BRIDGEPORT – Just the last week, smokers across the country taking part in the Great American Smokeout of.
Now, billions of & # 39; smokers around the world continue to battle & # 39; their day to end their dependence on nicotine and quit tobacco products.
"I think a lot of doctors, appreciate the struggle that patients face when trying to quit smoking," Dr. Elizabeth Hess of Family Medicine UHC said on a recent edition of & # 39; The Gary Bowden Show & # 39; WAJR-CLARKSBURG.
"I think the statistics that at least 7 out of 10 people that current smokers want to stop, maybe even more will not jammettuha, but it is very difficult".
Hess has two pieces & # 39; advice for anyone wanting to stop.
"One is never too late to quit," she said. "And then you & # 39; stop, help them believe in the potential and can achieve success using some of these tools are available to help."
Considering what resources to use, Hess said that everyone is different in & # 39; & # 39 terms, what works for them.
For some, it takes drugs. For others can & # 39; has classes & # 39; stop and still others can & # 39; is simply go cold turkey.
"The current tools we have to & # 39; medicines that help to stop smoking, a & # 39; support, & # 39; online training programs, telephone, in groups, helping many people . Then I have patients to walk and tell me, & # 39; I decided that I would quit, and never looked back nressaqhom & # 39 ;, "said Hess. "You & # 39; & # 39 see spectrum; of & # 39; success stories, but the success is there for people who want to take the first step."
There is a reason that smoking is such a nasty habit to quit.
"Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Scientists increase the potential & # 39; dependency & # 39; different substances, and nicotine rates there & # 39; morphine and heroin. So, latches on and body and your mind want to receive this reaction again & # 39; other & # 39 and again another, "said Hess. "It's very addictive and very difficult to get, so there will be symptoms of & # 39; withdrawal, cravings, and physical withdrawal can & # 39; to be difficult."
There are also suffer from psychological withdrawal when smokers quitting, Hess said.
"Smoking was a habit or behavior that may have attended dozens of & # 39; years", she said. "It is part of the routines & # 39; their morning. Encourage, have coffee, have a cigarette. At work, 10:30, to go with their friends, have a cigarette."
The good news is, for those who can give, the benefits begin to accumulate almost immediately.
"The first thing is that the blood pressure and heart rate can return to normal, as immediately gets elevated when smoking. So, immediately you changes with the blood vessels relaxation and improvement b & # 39; this way, "said Hess. "With airways, the cilia, the hair cells of little help residues lungs begin to regenerate and recover."
Hess said that smokers who quit often have increased cough and production Flem because they are clean those airways and all remnants finally come.
"Within a month, the function of airway start & # 39; improve, you'll remove the remains. The immune system recovers, not prone to infections, pneumonia and circulating viruses because they have such airway that can clarify, "she said.
Even large changes occur after a decade or two from that last cigarette.
"They can recover cardiovascular function and reduce the risk of & # 39; cardiovascular disease almost back to what a non-smoker after about 15 years, and the same with the lungs," said Hess. "I think it's about 15 or 20 years out, your risk of & # 39; lung cancer can & # 39; actually return to that & # 39; a non-smoker."
While Hess tells its patients never too late to quit, it also indicates that the situation is "first, the better".
"Especially in & # 39; women who smoke people", she said. "Stop smoking before the age of & # 39; 40 reduces the risk of & # 39; deaths from smoking-related diseases b & # 39; about 90 percent."
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