Many doctors and health professionals recommend not smoking, but they can’t tell you why.
A doctor or other health professional might make the wrong recommendation if they say “don’t smoke” for health reasons or to protect someone’s health.
If someone is asking you what you’re doing, it’s best to keep the advice to yourself. If you know that you’ll talk about the topic, make sure you have a good reason.
You might say, “I was diagnosed with lung cancer and I quit smoking to avoid the risk of lung cancer returning.”
If you’re concerned about the effects of secondhand smoke, talk to your doctor or other health professional about quitting.
You might try to find a doctor who specializes in quitting smoking, or a specialist can help you prepare for your next visit.
You might also ask your doctor about the latest research on how to quit smoking.
“You might find that you have an easier time quitting smoking than you thought,” said Dr. David Heber, a lung specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“You can find some tips for quitting with the American Lung Association and a free quit smoking program called Quit Smoking Now.
You might have some success quitting, but you may need to try several times.
You can also talk to someone about stopping smoking if you notice any symptoms.
For example, if you notice your breath smells bad, it could be a sign that you’ve smoked too much.
You should discuss the issue with your doctor, who can help you find the best way to quit.
If you’re already taking medication to treat a chronic condition, you might ask your doctor about quitting smoking while your medication is working.
If you smoke, you might need to try to stop or at least cut back.
Tips for quitting
If you’re ready to quit, there are some things you can do to help you quit, including:
- Talking to your doctor
- Learning about and taking steps to quit smoking
- Getting support from friends or family
- Taking medicine to help you stop taking nicotine
- Making healthy lifestyle changes
If you’re ready to quit, you can discuss it with your doctor. Your doctor will take into account any other health conditions you have and the medications you’re taking.
Your doctor might also ask you to see a therapist. This is a trained professional who can help you to quit smoking.
Your doctor might work with you to help you create a plan for quitting, including:
- What you’ll do to quit
- What you can do to help yourself to stay quit
- Tips for making the transition
Talk to your doctor, or a nurse or other health professional, if you have any questions.
The American Lung Association has a free quit smoking program that can help you quit. They also have a directory of local support groups that can help you quit.
You can also try free phone coaching. It’s available to people who have tried to quit smoking but were unsuccessful.
You can find local support groups in your area by searching for your zip code on the American Lung Association website.
You might also want to try the American Lung Association’s free program, Stop Smoking Now.
Quitting smoking is easy, but it’s important to stick to your plan.
Quitting smoking once might be easier than trying to quit several times.
If you’re able to stop smoking, you’ll be at lower risk of getting lung cancer or other diseases that cause cancer, like heart disease and stroke.
Quitting smoking isn’t the only way to lower your risk of these diseases. Other health professionals can help you understand your risk.
How to talk to someone about quitting smoking?
Your doctor or other health professional can help you understand the risks of continuing to smoke. They can also help you understand all of the ways that smoking can affect your health.
If you’re ready to quit smoking, your doctor can recommend ways to help you do it. They can also help you adjust to your new lifestyle.
Your doctor might ask you to quit smoking in a group or with your family or friends.
Your doctor can also help you adjust to the changes that quitting smoking will cause. For example, they might recommend that you:
- Stop using any devices that might tempt you to smoke.
- Reduce or stop drinking alcohol, if you drink.
- Cut down or quit on the weekends.
- Reduce your stress.
Your doctor can also help you learn how to take care of your health during your recovery.
After you quit smoking, talk to your doctor about how you can best manage your health.
What about secondhand smoke?
You’re more at risk of breathing in secondhand smoke. This is the same smoke that gets exhaled from someone else’s cigarettes.
Secondhand smoke can also cause cancer. It can also make you more likely to develop heart disease and lung disease.
It’s important to know that it’s possible to have just one cigarette even if you’re around someone who’s smoking.
Quitting secondhand smoke is important, but it’s not always easy. You might find that it’s easier to quit smoking if you smoke at home.
If you do this, make sure that you have a safe place to smoke, such as an area that’s not far from your bed, or in a room that’s not too noisy.
It’s also important to find a way to deal with your stress and anxiety. You might want to try:
- Relaxation or meditation
- Talk to a therapist
- Go for a walk or ride a bike
- Practice deep breathing
- Try deep breathing exercises
- Talk to a friend or family member
- Get support from a support group
You might also want to talk to your doctor or other health professional about whether you should quit smoking.
You can also try the Stop Smoking Toolbox to help you quit smoking.
If you smoke, you might find that you get stuck on a decision. Sometimes it’s not possible to quit until you’ve tried several times.
If you’re still interested in quitting, you can talk to your doctor or another health professional. They can help you make a plan to quit.
What are the symptoms of quitting smoking?
The symptoms of quitting smoking can vary from person to person.
Some people have mild symptoms that go away after a few weeks or months. Other people might need more time to adjust.
You might also notice a change in your body, such as:
- Skin irritation
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
- Feeling less tired
- A weakened immune system
- Increased ability to taste food
- A change in bowel movements
- Increased interest in food
These symptoms might get better if you don’t smoke.
Symptoms of lung cancer
Smoking can also cause lung cancer.
If you smoke, you’re more likely to develop lung cancer than people who don’t smoke.
Smoking also increases your risk of other diseases that cause cancer.
The symptoms of lung cancer include:
- A cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks
- Aspirations of blood
- Coughing up blood
- Coughing up blood that’s not expectorate
- Coughing up phlegm, which looks like green or yellow mucus
- Chest pain
- Persistent, severe cough
- Persistent, severe chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing and other sounds in your chest
- Trouble breathing
If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor.
How to quit smoking?
Quitting smoking is hard. It’s not easy to quit even if you’re ready to quit. Quitting smoking is going to take time.
Quitting smoking is different from quitting other health conditions. You can’t just quit one health condition. You also have to quit other health conditions, too.
Smoking is a habit, so it’s going to take time to break that habit.
The American Lung Association offers free resources to help you quit smoking.
The Stop Smoking Toolbox is a self-help guide that you can read and use to help you quit.
It’s also a good idea to talk to a doctor or other health professional to help you quit. They can help you learn all about the best ways to quit smoking and learn how to deal with any health problems that you might have while you’re quitting.
The American Lung Association also has a list of resources to help you quit smoking. They can also help you keep track of your progress.
When to see a doctor about quitting smoking?
If you smoke, you should see a doctor or other health professional to help you quit. See a doctor if you have any of the symptoms of lung cancer.
The bottom line
Smoking is a significant cause of lung cancer.
There’s no cure for lung cancer, but it can be treated and even cured.
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