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What are the most effective strategies for smoking cessation in a 40-year-old male?


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Published At February 26, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am a 40-year-old male. I am writing to seek your professional advice and support in my efforts to quit smoking and improve my overall health and well-being. I have several questions and concerns related to smoking cessation. What are the health risks associated with smoking, and how can quitting smoking positively impact my health? What are the most effective strategies and resources available for quitting smoking, and how can I create a personalized quit plan that aligns with my goals? Are there any specific smoking cessation medications or nicotine replacement therapies that you recommend, and what are the potential benefits and side effects associated with them? Can you provide guidance on managing withdrawal symptoms and cravings during the quitting process? Are there any lifestyle changes or coping strategies that can help me resist the temptation to smoke and maintain my commitment to quitting?


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Regarding your questions about smoking cessation, the health risks associated with smoking include hypertension, coronary heart disease, lung cancer, peripheral vascular disease, chronic bronchitis, exacerbation of asthma, and quitting smoking will positively eliminate the already mentioned medical conditions, improve sleep, and reduce psychological and mental stress. The following are strategies for quitting smoking:

  1. List your reasons to quit.
  2. Tell people you are quitting.
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked.
  4. Use stop-smoking aids.
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke.
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them.
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy.
  8. Exercise away the urge.
  9. For support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational resources, flyers, and materials, you can reach out to your local county or dial their local code.

Yes, you can use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), which is recommended as the best. The benefit of NRT is the replacement of traditional tobacco product usage, though side effects may include hypertension, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. The management of withdrawal symptoms is not usually done at the emergency room. If symptoms such as seizures, confusion, aggression, and agitation occur, seek medical attention. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, take yogurt, maintain a healthy balanced diet, and consider vitamin supplements. Schedule another appointment for follow-up via chat, phone, or video consultation.

Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further.

Thank you.

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Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia
Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

General Practitioner

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