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National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence, Maryland Chapter
410/625-6482
28 East Ostend St #303
Baltimore, MD
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Drug and Alcohol Information/Referral Services, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
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Crossroads Centers
(410) 654-5551
2622 Lord Baltimore Drive
Baltimore, MD
 
Northwest Baltimore Youth Services Inc
(410) 578-8100x223
3319 West Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, MD
 
ADAPT Cares
(410) 383-4995
3101 Towanda Avenue
Baltimore, MD
 
Baltimore Cares Inc
(410) 233-3111
2300 Garrison Boulevard
Baltimore, MD
 
Eastern Aveune Health Solutions Inc
(401) 631-2772
5920 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD
 
Gaudenzia Inc
(410) 367-5551x210
3643 Woodland Avenue
Baltimore, MD
 
Bon Secours Balt Hlth Systems Next
(410) 728-8901
2901 Druid Park Drive
Baltimore, MD
 
Jewish Community Services
(410) 466-9200
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD
 
Rehab Treatment Center in Baltimore
(410) 233-0684
730 N Ashburton St
Baltimore, MD
 
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Tobacco Cessation

A Patient's Guide to Tobacco Cessation

Introduction

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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