Quitting Smoking

Monday, November 26, 2012

Quitting smoking is important for your health and provides many benefits but it is not easy. Some people try several times before succeeding. Dr. Edward Hill discusses smoking cessation in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health and well-being.

People who stop smoking decrease their risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and early death.

Nearly half of Americans who once smoked eventually quit smoking. Most smokers in the United States report that they want to stop smoking, but kicking the habit can be difficult. Most ex-smokers try several times, often as many as eight to 10 times, before they are able to quit for good.

Here are some steps you can take to help in your effort to quit smoking:

Be committed. Keep in mind why you want to quit and stay motivated.

Choose a firm date to quit and mark your calendar.

Tell friends and family that you are quitting so they can offer support.

Most smokers trying to quit need drug therapy or nicotine replacement therapy. Talk with your doctor about the therapy appropriate for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.