Most smokers genuinely want to quit smoking, but it’s not easy to do. But you can break the pattern of addiction and quit all forms of nicotine, including cigarettes and vaping. And you’ll see immediate and long-term health benefits.
Join Our Free Smoking Cessation Program
Did you know that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States? The University of Tennessee Medical Center offers a free program to help you stop smoking. This program offers an initial one-on-one counseling session with a respiratory therapist. During that session, you’ll receive step-by-step information on creating a personalized quit plan, discuss nicotine replacement options and have a free lung function test.
During your journey to quit smoking, a counselor will follow up with periodic phone support. Our counselors will also be available by phone and email to answer questions and provide encouragement along the way.
Tips to Help You Stop Smoking
Some things that may help you quit smoking include:
- Identify the times when you are most likely to smoke.
- In addition to all cigarettes, clean or get rid of all clothing, furniture, etc., that smells like smoke before you quit.
- Avoid smoke-filled settings.
- Before your quit date, start smoking fewer cigarettes each day and decreasing the strength.
- Use nicotine patches, gum and sprays.
- Enroll in a smoking cessation program.
- Talk to your health care provider.
After quitting, clean and deodorize your home, clothing, car and anything else that smells like smoke. This will help give
you a fresh start in your new, smoke-free life.
The Benefits of Quitting
According to cancer.org, just minutes after you smoke your last cigarette, your body begins to recover. Over time:
- Heart rate and blood pressure drop
- Carbon monoxide levels in the blood return to normal
- Circulation and lung function increase
- Coughing and shortness of breath decrease
- Your risk of heart disease is cut in half
- The risk of diabetes decreases
- You reduce cancer and stroke risk
These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking.
People who quit add years to their lives. And if you quit before you’re 40, you cut the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90 percent. While quitting while you’re younger reduces your health risks more, quitting at any age gives you back years of life that would be lost if you keep smoking
You can quit. We can help.Call 865-305-6970 to learn more today.