Smoking Cessation — featuring St. Elizabeth Physicians

Smoking Cessation — featuring St. Elizabeth Physicians


Quitting smoking reduces your chance of many
different types of cancers, COPD, you know,
heart disease.
So I try to figure out, first of all, are
they willing to quit, because if the person
isn’t ready to hear those words, if they’re
not ready for themselves to make that decision,
oftentimes it just goes right over their head,
and then I lay out options to help them quit.
Patients always say they won’t quit unless
they want to quit.
I mean, first they have to decide.
I require them to quit smoking for two weeks
leading up to an elective operation.
Some people when they’re given the motivation
and they see where things are at, they’ll do it.
And then it’s a matter, hopefully afterwards,
staying quit, and fortunately most of them
stay quit.
Some people like to use gums or nicotine patches,
and there are medications that help you stop
smoking, which your doctors can prescribe
to you.
There are free programs that can help you
stop smoking.
We have the Fresh Start program here at St.
Elizabeth.
Fresh Start is a four-week program.
It’s once a week.
It is free.
It helps smokers understand why smoking is
detrimental to their health and helps them
quit smoking.

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