This blog was contributed by Dr. Aron Boney of DePaul Medical Associates.
We all know that smoking can lead to serious health conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, but smoking doesn’t have to kill you to have negative effects on your life. Smoking can also cause impotence, lengthen healing time after an injury and cause you to lose your teeth.
2014 is the perfect time to quit. As smoking bans become increasingly popular across the country even having a place to smoke is becoming more difficult. Employers are also starting to test for tobacco use before hiring employees and enforcing higher insurance rates for smokers, meaning the habit may cost even more than before.
Quitting is not easy since smokers are addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. During the quitting process, you may be grumpier, have headaches or muscle twitches. The good news is as soon as you quit, your body can start working its way back to better health.
The best way to quit smoking is to develop a support system of people to help you through the quitting process. This team can include your family, friends and your physician. It also is easier to quit smoking if someone else quits with you or if you join a smoking cessation class. Research shows that you are twice as likely to successfully quit if you take a smoking cessation class. When you want a cigarette, reach out to someone to help you get through the craving. You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free assistance and visit smokefree.gov for quitting resources.
About Dr. Boney – Aron Boney, MD, is a board-certified family practice physician. He received his medical degree from Wake Forest University. Dr. Boney completed his family medicine residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.