Attention Smokers: this is a place to assist you in controlling the urge to light up. The health effects of smoking have been well established and popularized by the following messages on cigarette packages:
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and May Complicate Pregnancy.
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Smoking by Pregnant Women May Result in Fetal Injury, Premature Birth, and Low Birth Weight.
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Cigarette Smoke Contains Carbon Monoxide.
It is the last warning that has the greatest effect for cosmetic patients. Since carbon monoxide binds to red blood cells tighter than oxygen, it reduces your bodys ability to deliver oxygen to the tissues. The effect is to prematurely age your skin, slow the healing process, and decrease the quality of your surgical result.
In order to quit smoking you are faced with overcoming both a personal habit and a physical addiction to nicotine. In most cases, this is no small task and requires a strong commitment to stop. My mother quit smoking decades ago, but she still reports that the urge to smoke occurs on a daily basis. Brandy, one of my office secretaries, found the motivation to quit smoking after attending the “BodyWorlds” international exhibit that included lung specimens of smokers compared to non-smokers.
If you choose to stop smoking, understand that we are here to assist and support you with your goal. I wish you the best and hope you find the following links helpful.
- American Lung Association | Quit Smoking Action Plan
- Center for Disease Control and Preventions page on quiting smoking
- American Cancer Society’s Quitting Smoking Guide
- WebMDs guide to smoking cessation
- Stop Smoking | Online Support community
- The Foundation for a Smokefree America
- Smoking and Thyroid Disease