According to the CDC, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. Outside of personal health, there are a multitude of reasons to quit smoking, you might want to quit for your family or your budget. Below are a few additional details on why you should quit and how to get started!
Quitting a pack a day can save you thousands (with an ‘s’) each year!
While you may think a cigarette or two everyday isn’t breaking the bank, those small costs can easily add up over time. www.quitnow.ca has developed a calculator so you can see an estimate of what you might end of spending if you continue smoking.
It’s not easy, but there is help to quit!
Your health and your pocketbook will thank you
There are a variety of methods available that can assist you in quitting. Tria Health currently offers S.T.O.P. – Stop tobacco by optimizing pharmacists. S.T.O.P. provides one-on-one consultations with a clinically trained pharmacist. Your Tria pharmacists will assist you in developing a personalized quit plan that will work for you and your lifestyle. Our proven success combines medication along with behavioral therapy to improve your odds of success. Visit https://triahealth.com/Stop to learn more.
There are significant health benefits associated with quitting tobacco. Within one year of kicking the habit an individual’s risk of coronary heart disease will cut in half. What’s the magic solution to help you quit successfully?
Studies have shown:
The use of approved medications for tobacco cessation doubles the likelihood of successfully quitting.
The effects of medications used for tobacco cessation increase substantially when paired with behavioral intervention.
There are three FDA-approved drugs for smoking cessation: nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch, lozenge, nasal spray, inhaler), bupropion, and Chantix. Read facts about each of these below.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
• Use of NRT products approximately doubles quit rates
• Available in many forms to fit your preferences and lifestyle
• The patch, gum and lozenge are available over-the-counter
• The nasal spray and inhaler are prescription only
Bupropion SR (Zyban):
• Prescription only
• Also an antidepressant; might be beneficial for individuals with depression
• Prescription only, expensive if not covered
• Decent success rate when taken as prescribed and well tolerated
• Has more intolerable side effects than the other agents available
It’s important to consult your physician and/or pharmacist to help you determine the best medication option for you.