Talk to Your Doctor
Ready to kick your smoking habit for good? Talking with your doctor is an important first step.
Your doctor will provide you with an overall picture of your health before you quit and recommend ways to make quitting easier. Committing to quit is not something you need to go through alone. Your doctor is here to help.
Below are several important questions to discuss with your doctor that will help you commit to quit:
- I have been a smoker for __ years. What difference will it make if I quit now?
- How can prescription or over-the-counter medications help me quit smoking?
- Which medication would you recommend for me? What are the potential side effects?
- What should I do when I feel the urge to smoke?
- How can my family and friends help me on my journey to quit smoking?
- I have tried to quit before and was unsuccessful. What can I do this time to make sure things are different?
- What withdrawal symptoms can I expect?
- Will I gain weight if I quit smoking?
- What risks am I posing to my body and health if I continue smoking?
- How can I prevent a smoking relapse? What happens if I do relapse?
- What is the single best thing I can do to quit smoking?
- Will smoking cessation become easier over time?