A Quick Thought on Smoking Cessation

There are many different methods that have successfully helped people to quit smoking including counseling services, self-help materials, prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) products such as skin patches, lozenges, and gum, and even quitting cold turkey. For most people, the best way to quit will entail some combination of the above including a change in personal habits and emotional support. It is important to remember that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and there is no safe tobacco product. All forms of tobacco — cigarettes, pipes, cigars, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco — are hazardous to your health. Additionally, although marketed as such, filtered or low-tar products are not any ‘healthier’ for you than regular cigarettes. If you are a smoker who wants to quit, there is an abundance of help available. Nicotine replacement products and non-nicotine medications approved by the FDA can be very effective in helping you cope with cravings and withdrawal, while counseling and behavioral therapy can help you address the psychological aspects of quitting smoking.

The Bottom Line – For Your Health!

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