Smoking Cessation

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quitting smoking can be challenging. Half of all current smokers have tried to quit in the past year, but only 6 percent of those who quit on their own, without help, will succeed in stopping smoking within a year. Dr. Edward Hill explains some of the methods that could help you stop smoking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Tobacco smoking has devastating effects on health. The smoke damages the lungs, resulting in a diminished ability of oxygen to enter the body. Smoke long enough and eventually you will get emphysema and perhaps cancer.

Smoking cessation aids include:

Nicotine replacement through skin patches. Replacing nicotine through a skin patch maintains a blood level of nicotine. Nicotine gum, lozenges, inhalers, or nasal sprays provide a short burst of nicotine and also make it easier to quit smoking by reducing acute craving for cigarettes.

Medications such as Bupropion, a medication used to treat depression that increases brain levels of dopamine, and Varenicline, a drug that binds to part of the nicotine chemical receptor in the brain.

Electronic cigarettes are new and unproven devices that deliver nicotine into the lungs through a device that looks like a cigarette. It is not known if these devices are effective or if they are safe. They are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

You can get free smoking cessation help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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