inhalers.
Sometimes, NRT isn’t enough to ease nicotine cravings. Prescription medications like Chantix® and Zyban® affect the chemicals in your brain, minimizing cravings and other symptoms of withdrawal. Some of these drugs can even be used in coordination with NRT.
For many people, smoking provides a way to relieve stress or anxiety. All Health Medical Group may recommend substituting tobacco use for an alternative form of stress management like massage, acupuncture, or behavioral therapy.
Anyone who wants to quit smoking can benefit from the smoking cessation program at All Health Medical Group. Following an in-office exam, a discussion of your goals, and a review of your health history, your provider can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
To enroll in the smoking cessation program at All Health Medical Group, book an appointment by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduler.