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(Contents) Quit Smoking

Introduction

The Basics

Key facts about tobacco, including its history, uses, and effects

What is tobacco?

 What are the different ways in which tobacco is consumed?

What are tar and nicotine?

Diagnosis

Addiction and the signs of nicotine dependence

What is addiction?

How do I know if I am addicted to nicotine?

How long does it take to become addicted to tobacco?

Risk, Prevention, and Epidemiology

The risk factors related to smoking and steps that can be taken to help people quit and to prevent others from starting

If I am addicted to tobacco, will I be predisposed to other addictions?

What are the risks of secondhand or environmental smoke?

How do I talk to my child about smoking?

Treatment

Information on quitting, including various methods like programs and medications

Does insurance pay for any of the smoking cessation programs or products?

How successful are people who quit on their own?

What are some of the medication aids, notably the nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs), to smoking cessation?

Associated Conditions

Address medical consequences of tobacco use

Can you list all of the specific diseases associated with smoking?

How does smoking affect the liver?

Are there any health benefits to tobacco or nicotine?

Special Populations

The use of tobacco by different ethnic groups, genders, and age groups

What are the differences between men and women regarding rates of tobacco use, history of tobacco use, and their health risks?

What are the differences in the rates of tobacco use among different ethnic groups?

What are the differences in the smoking habits at different ages, from children to the elderly?

Surviving

Address concerns about what to expect after quitting

Are there any long-term psychological or emotional symptoms that I should expect long after I stop smoking?

I have so many pleasant memories of smoking. How can I create unpleasant memories about it?

Why do I need to gain support from family, friends, and others to succeed?

 

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