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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!

We Screen, We Clean and We Protect.

To everyone who needs us now, come get the care you deserve. Our Safe Care Commitment is in effect at all of our locations providing  you with the safest possible environment for our patients and staff.

We screen to protect you, your families, and our staff

Patients visiting our offices for healthcare appointments are screened for symptoms upon arrival. If symptomatic, patients are cared for via virtual visits.

We also provide urgent care services at our Expresscare Riverwalk location which has a separate area where we use preventative measures.

We adhere to best practice safety protocols in those settings.

We follow special infection prevention guidelines for care provided to protect our patients and our staff.

We also provide telehealth services via video so you can access care and get the treatment you need from the comfort of your home or office.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe.