Stop Smoking Program
Break the Chain™ Stop Smoking Program is an individualized course of treatment, proven to help you or those you care about quit smoking for good. Through weekly one-on-one meetings with a physician or team of physicians, a specific treatment plan is developed to meet your individual needs. This may include a combination of medications and behavior modification designed to maximize your chance of quitting permanently.
If you’ve tried to stop smoking before and failed, it may be that you’re among the 70% of smokers addicted to nicotine, the substance in smoke that “hooks” tobacco users. Nicotine affects your brain in much the same way as addictive drugs such as alcohol, cocaine and even heroin. Break the Chain™ offers a way out of this destructive cycle to help you live your life free from the dangers and restrictions tobacco use imposes.
A Step-by-Step Process To Stop Smoking
Step 1: Meet with Florida Hospital doctors to discuss your past attempts to quit, your frustrations about not quitting and to set a quit date.
Step 2: Gradually decrease the amount of nicotine you take in using techniques such as switching to cigarette brands with lower nicotine content. This stair-step approach will help you assert your control over this addiction.
Step 3: A week before your quit date, you may be placed on maintenance medications. After your quit date your doctor may give you nicotine replacement according to your individualized plan.
Step 4: After your quit date, you’ll have short, follow-up meetings. These are instrumental in preventing relapse.
Most health insurance plans will cover the cost for Break the Chain™ while you pay your regular office co-pay for each visit. The program is offered at:
Centre for Family Medicine
133 Benmore Drive, Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32792
Family Health Center East Orlando
7975 Lake Underhill Road, Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32822
Why You Should Stop Smoking
- Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body
- Nearly one of every five deaths is related to smoking
- Smoking accounts for at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths
- About 87 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking
- Smokers have a two to three times greater risk of developing cataracts, the leading cause of blindness
- Every year, about 30,000 non-smokers die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke
These statistics are provided by the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control.
How You Benefit When You Stop Smoking
- Breathe easier
- Improve overall physical performance
- Protect your vision
- Prevent skin damage
- Reverse lung damage
- Save money
- Reduce the effects of second-hand smoke
- Reduce the fire hazards associated with smoking