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AP Health

Family Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

About 34.3 million American adults and 4.9 million junior high and high school students currently smoke cigarettes. If you’re struggling with smoking, you might just need a little help to beat the habit once and for all. The compassionate and supportive team at AP Health in Clifton, New Jersey, offers counseling for smoking and all your other health needs. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book your appointment now.

Counseling Q & A

What are the health risks of smoking?

Cigarette smoking comes with some very serious risks. As a smoker, your risk for developing health problems such as:

Respiratory disease

Respiratory diseases caused by cigarette smoking can include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and lung cancer. 

Cardiovascular disease

Smoking can do severe damage to your heart, causing heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries).

Although respiratory and cardiovascular diseases are the most common types of damage from cigarette smoking, they’re far from being the only risks. Smoking can damage your larynx, throat, liver, kidney, stomach, and pancreas and cause many other types of damage nearly anywhere in your whole body. 

Why am I struggling to quit smoking?

Nicotine is an addictive substance, which is the main reason why it’s so hard to quit. Smoking gives you a dose of dopamine, your brain’s natural feel-good neurotransmitter. When you stop smoking, your body craves the dopamine release it can get from a cigarette. 

But, of course, other factors besides addictiveness come into play. The easy accessibility to cigarettes can contribute. You might be doing really well, abstaining from smoking for days or weeks, and then have a rough day. It’s very easy to walk into nearly any store and buy a pack of cigarettes. 

Many smokers also find it hard to quit smoking because they’ve learned to rely on cigarettes for stress relief, or as a distraction when they’re bored. There are many different reasons that you might find it hard to quit smoking, and that’s why personalized counseling is so important when you’re quitting for good.

How does counseling to quit smoking work? 

Your doctor at AP Health can tailor counseling for your needs. You might need physical and emotional help to get through the transition, so your physician is ready to help with medically proven solutions. 

Often, behavioral modification can play a big role in stopping smoking and, in fact, in stopping any addictive behavior. You can work with your doctor to leave cigarettes behind and regain your health.

To get the best in counseling for smoking cessation, call the AP Health office or use the online appointment scheduler to arrange your consultation today.