Giving up smoking is one of the best steps to take for protecting overall health and well being. Of all the steps Scott D. Miller, MD recommends to his patients for improving their conditions, giving up tobacco is the one that he suggests most often. He knows that study after study throughout the years have proven that giving up tobacco produces a long list of well-known, tangible benefits:
- Lower risk of lung cancer and heart disease
- Money savings
- Eliminating second hand smoke and its effects on others
- Keeps skin, hair and eyes younger looking
- Improved lung capacity and function
- Lengthened lifespan
In fact, there are more resources available than ever before – many free or low cost – that are proven techniques for breaking nicotine addiction:
- Behavior modification – to change your habits that trigger the need for a cigarette (for example, lighting up at a certain time each day)
- Counseling – working with an addiction expert • Medications – there are numerous medications that can be effective in curbing nicotine cravings
- Alternative therapies – herbal supplements and acupuncture are used by some
- Going cold turkey
Find the one best suited to your needs and get started today. Dr. Scott Miller and his team will provide information and referrals to help you in your effort to quit:
- Northside Hospital (770) 667-4134
- Your health insurance company – many health insurance companies actively encourage their members to give up smoking and will provide special incentives to get you to quit. Check your policy and the company website to see what you qualify for, including what types of treatments insurance will cover.
- Your primary care physician – Your doctor is your source for information and, if necessary, can prescribe medications to assist you in your effort to quit.
- Web – Here are just a few links to get you started:
It’s simple: if you don’t smoke, don’t start. And if you do smoke, quit. You can still reap many benefits – no matter how old you are.