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Smoking Cessation Specialist

Ithaca Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Behavioral Health located in Ithaca, NY

Even if you’ve been smoking your whole life, quitting can significantly reduce your risk of smoking-related disease and early death, no matter your age. At Ithaca Primary Care in Ithaca, New York, Dr. Radomir D. Stevanovic proudly offers smoking cessation treatments to help you kick the habit once and for all. Take control of your life and your health — call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about smoking cessation treatments.

Smoking Cessation Q&A

What are the health risks of smoking?

The most common cause of preventable death is tobacco use, responsible for one in five deaths each year in the United States.

Smoking increases your risks of developing a wide range of health conditions, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Heart and blood vessel damage
  • COPD, or long-term lung disease

Smoking also increases your risk for cancers of the throat, mouth, voice box, and esophagus, as well as the kidneys, bladder, stomach, and colon. On top of all this, smoking damages the airways and air sacs within your lungs, worsening certain conditions like asthma and pneumonia.

What is smoking cessation?

Unfortunately, the addictive nature of tobacco and nicotine can make it difficult to quit, especially as you struggle through withdrawal symptoms like:

  • Increased hunger
  • Tobacco cravings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety, anger, and irritability

To help you quit smoking once and for all, take advantage of a smoking cessation program to ease your withdrawal symptoms and ensure success. These programs include medications, step-by-step manuals, and nicotine reduction products. At Ithaca Primary Care, Dr. Stevanovic also offers smoking cessation counseling to help you break your habit.

What is smoking cessation counseling?

Smoking cessation counseling combines medication therapy to reduce withdrawal symptoms with talk therapy that helps you identify and overcome the triggers behind your smoking habit.

Examples of smoking triggers include:

  • Coffee or alcohol
  • Anxiety, stress, and fatigue
  • Social situations with friends

While working with Dr. Stevanovic, you learn to cope techniques to prevent smoking relapses after you quit that help you achieve your goals of becoming smoke-free permanently.

What are the health benefits of quitting smoking?

Quitting smoking can be difficult at any age, but when you do, you can see the benefits for your entire body almost immediately. These are just a few areas that will benefit:

  • Heart: lowered blood pressure and heart rate; heart attack risk reduces within 24 hours
  • Lungs: lung function improves; less shortness of breath during physical activity
  • DNA: damage to the DNA from smoking ceases, reducing your risk of developing cancer
  • Immune system: without toxins like tar and nicotine, your immune system grows strong and more effectively fights infection

To quit smoking once and for all, call or schedule an appointment and learn more about the smoking cessation programs offered at Ithaca Primary Care.