Smoking Cessation

Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine located in Niles, IL

In the United States, cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 480,000 deaths every year. If you’ve tried to quit smoking multiple times without success, you may want to consider medical assistance. At Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC in Niles, Illinois, internal medicine physician Dr. Zhadovich and family physician Alex Kostiv, MD, regularly work with men and women who want to quit smoking and improve their quality of life. To get started, make an appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.

Smoking Cessation Q & A

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or a tobacco pipe can lead to nicotine dependence and serious health problems. 

Nicotine is a drug that’s found naturally in tobacco. Research suggests that more people in the United States are addicted to nicotine than any other substance. In addition, nicotine is more addictive than alcohol, heroin, or cocaine.  

If you’ve tried to quit smoking before, you probably found it difficult. After a day or two, it’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Trouble thinking
  • Irritability
  • Craving tobacco
  • Anger

You might also notice increased hunger and feelings of anxiety. 

How does smoking affect my health?

You might think that smoking looks cool or helps you relax, but it also presents an array of serious health problems. Every time you inhale a drag of cigarette smoke, 7,000 different chemicals enter your bloodstream. Over the years, smoking cigarettes increases your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) 
  • Lung cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Gum disease

Smoking cigarettes also affects your physical appearance. Nicotine prevents oxygen from reaching the surface of your skin, which causes you to prematurely age. It’s common for smokers to experience wrinkles, lines, and noticeable skin folds. 

What are the benefits of quitting smoking?

Although it’s a tough habit to break, people who quit smoking significantly reduce their risk of chronic disease and early death. In fact, clinical studies show that quitting smoking lowers your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, lung disease, infertility, and respiratory problems. 

What smoking prevention services do you offer?

The team at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC offers an array of smoking prevention services including:

Lifestyle counseling

If you’re struggling to quit smoking, let your doctor know. After a physical exam and review of your medical history, your doctor can make recommendations that help ease your cravings. For example, if you don’t exercise regularly, your provider might recommend increasing your physical activity. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help with anxiety and mental clarity. 

Prescription medications

If lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to help you quit smoking, your provider may recommend a prescription nicotine patch, inhaler, or nasal spray. There are also prescriptions on the market that don’t contain nicotine including bupropion SR (Zyban®), varenicline tartrate (Chantix®)

Mental health referral

Smoking is a tough habit to quit. If you continue to struggle, your doctor might refer you to a counselor who specializes in addiction. One on one counseling can provide you with additional tools and skills to help make quitting easier. 

Quitting smoking could save your life. If you’re struggling to do it alone, make an appointment at Kirill Zhadovich, MD, SC by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.