Smoking is very common amongst most students even in high school around the word. Students say in survey that they find this activity stress relieving and they enjoy the social aspect. Engaging in it at a very young age poses increased danger for their health and may lead to and even earlier death. The reason for the importance of smoking cessation is to help them realize how important their lives are and enable them to avoid health risks by quitting before the habit becomes ingrained.
The website, www.smokingstatistics.org, claimed that smoking is the number one reason for early deaths in America. A San Diego school has begun a program to help students quit smoking. They provide students with health services and smoking cessation programs in and out of school. Dr. Hugh Mast of Palomar Heath Services used to be an early smoker. However, after one summer of when he was 13, he quit smoking as he realized it made him ill. Today, he helps other young smokers do the same.
One cigarette usually contains about 4,000 chemicals and 40 carcinogens. Some students still indulge in smoking these chemicals without full comprehending but others are really becoming aware of the dangers and they begin seeking help quite quickly. Dr. Hugh noticed that no students had registered for the smoking cessation program in the first semester; however a smoking ban on campus led two dozen students to seek help on how to quit; and so begins the program.
The smoking cessation program includes advice on ways to solve the smoking habit. It is based upon the smoking history of the student and a physical exam to ensure that no serious damage has been done. Nicotine gum is one suggestion which is popularly used, but doctors decide upon what is best for the student based on evaluation. Chantix* and nicotine patches are also popular forms of smoking cessation. Some students do not find smoking cessations affordable and hence do not use them. However, some companies are offering free smoking cessation to help in the program.
Palomar Health Services is also responsible for monitoring students who have decided to quit smoking. Consultations are conducted on a regular basis including the first week of the process and then two sessions every month. Callers to California’s Smoker Helpline (1-800-No-Butts), are given free counseling and advice. The calls last for duration of 30 minutes and a quit date is set for the smoker. Follow up calls are made to test the progress of the smoker.
Students must use their motivation, determination, and will power to quit. Be wise and quit smoking now!
*Chantix is a highly effective smoking cessation except for effects like nausea, depression, and mood changes. It may not be suitable for all people. Doctors should be consulted before use of any medication.