According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S., accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. In 2018, nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (13.7%) smoked cigarettes.
The World Health Organization also warns smoking of any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and increases the risk of many respiratory infections and can increase the severity of respiratory diseases – like COVID-19. Available research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death.
It can be difficult to quit smoking, but Gritman can help.
You can find trustworthy information and guidance from leading medical experts by going to our Online Clinic, or you can schedule a free tobacco cessation counseling session with one of our respiratory therapists who can help you set realistic goals, develop strategies and provide the support you need to stop smoking. Call 208-883-6236 to schedule an appointment.
Cigarette smokers crave the nicotine in cigarettes. Giving it up is much harder than simply changing a habit. Your body has to stop craving the nicotine. It is hard to quit, but you can do it. There are many tools that people use to quit smoking. You may find that combining tools works best for you.
There are several steps to quitting. First, you get ready to quit. Then you get support to help you. After that, you learn new skills and behaviors to become a nonsmoker. For many people, a necessary step is getting and using medicine. Your doctor can help you set up the plan that best meets your needs.
Our free tobacco cessation counseling has also proven to help people quit smoking.
Some of the changes you feel when you first quit tobacco are uncomfortable. Your body will miss the nicotine at first, and you may feel short-tempered and grumpy. You may have trouble sleeping or concentrating. Medicine can help you deal with these symptoms. You may struggle with changing your smoking habits and rituals. The last step is the tricky one: Be prepared for the smoking urge to continue for a time. This is a lot to deal with but keep at it. You will feel better.