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Published on November 15, 2017

Time to Quit: Smoking and Tobacco Cessation


Smoking significantly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, as well as diabetes, heart failure, other forms of cancer and several other serious medical problems. For those who smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health.

At Cone Health, we want to give participants a variety of tools to help them quit, since different tools can work for different people. Some tools include:

  • a realistic cigarette substitute that you can hold
  • relaxation CDs to listen to
  • a book full of other ideas and encouragement

Tobacco-proofing your home and life is also an important step to help you quit smoking. This could include getting rid of all lighters, ash trays, or other smoking paraphernalia, and avoiding situations or scenarios in which you normally smoke.

Cone Health offers a program called QuitSmart to help you quit smoking permanently. The QuitSmart Program uses a “warm chicken” approach instead of encouraging people to quit “cold turkey”. Rather than quitting smoking all at once, the warm chicken approach slowly weans your body off of nicotine by switching to cigarette brands with less and less nicotine. The success of this program is based on the support individuals find in each other. You are not alone in your efforts to quit smoking and others going through the same thing are there to help you, encourage you and keep you accountable.

Bethany Murray, occupational therapist and a certified QuitSmart facilitator with Cone Health's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Reidsville, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about quitting smoking.

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