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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts

  • Tobacco use can lead to tobacco dependence and serious health problems. Quitting smoking greatly reduces the risk of developing smoking-related diseases.
  • Tobacco/nicotine dependence is a condition that often requires repeated treatments, but there are helpful treatments and resources for quitting.
  • Smokers can and do quit smoking for good. In fact, since 2002 there have been more former smokers than current smokers.

It is estimated that a smoker requires eight to 11 cessation attempts, and a Gallup poll reported that smokers average 6.1 quit attempts before achieving success. However,a recent article indicates that the average may be as high as 30 quit attempts, noting that previous figures may be underestimated because of the exclusion of smokers facing significant challenges in quitting and limitations in smokers’ ability to recall lifetime quit attempts. In fact, smokers are 30–40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. And people with diabetes who smoke are more likely than nonsmokers to have trouble with insulin dosing and with controlling their disease. The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. No matter what type of diabetes you have, smoking makes your diabetes harder to control. If you have diabetes and you smoke, you are more likely to have serious health problems from diabetes. It is well established that tobacco use—including both combustible and smokeless tobacco—can increase a person’s risk of developing several conditions, including lung cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke, as well as increase overall mortality.

Despite the awareness of associated harm, current smokers face a significant challenge in quitting smoking that is attributed to nicotine’s potent euphoriant effects.Nicotine exerts its effects via binding of nicotinic receptors in the central nervous system, causing a release of dopamine. Dopamine triggers areas in the brain that control pleasure, reward, and compulsive behaviors, leading to the smoker’s dependence on nicotine-triggerered dopamine release.Continual stimulation of the pleasure center of the brain is what makes smoking cessation so challenging.

As a community pharmacy,Vivmeds Pharmacy is perfectly positioned to make a difference with this challenging health issue both through the products we carry as well as the counseling services we provide to our patients.

Health Benefits from Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking can provide immediate and long-term health benefits. Immediate reductions in heart rate and blood pressure can be observed, and patients may notice decreased phlegm and improved breathing within one month. Long-term benefits include a reduction in smoking-related mortality of greater than 90% if patients quit before age 30, and 50% when patients quit before age 50.

Vivmeds Pharmacy Approach to Smoking Cessation

As a Community Pharmacy, we are aware that not all patients who are inquiring about smoking cessation or who have a prescription for a smoking-cessation product are ready to quit. Our initial approach is to perform Behavioral intervention to identify the patient’s stage of quitting in order to determine the next step. At Vivmeds Pharmacy, we elect to use the motivational interviewing strategy, which is a “patient-centered” approach with the goal of helping the patient make informed decisions about their health. Not all patients are willing to stop smoking at the time of their first visit. Educating the patient about different quitting options can help them decide whether they feel comfortable in setting a quit date or they need a longer preparation period. For patients not ready to set a quit date, providing information on different cessation opportunities can make a significant difference when they are contemplating whether or not to quit. Actively engage ambivalent patients to explore reasons to make a change. We will work with you on either pharmacologic and non pharmacologic interventions based on the number of cigarettes smoked per day.

To learn more about how we can help with Smoking Cessation
Schedule a Free Consultation with the Pharmacist or
Call us at 940-226-4849