Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of death and is a major risk factor for each of the leading chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illness. Smoking Cessation is the most powerful preventative intervention available and there is an abundance of evidence regarding the distinct health benefits associated with quitting. If you’re a smoker, helping you quit is far more important to your health than many other common preventative treatments delivered in primary care settings.
Most smokers want to quit. More than 60% of smokers want to quit, 49% will make at least one attempt to quit each year, but only 4-7% will be successful without assistance. Smokers who try to quit with the help of best practice counselling and cessation medications will experience 2 to 4 times the success with quitting compared to those who try to quit abruptly. Statistics show that healthcare professionals have been better at asking and advising (40%-57%) than at intervening (less than 20%) with patients about smoking.
If you are considering quitting smoking, please ask any one of the staff in our clinic. We are more than happy to help you on that journey.