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You Should Stop Smoking

“You should stop smoking.”

A study a few years ago showed that surprisingly few smokers actually hear those words from their doctor.  We can speculate that their doctors assume “everybody knows that,” or expect  a low success rate for the time spent, or wishfully think  all smokers are already trying to quit.  Well, it’s pretty darned hard to quit even knowing the dangers. Nicotine is an extremely addictive drug that triggers withdrawal discomforts even after a night’s abstinence.  A cigarette delivers nicotine powerfully and directly to the lung circulation and to the brain relieving withdrawal and creating lots of powerful positive associations.

So what can a smoker do to help themselves?

Set a quit date.  Most people who smoke may intend to quit “sometime” but never get around to it. Committing to a date can remove some of the emotion and anxiety surrounding stopping.  Nicotine replacement can be started on the quit day.  Don’t worry about continuing addiction; nicotine replacement methods enter the circulation much more  slowly than cigarette smoke and are not as addictive.

Keep a  positive attitude.

It is important to create a self image as a healthy nonsmoker.  Starting an exercise program may help by making cessation efforts part of training (and may help prevent unwanted weight gain.) Remember that many folks smoke when anxious so the guilt about smoking may trigger the urge to light up.

Change  your routine.

Figure out circumstances where you habitually smoke and do something different:

  • Drink tea instead of coffee.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks.
  • Go for a walk instead of coffee break.
  • Get a new car!

Beware of “incremental” misperception of risk.

One cigarette may not seem harmful but sustains the habit. Once you are quit, even one cigarette triggers the return of addiction.  Don’t be fooled  by the  inner voice of habit  into making exceptions  “just this once”.

With a little determination and strategy you may not need to hear those four little words ever again!


Pentucket Medical has remained committed to ensuring the safety of our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since June 1, we have been treating patients on-site per the four-phase guidance issued to healthcare facilities by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services.

In the coming weeks, we will continue following stringent infection prevention processes and implementing specific precautions to ensure a safe environment for essential patient care services.

Here are some of the changes you will see on your next visit to Pentucket Medical:

When scheduling an appointment with a clinician, you will be provided a phone number to call when you arrive at the office this will allow you to remain safe in your car until it is time to see your provider essentially cutting out waiting rooms

We appreciate your support.