Even if you’ve been smoking for many years, quitting can significantly reduce your risk of smoking-related disease and early death, no matter your age. Our team offers smoking cessation strategies to help you kick the habit once and for all.
Take control of your life and your health. Call Ithaca Primary Care or schedule an appointment online to learn more about smoking cessation treatments.
Smoking Cessation Q&A
What are the health risks of smoking?
Tobacco use, the most common cause of preventable death, is responsible for one in five deaths each year in the United States. Smoking increases the risk of developing a wide range of health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart and blood vessel damage, COPD, and long-term lung disease.
Smoking heightens the risk for cancers of the throat, mouth, voice box, and esophagus, as well as the kidneys, bladder, stomach, and colon. Additionally, smoking damages the airways and air sacs in the lungs, aggravating conditions such as asthma and pneumonia.
What is smoking cessation?
The addictive nature of tobacco and nicotine can make it difficult to quit, especially in light of withdrawal symptoms such as increased hunger, tobacco cravings, concentration difficulties, anxiety, anger, and irritability.
To help you quit smoking once and for all, take advantage of a smoking cessation program to ease your withdrawal symptoms and ensure success. This may include medications, step-by-step manuals, and nicotine reduction products. Our team offers smoking cessation counseling to help you break your habit.
What is smoking cessation counseling?
Smoking cessation counseling combines symptom-reducing medication with talk therapy to help identify and overcome the triggers underlying your smoking habit. Triggers may include coffee, alcohol, anxiety, stress, fatigue, and social situations. Our team can describe coping techniques to prevent smoking relapses after quitting, helping you achieve your goal of becoming smoke-free permanently.
What are the health benefits of quitting smoking?
Quitting smoking can be difficult at any age, but regardless of age health benefits emerge almost immediately. These benefits include:
- Lowered blood pressure and heart rate; reduced heart attack risk
- Improved lung function: reduced shortness of breath with physical activity
- Reduced risk of developing cancer
- Decreased toxins such as tar and nicotine: improved immune system.