ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- Yesterday was “National Kick Butts Day”, a day where smokers around the country are encouraged to quit smoking. But what is the most effective method when quitting?
A Pulmonologist with SSM Health at Depaul Hospital, Dr. Mary Polk, came by the Fox 2 studio to discuss what does and doesn’t work when quitting smoking, as well as the most effective strategies.
Notes from the study include:
-Regardless of method, deciding to quit smoking is the most important thing
-Risk of cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases decrease
-The study found quitting ‘cold turkey,’ as the best method, but even those patients used nicotine replacements
-Nicotine is the chemical in cigarettes that makes you addicted to smoking. When your body doesn’t get nicotine, you may feel uncomfortable and crave cigarettes as you go through withdrawal.
-Even though the more cold turkey method came out on top in the study, the quit rates for both methods were still quite good
-Bottom line, use any method you can to stop smoking. It isn`t easy and nicotine gum, nicotine patches, behavioral counseling, support groups and quit lines are all helpful tools
-If you want to talk to a quit smoking counselor right away, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW