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Live Right Now: Smoking Cessation

8.26.2011 <br> Cigarettes have been identified by many health care professionals are the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

Cigarettes have been identified by many health care professionals are the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.

The US Surgeon General has said, "Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives."

There are many ways to quit smoking that will save the smokers life as well as those around them exposed to second hand smoke.

When trying to quit smoking smokers will go through withdrawal symptoms which are caused by the lack of nicotine in the body. There are both physical and mental aspects included in quitting smoking, including the change in behavior that is a large part of the process.

According to the American Cancer Society withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following:

  • Dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting)
  • Depression
  • Feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Restlessness or boredom
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation and gas
  • Cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip
  • Chest tightness
  • Slower heart rate

This week on Live Right Now, Donna Repaty, Coordinator of the Tobacco Cessation Center of Northern New York, will be discussing how to quit smoking and the resources that are available locally.

Each week Live Right Now, brought to you by Carthage Area Hospital health experts, will outline a new health topic and discuss how to maintain your health.

 

Produced by: Eric Cleary

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