Quitting smoking can be a difficult process; however, it is the best thing you can do for your health.
Smoking increases your risk for cancer, diabetes, heart failure, and other serious medical problems. Still, if you've been smoking for a long time, it can be very hard to quit. You might worry about withdrawal symptoms or that your craving for a cigarette might be too strong to ignore.
Gaining support from family, friends, past smokers and/or actual support groups is the first step to successfully quitting the habit. There are also drug therapies that can help you quit smoking, such as Nicorette patches, gum and lozenges, and prescription medications, such as Chantix.
Although these therapies can be successful in helping you quit, some of them have significant side effects. Therefore, choosing non-drug therapies such as lifestyle modifications and support groups can be the better, safer route.
Cone Health Cancer Center hosts an eight week smoking cessation program that is open to anyone in the community who wants to quit the habit. This program offers support and helpful tips and tools to help people quit smoking, and get on track to living a healthy lifestyle. To find out more about the smoking cessation program and how to register, call the Cone Health Cancer Center at (336)832-1100.
Dana Herndon is the thoracic oncology nurse navigator at Cone Health Cancer Center. As a patient navigator, Dana educates cancer patients about the disease and treatment options, and connects them to needed medical care and support services. Dana received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Guilford Technical Community College in 1994, and is currently finishing her final semester to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.