Quitting smoking can at times seem impossible but it is necessary for your health. Smoking can cause both immediate and long-term health issues and affect those around you through secondhand smoke. It isn’t easy to stop smoking, but it is important to come up with a plan that works for you and to stick with it. Your primary care doctor can be an effective partner in helping you quit because he or she knows you and your lifestyle.

The Facts: Tobacco Addiction

Smoking can cause serious health issues, right now and in the future:

  • Smoking raises your heartbeat and blood pressure and damages your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds, the flu or pneumonia.
  • Smoking can shorten your life by as much as 14 years.
  • Smoking can cause many diseases, including lung cancer, mouth cancers and heart disease. It can also cause a cough that won’t go away, and it may make it hard for you to breathe.
  • Even a few cigarettes a day are harmful. Once you start smoking, it can be very hard to stop because the nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive.
  • Primary Care: Helping You Quit for Good

Your primary care doctor can help you stop smoking. He or she can work with you to develop a personalized plan based on your medical history and lifestyle and connect you with helpful resources, such as a stop-smoking program at a local hospital or health center.

Quitting can be a long, difficult process. People who stop smoking often start again because of withdrawal symptoms, stress and weight gain. Your primary care doctor can tell you what to expect and help keep you on track.Protect your health before it’s too late by talking to your primary care doctor about how you can quit smoking.

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