It’s hard. But, it can be done.
It’s important to quit using tobacco products because of the numerous health conditions that it causes. Here are just a few:
- Cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, and stroke
- Many types of cancer, including lung, mouth and throat, bladder, breast, colorectal, liver, ovarian, and more
- Chronic obstructive lung disease and other lung conditions, including asthma
Secondhand smoke is also a problem. People around you can develop the same conditions, even if they have never smoked.
Talk to your doctor about counseling and medications that can help you. Usually, a combination of both works better. Your doctor will help you determine what is right for you.
Medication can be nicotine replacement therapy available over-the-counter or non-nicotine prescription medications.
Counseling is important to help you stay on track. Withdrawal symptoms and triggers can be hard to handle on your own. Also, there are other aspects you may need to think about such as depression and weight management.
GlobalHealth members have access to two quit attempts a year, including counseling, prescriptions, and over-the-counter aids, at no cost. You may self-refer to behavioral health counselors at no cost.
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Tobacco and Youth
Preventing tobacco product use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try smoking by age 18.
The most commonly used tobacco product among youth is e-cigarettes. Current e-cigarette use increased 78% among high school students from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes.
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