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