Hello MFMC patients, families, and friends! I am Pallavi, a volunteer at the clinic. This month I would like to share with you some very important information about smoking. Most importantly, how the clinic can help you quit if you are looking to!
What are the consequences of smoking?
Smoking causes and increases the risk for the leading causes of death in the U.S including…
~Coronary heart disease
~Lung, Stomach, Pancreas, Colon, Liver, Blood, and more Cancers
~Lung disease (COPD, emphysema)
Why is smoking addictive?
~ Cigarettes contain Nicotine.
~Nicotine is an addictive chemical that alters the brain.
~Smoking cigarettes causes a person to become dependent on Nicotine and feel anxious and irritable without it.
What is the real price of smoking?
~According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States with over 480,000 U.S deaths per year”.
How can the clinic help me QUIT smoking?
~ The Clinic’s dedicated staff do many things to help patients quit smoking!
~ MFMC’s wonderful pharmacist can…
- Provide you with the facts you should know about smoking.
- Work with you to find alternatives to smoking and helping you change habits.
- Determine and prescribe the appropriate method to quitting smoking whether nicotine replacement therapy or prescriptions.
- Last but not least, refer you to educational and helpful resources.
What are the benefits of quitting Smoking?
~According to smokefree.gov, “Quitting can lower your blood pressure and heart rate almost immediately. Your risk of a heart attack declines within 24 hours.
~Risk of stroke decreases
~Preventing Lung disease
~Reduce belly fat
~Lower the risk of diabetes
~Stronger immune system
~Stronger muscle and bones
Please and Thank you!
~ So please, if you smoke and are looking to quit, use the clinic’s services! There are many resources and people at the clinic ready to help you quit. If you can not make it to the clinic but would still like to quit smoking, find information at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Thanks for reading and please revisit the blog next month for another post!
By Pallavi Patil