If you quit smoking now, you will likely add years to your life, breathe more easily and have more energy. You'll have extra money for spending or saving, and food will taste better. Whether you are young or old, you'll also enjoy: less chance of cancer, heart attack and lung disease, better blood circulation, no odor of smoke in your clothes and hair, better sense of taste and more sensitive sense of smell.
Not only is helping patients quit smoking a Joint Commission standard, but it's beneficial to the patient as well as to our organization.
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Glenn Singer, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, and everyone involved in the fight to quit, we are proud to present two brochures that will help Broward Health be a leader in fulfilling this important goal and improving the health of our community.
The Quit Now brochure is a patient orientation pamphlet appropriate for hand out in our hospital floors, health centers and private physician offices.
The Help Your Patient Quit Smoking brochure is a guide for providers in helping their patients quit.
For more information, please contact Disease State Management at 954-767-5566. Thank you for paying attention to an important health care concern.
What's the Best Way to Quit Smoking?
Discuss with your doctor: some people quit smoking simply after discussing it with their doctor. During an appointment with the doctor, discussing the medical risks of smoking, the importance of quitting and the benefits to health may lead you to quit smoking.
Treatment groups: some people quit after attending a quit smoking class and getting support from other people trying to quit. Local classes are available from the American Lung Association. Call them at 954-524-4657. Medications help; there are three main medications to help quit smoking:
- Nicotine products, which include patches, gum, nasal sprays and inhalers. The nicotine patch (Nicotrol, Habitrol and Nicoderm) is applied once a day. People who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day usually start with the highest dose, 21mg, and reduce to 14mg in 2-4 weeks; then 7mg in another 2-4 weeks. Nicotine gum (Nicorette) comes in 2 and 4mg packages. If someone smokes more than 15 cigarettes a day, the 4mg dose is appropriate. The gum should be chewed slowly and kept between the cheek and gum for 30 minutes. The Nicotrol Inhaler has the advantage of imitating the hand-to-mouth action similar to smoking a cigarette. It comes with a mouthpiece and cartridge. The nicotine lozenge (Commit) comes in cherry or mint flavor. Heavy smokers can take between 9 and 18 lozenges a day.
- A medicine without any nicotine is bupropion (Wellbutrin or Zyban). This medicine works best if the patient takes it for one or two weeks and then quits. You can't take bupropion if you have a seizure disorder.
- The newest medicine is Chantix (varenicline). The medicine must be taken twice a day and tricks the brain into thinking it's getting nicotine. With Chantix, you set a quit date. Take the starter pack for one week, then on day 8, quit smoking completely. Continue Chantix, 1mg twice a day with a large glass of water and with your breakfast and dinner. Most people stay on the drug about 6 months.
- A combination of medicines works for some people. Ask your doctor, considering this combination:
- Starting bupropion SR 150mg daily for 3 days, then increase to 150mg twice a day. Continue this medication for 6-12 weeks.
- After 7 days of the bupropion SR, quit smoking completely.
- On the 'stop smoking' day, begin using a nicotine patch or other nicotine replacement product daily, and cut the dose after 2-4 weeks as tolerated.
- Still having the urge to smoke? Use a nicotine gum, lozenge or nicotine inhaler as your "rescue treatment." (Remember, seizure patients cannot use this program.)