Smoking Cessation Overview
Smoking is still an epidemic in the United States
More than 15% of the US population are smokers. That’s an estimated 37.8 million people.1
Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.2
“A cigarette is the only consumer product which when used as directed kills its consumer.”
- Dr Gro Brundtland, MDFormer prime minister of Norway and former director general of the World Health Organization
Smoking cessation is difficult
Patients are fighting both physical and psychological addiction
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms
The common nicotine withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking include4,5:
- Depressed mood
- Poor concentration
It may take 10 or more attempts for a patient to successfully quit smoking.5
Reinforce the commitment to quitting cigarettes.
Remind patients of their reasons for quitting.