Smoking Cessation Specialist

PrimeCare Medicine

Internists located in Silver Spring, MD

Nearly one in five deaths in the United States is due to smoking. Quitting isn’t easy, which is why Anuradha Arun, MD, at PrimeCare Medicine in Silver Springs, Maryland, offers a medically supervised smoking cessation program. If you’re ready to take back your health and say goodbye to cigarettes, call the office or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment today.

Smoking Cessation Q & A

Why is quitting smoking so hard?

Like so many others, you’ve probably tried to quit smoking and failed many times, which may leave you feeling defeated. But it’s not entirely your fault. You may be having a hard time stopping the habit because of your addiction to nicotine, which is a drug naturally found in tobacco.

Nicotine is as addictive as drugs like heroin and alcohol, and may cause withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • An increase in hunger
  • Irritability and anger
  • Difficulty concentrating or thinking
  • Cravings

Most people go back to smoking due to stress, concerns about weight gain, or difficulty managing the withdrawal symptoms caused by nicotine.

What is smoking cessation?

Smoking cessation is a targeted strategy aimed at helping you to stop smoking. Dr. Anuradha Arun can work with you to develop the best strategy that reduces the likelihood that you’ll go back to cigarettes.

What treatments are available to help me stop smoking?

When it comes to quitting, you have many tools that may help. Treatments may include:

  • Individual or group therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Medication
  • Nicotine patches or gum

Dr. Arun can help you with one or all of these treatment options. Medications for smoking cessation are safe and effective and help you quit by reducing your cravings for both smoking and nicotine.

What are the benefits of quitting?

No matter your age or how long you’ve been smoking, you’ll benefit from quitting. Stopping smoking now lowers your risk of:

  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Respiratory diseases, such as emphysema
  • Infertility

If you’re pregnant and quit smoking, it reduces your risk of having a low-birth weight baby.

What if I gain weight?

If weight gain is a concern for you, and one of the reasons you’re putting off quitting, Dr. Arun can help. She offers a comprehensive weight-loss program that includes nutrition counseling, a healthy diet plan based on your food likes, and medication to help control hunger if you need it.

Dr. Arun wants nothing more than for you to live your healthiest life, and she provides you with all the tools you need to get there.

To learn more about the smoking cessation program at PrimeCare Medicine, call the office or book an appointment online today.