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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation services offered in Frisco, TX

If you’re one of the more than 30 million Americans who smoke, consider enrolling in smoking cessation. Quitting your habit now can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and improve your quality of life in the years to come. At Signature Internal Medicine, concierge internal medicine specialists Humera Ahmed, MD, and Dina Diehl, DO, provide smoking cessation services to patients ages 18 and older. To make an appointment, call the office in Frisco, Texas, or book online today. 

Smoking Cessation Q & A

What is smoking cessation?

Smoking cessation uses a combination of prescription medication, healthy lifestyle changes, and counseling to help you quit smoking once and for all. If you smoke cigarettes or cigars and you’ve tried quitting on your own without luck, smoking cessation can help you stay on track and reduce the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Why should I consider smoking cessation?

Smoking isn’t just a habit that makes your clothes smell. If you don’t take steps to quit now, you’re more likely to experience health problems like heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer.

Smoking cessation can also:

  • Reduce your risk of premature death
  • Add up to 10 years to your lifespan
  • Reduce the risk of pregnancy-related complications
  • Reduce the financial burden that smoking causes

If you’re a smoker and want to break the habit, Signature Internal Medicine can help.

What happens during a smoking cessation visit?

Signature Internal Medicine provides smoking cessation on-site.

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your habit, including the type of products you smoke, how often you smoke, and if you’ve noticed any health problems, like wheezing, coughing, or difficulty breathing. Make sure to answer your provider’s questions honestly. They aren’t there to judge you, but your answers help guide treatment.

Next, your provider conducts a physical exam. They might also order breath tests, like spirometry, to assess your lung function.

After gathering the necessary information, your provider develops a custom smoking cessation treatment plan.

What does smoking cessation involve?

At Signature Internal Medicine, no two smoking cessation treatment plans are exactly alike. After a physical exam and a discussion of your lifestyle and habits, your provider might recommend:

  • Nicotine replacement therapy (with patches, pills, or gum)
  • Smoking cessation medication
  • Hypnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation

If these treatments don’t help you break the habit, your provider might recommend counseling. They can refer you to a nearby psychologist or psychiatrist.

How long does smoking cessation take?

The time that smoking cessation takes depends on several factors, including how often and what you smoke. Some people experience a reduction in nicotine cravings within a few weeks, but it typically takes an average of at least three months.*

To learn more about the benefits of smoking cessation, make an appointment at Signature Internal Medicine by calling the office or booking online today. 

*Individual results may vary.