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Zei Gezunt: Prevention and Wellness
Smoking Cessation
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

  •  Description
  •  Statistics
  •  Questions to ask an expert
  •  General Tips
  •  Products and Services
  •  Books and Publications

Description
The US Surgeon General has stated, "Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives.

Numerous studies have been done on effect of smoking on health and a person life span. What they found was that people who smoked had a higher incidence of heart disease, strokes and lung cancer. Smoking while pregnant caused health issues for the fetus and children growing up with smokers were equally affected.

Statistical studies show the following:
  •  Smoking has been identified as the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.
  •  Cigarettes currently cause approximately 20% of all deaths in the U.S.
  •  According to the American Heart Association in the United States, an estimated 25.1 million men (23.4 percent) and 20.9 million women (18.5 percent) are smokers
  •  According to WHO (World Health Organization)
  •  About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
  •  Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people.
  •  Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use.

Why Do People Smoke?
The answer to this question may be different for each person.
  •  Some smoke because it relieves stress
  •  Some smoke because everyone around them does
  •  Some smoke because it gives them pleasure
  •  Some smoke because it helps to keep their weight down
  •  Some smoke because they don’t have the will power to quit

 Questions to ask the expert
  •  How many years experience have you had treating this addiction
  •  What is your success rate
  •  Certificates and Licenses
  •  References

General Tips
  •  Admit you have an addiction
  •  You must want to stop smoking for any of the methods to work
  •  Speak to your health care professional prior to starting any program
  •  Avoid social situations that you associate with smoking
  •  Call National Cancer Institute's Smoking Quit-line, 1-877-44U-Quit,

List of Products & Services
So you’ve decided to quit, how do you know which method to use?  You can try to do it yourself by quitting “cold turkey” that is just stopping. However, for most people this way is not very successful. For best results the program you choose should be tailor made for you.  It should fit your personality, lifestyle and preferences. Once you have chosen the method seek help from experts in the field.

  •  Support Groups:   http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/
  •  Get the Non-Smoker's Edge and quit smoking for good.

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Books and Publications
  •  The Easy Way to Stop Smoking: Join the Millions Who Have Become Non-Smokers Using Allen Carr's Easyway Method (Hardcover)
  •  How To Quit Smoking Even If You Don't Want To (Paperback)

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