?Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States, and is just as addictive as heroin, cocaine or alcohol. It is a chronic condition that often requires repeated interventions, but effective treatment exists.
According to the American Lung Association, smoking contributes to approximately 90 percent oflung cancer? deaths nationwide, making lung cancer the largest cancer killer in the United States, more so that prostate, colon or breast cancer deaths combined.
The fortunate news is that the sooner you stop smoking, the greater you reduce your risk for cancer or other complications. Although the health benefits are greater for individuals who stop at earlier ages, cessation is beneficial at all ages. While quitting smoking is not an easy task and may require multiple attempts, there are many resources available to assist you in your journey towardssmoking cessation.
Some helpful resources include:
Hoag Hospital-Smoke Free information line - 949/764-5511
American Lung Association of California - 714/835-5864
California Smokers’ Helpline -www.nobutts.ucsd.edu
English - 800/NO-BUTTSSpanish - 800/45-NO-FUME / TDD 800/933-4833
Ledford Powell, M.D. is a Thoracic Surgeon located at 24411 Health Center Drive, Suite #630, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, with offices also located in Newport Beach and Irvine. To schedule an appointment, call 949/716-2400.
To learn more about Hoag's Smoking Cessation Program,click here.?