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Smoking Cessation Specialist

Open Water Medical

Family Medicine located in Beaufort, NC, Morehead City, NC, Zebulon, NC & Goldsboro, NC

Smoking is one of the most harmful things you can do for your overall health, but quitting the habit can be incredibly difficult. At Open Water Medical in Beaufort and Morehead City, North Carolina, smoking cessation is one of many services that can help you make the most of your life. When you’re ready to get started, schedule a time to come in and discuss the available treatment options. You can book your visit online or call to check availability.

Smoking Cessation Q & A

How does smoking affect overall health?

Few things are more damaging to your overall health and wellness than smoking. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking causes as many as 480,000 deaths each year in America. Put in another context, more men and women have suffered premature death from smoking than the total death toll from all wars in which the United States has fought.

Smoking increases your risk of the following.

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiovascular heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung disease
  • Numerous types of cancer
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Diabetes
  • Eye health problems

This is far from a comprehensive list. Smoking has a negative impact on virtually every organ and system in your body.

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Scientists agree that the number one reason why it’s so hard to quit smoking is the fact that nicotine is incredibly addictive. In fact, researchers assert that nicotine is just as addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Like other addictive drugs, nicotine releases dopamine, which floods your system with a sensation of pleasure. When you remove nicotine from your daily routine, you’re likely to suffer from the lack of that extra dopamine. That can lead to anxiety, depressive feelings, lack of concentration, and other withdrawal symptoms.

What are my options for smoking cessation?

There are many different tools that can help you quit your smoking habit for good. Finding the right option for you may take some trial and error, and not everyone is a good candidate for every smoking cessation option. Some of the available treatments include:

  • Nicotine lozenge
  • Nicotine patch
  • Nicotine inhaler
  • Nicotine nasal spray
  • Nicotine gum
  • Prescription medications to control urges
  • Counseling and support group

There are also self-help books and online programs that can augment any of these smoking cessation options to give you additional support. Many men and women find that simply having a medically-approved plan in place, like Open Water Medical offers, delivers the motivation needed to start and succeed with smoking cessation.

At Open Water Medical, your practitioner will guide you toward the options best suited for your needs. Even more importantly, you’ll have professional support and advice when you need it most. When you’re ready to get started, call or schedule an appointment online.