Smoking Cessation in Buffalo, NY
It started with a single puff, and before long, it turned into a full-blown habit / addiction. When you picked up your first cigarette, you had no idea it would be so difficult to quit. You’ve likely tried to quit numerous times, only to pick up your pack of cigarettes over and over again. You might think you are in a hopeless situation, but help is available. Medical Care of Western New York at Buffalo creates customized smoking cessation plans that help patients stop smoking for good. If you want to improve your health and prolong your life, see us today at Medical Care of WNY, where healing happens!
Negative Effects of Smoking
Did you know that nearly one in five deaths in the United States is due to smoking? Smoking diminishes your overall health and leads to a variety of diseases. Look at some of the most common health problems smokers experience.
Even smoking a few cigarettes a day increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Cigarettes damage blood vessels, which can cause them to thicken and narrow. Your heart speeds up to push blood through, causing your blood pressure to rise. This can lead to blood clots. If a blood clot forms, it can cause a stroke or other serious health issues.
Smoking can also damage the small sacs in your lungs and the airways in your respiratory system. This damage can cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is an umbrella term used to describe chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These conditions make it very difficult to breathe and can reduce your quality of life.
The damage to the respiratory system is even more dangerous for people with asthma. Asthma can become worse when people smoke, and they are more likely to have a serious asthma attack.
Cancer is possibly the most frightening medical term in the world. From expensive treatments to the possibility of death, a cancer diagnosis is devastating. Unfortunately, smokers are at a higher risk of cancer. Lung cancer is the disease most commonly associated with smoking, and for good reason. Smoking is the cause of around 90 percent of deaths from lung cancer.
However, you can get other forms of cancer from smoking as well. No body part is safe when you smoke. You can develop cancer of the bladder, blood, cervix, colon, esophagus, and more. If left untreated, the cancer can spread and impact the entire body.
Other Health Risks
Smoking has other health risks as well. Smokers are more likely to develop:
- Periodontal disease.
- Fertility issues.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Decreased immune function.
Cancer impacts your entire body. It’s impossible to be at optimal health if you smoke.
Benefits of Smoking Cessation
Learning about the health effects of smoking is frightening. You might even think that since you’ve already put yourself at risk, there is no reason to stop now. However, if you quit smoking, your health will begin to improve quickly, and it will get better and better over time.
20 Minutes After Quitting Smoking
You will start to enjoy some health benefits just 20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette. Your heart rate will begin to slow down, and your blood pressure will start to drop. The longer you go without a cigarette, the closer your heart rate and blood pressure will get to normal range. This will reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Two Weeks to Three Months After Quitting
You will get even healthier when you hit the two-week mark. At this point, your lung function will improve, and your circulation will get better. This will continue through the first three months of smoking cessation.
One to Nine Months After Quitting
If you have respiratory problems, they will start to improve between the one- and nine-month marks. You will notice that you can breathe easier and you will cough less. Your lungs will become stronger and will remove mucus with ease.
One to Fifteen Years After Quitting
After you stop smoking for a full year, you will start to notice a significant improvement in your health. Coronary heart disease is a real fear of smokers. At the one-year mark, your risk of developing this disease will drop by 50 percent. That means you will be much less likely to suffer a heart attack.
When you are free of cigarettes for five years, you will be 50 percent less likely to develop various cancers. Also, you will no longer be at a higher risk for a stroke.
The ten-year mark is a cause for celebration. Lung cancer is likely your biggest fear, and your risk will decrease dramatically. The same is true for pancreas and larynx cancer.
By 15 years, you will no longer have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. You will also notice that you haven’t thought about cigarettes for over a decade at this point. It might feel as if the addiction has complete hold of you, but the time will come when cigarettes are the furthest thing from your mind.
E-cigs and Vapes – Not a Safe Alternative
If you are trying to quit smoking, you might have turned to e-cigs or vapes. These are marketed as a “safe alternative” to smoking since they don’t contain tobacco. It’s true that e-cigs and vapes don’t contain tobacco, but they are anything but safe.
E-cigarettes and vapes contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. For example, you might inhale antifreeze when you smoke an e-cigarette or vape. While research is still being done, some believe these devices might be even more dangerous than cigarettes.
Medical Care of Western New York at Buffalo can also help you stop smoking e-cigs and vapes. Your health is extremely important, so start your smoking cessation program today.
Customized Plans for Quitting Smoking
We understand that quitting smoking isn’t easy. The habit / addiction has a hold of you, and patches, medications, and other smoking cessation tools haven’t worked.
These tools don’t work for a simple reason. Everyone is different and people respond to treatments differently. It’s critical to have a customized plan to get the best results.
We have various specialists on staff that are available to work with you. We take a multifaceted approach to treatment that might include acute primary care, physical therpay, and more. We will come up with a plan after assessing you.
You might see various specialists, but each one will be located inside of our gorgeous office. Our newly renovated medical office is comfortable, cozy, and welcoming, and will put you in the right frame of mind to tackle your addiction to cigarettes.
Paying for Treatment
We take various insurance plans at Medical Care of Western New York at Buffalo. Insurance plans often pay for smoking cessation treatment, and our team can help you find out what your policy entails. We will also help with all the paperwork to make smoking cessation as easy as possible.
Start the Path to Better Health
You might think that a happy life without cigarettes isn’t possible, but it absolutely is. We will treat your body, mind, and spirit, and teach you how to find joy in life without cigarettes. As soon as you stop smoking, your health will begin to improve.
We accept appointments and walk-ins for smoking cessation, and no one is turned down for treatment. Reclaim your life by contacting us today.
FAQ About Smoking Cessation
What Happens to My Body When I Stop Smoking?
There are many things that happen when you quit smoking. There are differences even when you stop smoking after an hour. Once you stop smoking after an hour your heart rate will decrease and return back to normal. Your circulatory can start to improve while your blood pressure will begin to drop. After an entire year of not smoking anymore the risk of having a heart attack is cut in half and the risk will continue to decrease as time goes on.
Does Quitting Smoking Make You Tired?
When you quit smoking there is definitely a chance it is going to make you feel more tired than usual. When you’re smoking a cigarette, you are inhaling nicotine along with a multitude of other chemicals and toxins. Nicotine is a stimulant which means it perks you up, without it you are probably going to feel more tired than usual.
Is It Ever Too Late to Stop Smoking?
It is never too late to stop smoking. When you stop smoking you will notice a decrease in further colds and flus. The rate of developing bronchitis will decrease along with pneumonia. You will also start to feel much healthier than you did when you were smoking.
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