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Cigarette smoking is the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. Smoking can negatively affect your heart, blood vessels by damaging your blood vessels and increasing your risk of atherosclerosis – better known as hardening of the arteries. Smoking is especially a major risk factor for heart disease when combined with other risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity.
You Can Quit Smoking!
If you have ever tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. It is hard because nicotine is a very addictive drug. For some people it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Usually, people make two or three tries – or more – before finally quitting. Each time you try to quit, you learn about what helps and what hurts the process. Improve your health immediately!
Studies have shown you have a better chance of being successful if you have help. You can get support in many ways.
Medications can help you stop smoking and lessen the urge to smoke. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved medications to help you quit smoking. All of these medications will more or less double your chances of quitting and quitting for good.
Ask your physician for advice and carefully read the information on the package:
Trying to quit may benefit from using a medication. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, nursing, under age 18, smoking fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, or have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or other health care provider before taking medications.
Most relapses occur within the first three months after quitting. Don’t be discouraged if you start smoking again. Remember that most people try several times before they finally quit. Watch out for the following scenarios which make quitting even more difficult:
If you fit these criteria, you may be at high-risk for lung cancer and qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening.
Early detection could help save your life.
NC Tobacco Use Quitline
For more information about quitting tobacco, check out these resources:
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is completely tobacco-free. This policy, which supports WakeMed’s commitment to the promotion of health, prohibits the use of any tobacco products on all WakeMed campuses, facilities and office space (including parking lots, sidewalks and other outside areas).
The tobacco-free policy applies to anyone at these facilities, including employees, volunteers, medical staff, vendors, patients and visitors. Thank you for your support of this important policy.
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