encouragement

Patient Handout: Reasons for Quitting Smokeless Tobacco

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This patient handout gives reasons for quitting smokeless tobacco (e.g., improve appearance, improve sports performance, improve health, and more money).

If You Quit

  • You'll be more attractive:

    • you won't be spitting all the time
    • your face won't be disfigured by a bulge of tobacco
    • your breath won't smell of stale tobacco
    • your kisses won't taste of tobacco
    • your teeth won't have tobacco stains
  • You'll be free of a powerful addiction and more in control of yourself.

  • You'll have more money to spend on other things.

  • You'll lower your risk for health problems associated with smokeless tobacco:

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Youth tobacco prevention information from the CDC. Educational resources include: fact sheets on tobacco use, Surgeon General's Report Materials, DVDs and videos, posters, guides, and surveys. There is also information on celebrities against smoking, and the tobacco-free sports initiative.
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CDC
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Information on the risks of secondhand smoke, where it's a problem, and what can be done about it.
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American Cancer Society
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SOS is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. SOS takes a reasonable, secular approach to recovery and maintains that sobriety is a separate issue from religion or spirituality (From their Website).
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Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
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Women For Sobriety, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions (From their Website).
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Women For Sobriety, Inc
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SMART Recovery® is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. SMART Recovery® helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities (From their Website).
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SMART Recovery
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Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September. The Recovery Month Website aims to promote the societal benefits of alcohol and drug use disorder treatment, laud the contributions of treatment providers, and promote the message that recovery from alcohol and drug disorders in all its forms is possible (From their Website).
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National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month
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Provide Social Support

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A supportive clinical environment is effective in helping patients quit smoking. Encouragement and support from clinical staff is crucial. This resource details supportive treatment and examples.

A supportive clinical environment is effective in helping patients quit smoking. Encouragement and support from clinical staff is crucial.


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Patient Handout: Health Changes Once You Quit Smoking

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Handout describes the lasting health improvements that result from quitting smoking.

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette:

  • Blood pressure drops to what it was before your last cigarette
  • Temperature of hands and feet rises to normal

Within 8 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Carbon monoxide level drops to normal

Within 24 hours of your last cigarette:

  • Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months of your last cigarette:

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