YOUR HEALTH/ Quitting Smoking
Smoking is not only a bad habit; it’s a serious addiction. My father was one of the strongest man I have ever known. I believed he could do anything. But the one thing he could not do was quit smoking. Unfortunately, smoking, as a risk factor for stroke, helped lead to his death.
Today, over 15 million people in the Turkey smoke. The effect of this smoking goes beyond the 15 million. Millions of people are affected through exposure to secondhand smoke.
Smoking and exposure to smoke kills over 65,000 people in the Turkey annually, according to a November 2019 report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Making the decision to quit is one of the most important decisions you can make to improve your health
Smoking is responsible for an estimated ₺27 billion (aprox $311 million) in public healthcare costs. The most important step you can take is to talk to your doctor about your problem and find out how to quit . When talking to your doctor, make sure to:
- Tell the doctor about your previous attempts of quitting. Your doctor may not be aware of your previous attempts. Doctors know that most people aren’t successful at at the beginning. (The average smoker tries to quit 6-9 times in a lifetime.)
- Mention approaches or treatments that you’ve tried previously and what you liked or didn’t like about them.
- Ask about different types of treatment or approaches that could work. Adding counseling to any treatment prescribed by the doctor is a good way of increasing your likelihood of success.