You can choose from a variety of smoking cessation methods and aids to help you ditch the pack. Dr. Mona Khanna explains the options.
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Rebecca Fox: From patches to prescription tip noses to cold turkey, if you want to quit smoking you can choose from a variety of cessation methods and aids to help you ditch the pack. Selecting a method that is right for you is just one step in the process. Icyou’s Medical Editor, Dr. Mona Khanna joins us now to cut through the clutter. Dr. Mona, let’s start with that base line. Why is it important to quit smoking? Dr. Mona Khanna: Well Rebecca, aside from the obvious benefits like you won’t recoup smoke, you’ll stop those little lap line and those lip lines that come and you press your lips just smoke that intensifies as we age, you in a bad breath, you in at those yellow fingered nails and yellow teeth. Aside from those obvious advantages in stopping smoking, we have to remember that smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease, and most people think oh okay, well I might be putting myself at higher risk for developing lung cancer. No, no, no, it doesn’t end there. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable heart disease. As we know heart disease is a number one killer in America. So, anything that has to do almost anything that has to do with preventing disease, quitting smoking is the number one intervention that we recommend to our patient. Rebecca Fox: So, what is the best way to quit smoking? Dr. Mona Khanna: Well that’s a great question and we get that question all the time in our offices with our patients. What’s the best way, what’s the most effective way, how can I do it this is the last time and do it for sure and end it. Because a lot of people actually do want to quit smoking, but nicotine is a very, very powerful addiction and so you look at all the different methods and you have customize it to the person who is coming in your office. One of the ways to do it is say, okay with this method there is this percentage attrition rate people who drop on go back to smoking and this says that so and so percentage of success rate and so forth and so and so, really has to be customized to the person. What we do know though is that we have a way to take and try to quit smoking. Cold turkey is one way just draw all the cigarettes, get rid of them, stop smoking, make a resolution. Many people do that for The Great American Smokeout, it’s held every year in November and they say that’s the day that I’m going to throw everything out and turn over in weeks. That’s one way. Another way is Hypnosis, there is Acupuncture we have medications now, including medication. The patients can take to reduce the nicotine cravings. We have nicotine replacement either patches, gum, candies, I mean you name it; we can give patients that nicotine replacement, so that they get the little bit of how they got when they were smoking in getting that nicotine, but without the tars and the chemicals and that type of stuff that they adjusted to their lungs. Unfortunately, there is really no one most effective and most successful way, it depends on what the person is willing to do to sacrifice that they willing to make, perhaps what their budget is whether or not they can afford some of these nicotine replacements because they are expensive, and then we go from there. Rebecca Fox: So, how can I start, how can I cut through this clutter in start? Dr. Mona Khanna: That’s the magic word to start. The first thing we need to do is we need to set a quit day. We know the patient have to do that, you can’t just say okay, I’m going to quit one of these days. You have to set a quit day and that’s one of the reasons that we had The Great American Smokeout because it’s a great day for a lot of patients to quit smoking. The second is T and that stands for Tell. Tell you family, tell your friends, tell you co-workers, tell everybody that you are going to quit smoking because once you have that support group, that support group is going to be instrumental in helping you not only quit, but maintain you are not smoking that. A stands for anticipate. Anti