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It is estimated that 80% to 90% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases are caused by smoking. If you suffer from COPD and are still smoking, the only way to slow the progress of your disease is to quit smoking. Regardless of your age and the number of years you have been a smoker, it’s never too late to butt out for good.
Quitting smoking is not easy! Your pharmacist has an array of resources to help you quit. He or she may recommend nicotine substitutes to help you beat your nicotine craving (patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, or inhalers). Depending on your smoking habit and lifestyle, your pharmacist will determine, together with you, the type of product and dose you need.
Your doctor may even give you a prescription for medication. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
If you’ve tried to quit in the past, your pharmacist can help you determine which strategies worked for you and which obstacles led you to light up again. By identifying your strong and weak points, you’ll be able to develop a more effective strategy and increase your odds of success the next time around.
Your pharmacist is a readily accessible professional who takes your health to heart. He or she can answer any questions you have and be there for you throughout the entire smoking cessation process. Quitting smoking is a challenge, but it’s also the best thing you can do to improve your quality of life.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.