Quit Smoking

This patient is a 37-year-old female that has been smoking since the age of 18. Her mother and father both have smoked as long as she can remember. Recently her father was diagnosed with lung cancer and it event made the effects of smoking very personal.  The patient’s mother has emphysema and gets very short of breath with exertion. Once her father’s diagnosis was confirmed, she became afraid that cancer could occur to her. While at work during her lunch hour, she called her doctor for an appointment in hopes that he could help her quit smoking.


  • Cough and chest congestion
  • Increase in cold and flu viruses
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in your chest



Quitting smoking decreases the risk of lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, and chronic lung disease. Quitting smoking also does the following:

  • Reduces the rate of bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Heart rate and blood pressure decreases
  • Carbon monoxide levels in blood drops to normal
  • Your circulation improves and your lung function increases
  • Coughing and shortness of breath will decrease over time

Symptoms that you may experience while trying to quit smoking are feeling nervous or anxious, being irritable, restlessness, or having headaches. Medications that help you quit are safe, effective and affordable, so talk to your doctor.



First, truly decide that you want to quit smoking and commit to a date to stop. Here are some steps to help you:

  • All of your friends and family should know you plan to quit.
  • Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work place. 
  • Try to prepare for the challenges that will come about while you are in the process of quitting.
  • Always talk to your doctor and get their support and help to safely quit smoking.


Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a healthcare professional. Please contact your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any medical condition.

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