Kick Tobacco to the Curb!
There’s no question that tobacco use and nicotine dependence is a significant health issue today. In fact, more people in the United States struggle to quit smoking or other nicotine habits than any other drug. Research suggests that nicotine can be as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol. In America alone, approximately 50 million people struggle with nicotine addiction.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. Currently, more people have successfully quit using tobacco products than those who are using it. Also, there are better treatment options today than ever before.
At One Community Health, we take a patient-centered approach to supporting tobacco cessation and provide access to all the best treatment options available today. These options include: brief motivational counseling, life-style coaching, education, medications and nicotine replacement products. Our medical, dental and behavioral health providers work closely with each patient to develop a quit plan that is right for them.
Thinking of quitting? Make an appointment today or call the Oregon Quit Line. A free, telephone and online program that helps callers quit tobacco, The Oregon Tobacco Quit Line offers free confidential, evidence-based counseling and materials. Callers may be eligible for nicotine patches or gum.
The Quit Line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
English: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or www.quitnow.net/oregon
Spanish: 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-35692) or www.quitnow.net/oregonsp
Other online resources: https://smokefree.gov/.
According to the Center for Disease Control, tobacco and nicotine cessation has many benefits:
- Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
- Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
- Reduced heart disease risk within one to two years of quitting.
- Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. While these symptoms may not disappear, they do not continue to progress at the same rate among people who quit compared with those who continue to smoke.
- Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, one of the leading causes of death in the United States).
- Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low-birth-weight baby.