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Arche Wellness LLC
(724) 444-1333
49 QSI Lane
Allison Park, PA
Holy Family Social Services-Shores
(412) 761-0236
8324 Ohio River Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA
Alpha House
(412) 363-4220
435 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Detox Center in Pittsburgh
(412) 661-9222
1391 Washington Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
(412) 954-4092
7180 Highland Drive
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 963-7077
1360 Old Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA
Counseling Center in Pittsburgh
(412) 734-9123
10 California Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Salvation Army
(412) 231-0500x231
865 West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Rehab Treatment Center in Pittsburgh
(412) 363-4220
435 Shady Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Family Links Inc
(412) 661-1800
250 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

Tobacco Cessation

A Patient's Guide to Tobacco Cessation


Congratulations! If you are reading this Patient's Guide to Tobacco Cessation, you have taken the first step toward helping yourself (or perhaps a loved one) forge a new path toward health and renewal.

It will come as no surprise to you that tobacco use remains the underlying cause of disease, illness, and even death for many, many people. But did you know that tobacco use is linked with twice as many deaths each year in the United States as AIDS, alcohol and other drug abuse, car accidents, fires, and suicides all combined together.

You will notice the term “tobacco cessation” rather than “smoking cessation.” That's because many people don't smoke, they chew tobacco. This type of tobacco is referred to as spit tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or chewing tobacco. And smoking doesn't just refer to cigarette smokers but also to pipe and cigar smokers.

This guide will help you understand

  • why you should stop smoking or using tobacco products
  • why it is so hard to stop smoking or using tobacco products
  • what treatment options are available

Why should I stop smoking (or using tobacco)?

Smoking and the use of tobacco products are associated with a number of chronic diseases, including chronic pulmonary diseases (COPD), cataracts, and cardiovascular conditions (e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke).

Tobacco use increases the risk of lung cancer and is the single most preventable cause of cancer death. Tobacco use is also linked with cancer in many other parts of the body (e.g., head, neck, throat, bladder, cervix, kidney, pancreas, stomach).

Smoking in particular harms nearly every organ of the body, damaging the smoker's overall health even when it does not cause a specific illness. The 4000 chemical compounds in cigarette smoke make the heart beat faster and harder, narrow blood vessels, and increase blood pressure. Smokers are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, major depression, and suicide and other problem behaviors.

For those who smoke, quitting smoking affects not only your health but also the health of those around you. The adverse effects of second-hand (passive) smoke (also known as environmental tobacco smoke or ETS) have been clearly shown in many studies.

The Surgeon General has concluded that exposure to passive smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory infections, ear problems, asthma, heart disease, and lung cancer in children and other family members who do not smoke but who are exposed to it on a daily basis. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also an occupational hazard in individuals working in bars, restaurants, or other places that are not smoke-free.

But the good news is that individuals who start smoking early in life (i.e., during their teen years and early 20s) but who quit before middle-age can avoid much of the risk of tobacco-related diseases and death. A...

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