5 A's To Quit Tobacco
Here’s a marvelous best-practices schemata of appropriate interplay between a physician and a patient trying to stop smoking.
(A)sk about tobacco use (A)dvise to quit tabacco at every visit (A)ccess willingness to quit at every visit (A)ssist quitting within 2 weeks with pharmacotheraphy (A)rrange follow-up contact in 1st week after quitting
If your physician and you decide to place you on a patch or otherwise medicate you, follow instructions carefully and precisely.
• Practice deep breathing. Part of the euphoria of smoking is nothing more than the physiologic sensations produced by deep inhalations.
• Keep other things in your mouth. Mints and chewing gum (low-calorie) are great. Brushing your teeth also serves many purposes. Drinking water when you want to smoke will often remove the urge.
• Make it past the first day. Then make it past the first week.