Smoking Cessation Counseling
Did you know that when you inhale a cigarette your body not only takes in nicotine but also more than 4,000 other chemicals including acetone - which is used in nail polish remover, arsenic – which is used in rat poison, ammonia which is used in toilet cleaners and carbon monoxide -a gas found in the exhaust pipe if cars!*
These chemicals, taken in over time, can damage your heart and lungs. They can lower your immune system making you more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. They can cause skin to wrinkle and age at a greater rate than non smokers and taste and smell receptors to dull.
BUT did you also know that within the first hour of smoking your very last cigarette your body will begin a series of significant healthy changes that will continue for many years.
The Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Services is here to support you in whatever way you choose when you are ready to quit smoking tobacco. We can provide the motivation and the support for you to take the steps to living a tobacco free life!
Whether it’s educational materials you want to use on your own, a referral to a smoking cessation support group or an on line cessation program OR scheduling one to one counseling with a smoking cessation health professional, we are here to meet your needs.
Should you choose one to one counseling our specialist will create a program to meet your needs. Your cessation counselor can work with you step by step from setting a quit date, developing strategies for support, planning for managing nicotine withdrawal, coping with cravings and celebrating with you the new smoke free person you are becoming. For more information, call us at 510 869-8833.
* Source for chemical list: American Lung Association: Health Education Authority (UK)
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