COPD is an umbrella term for progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Smoking increases your risk for serious health problems, many diseases, many cancers, and death!
Start your stop smoking plan with START:
S = Set a quit date.
T = Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
A = Anticipate and plan for the challenges you will face while quitting.
R = Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T = Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
Medications for quitting that have been found to be effective include the following:
- Nicotine replacement products
- Over-the-counter: nicotine patch, gum, lozenge
- Prescription: nicotine patch, inhaler, nasal spray
- Prescription non-nicotine medications: bupropion SR (Zyban), varenicline tartrate (Chantix)
Counseling and medication are both effective for treating tobacco dependence, and using them together is more effective than using either one alone. Good luck!
We wanted to check in and see how the plan to stop smoking is going? We know this is extremely difficult but the plan outlined above is really helpful for such an endeavor. Please let us know how it is going!