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Smoking Cessation

Texas Pulmonary Institute -  - Pulmonary Medicine

Texas Pulmonary Institute

Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine located in Port Arthur, TX

If you find it difficult to give up your smoking habit, you’re not alone. Nicotine can be as addictive and harder to quit using than heroin. To increase your success rate for quitting smoking, Roozbeh Sharif, MD, and the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offer a smoking cessation program at their office in Port Arthur, Texas. A smoking cessation program gives you the tools you need to overcome nicotine addiction, so you can quit smoking for good. To learn more about the benefits of smoking cessation, call Texas Pulmonary Institute or book a consultation online today.

 

Smoking Cessation Q&A

What is smoking cessation?

A smoking cessation program helps you quit smoking and provides you with resources to stop your habit for good.

The team at Texas Pulmonary Institute offers a comprehensive smoking cessation program as part of a prevention plan for smoking-related diseases like:

  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Stroke
  • Vision loss
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Quitting smoking greatly reduces your risk factors for these diseases and helps you overcome your addiction to nicotine safely and without significant withdrawal symptoms.

Why should I consider a smoking cessation program?

Tobacco contains nicotine, an addictive substance that stimulates your brain with each cigarette you smoke. It becomes increasingly difficult to quit smoking because of how addictive nicotine is. Many people also find it hard to quit due to the uncomfortable withdrawal effects you feel when you stop.

These effects can include:

  • Cravings
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulties concentrating

Weight gain is also a common side effect of quitting smoking because people substitute food for smoking to calm cravings. Nicotine also suppresses the appetite, so when you stop smoking you may feel hungrier than usual.

A smoking cessation program can help you manage withdrawal effects as you overcome your smoking habit. You should schedule a consultation with the team at Texas Pulmonary Institute if you’re trying to quit but find it too difficult to quit on your own.

You should also consider participating in a smoking cessation program if you have other risk factors for serious diseases like COPD or are already experiencing symptoms of respiratory distress or disease.

What’s involved in a smoking cessation program?

The smoking cessation program at Texas Pulmonary Institute includes resources that help you overcome the physical and psychological effects of quitting nicotine.

The program includes:

  • Medication therapies
  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Stress reduction counseling
  • Social and emotional support

The team works with you on setting reasonable goals to quit for good and to prevent relapse. They can also evaluate your current health to determine if you have or need treatment for any smoking-related health issues.

To find the help you need to quit smoking forever, schedule a consultation online or by calling Texas Pulmonary Institute to learn more about the smoking cessation program.