Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in North America. The risk of premature death due to cigarettes depends on the number of years of smoking, the number of cigarettes smoked per day, the age at which smoking began and the absence or presence of existing disease or illness at the time of stopping. The health benefits from smoking cessation are immediate and substantial. Many factors contribute to the benefits of smoking cessation.
Almost immediately, a person’s circulation begins to improve and the carbon monoxide, a chemical carcinogen found in cigarettes, level in the blood begins to decline. A person’s pulse rate and blood pressure, which are abnormally high while smoking, begin to return to normal. Within a few days of stopping, a person’s sense of taste and smell return and breathing becomes increasingly easier.
Smoking cessation greatly reduces a person’s risk for developing cancer and this benefit increases the longer a person remains “smoke free.” Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and the most significant risk factor for the development of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. The risk for developing lung cancer, and cancer of the pancreas, gradually declines until within 10 years, the risk is 30 to 50 percent below that of a person who continues to smoke.
Smoking Cessation Program Outline
The program consists of 6 sessions over a 4 week period as follows:
- Week One: Initial Visit
- Week Two: Visit 2, 3 and 4
- Week Three: Visit 5
- Week Four: Visit 6
At each visit, you will be seen by a Naturopathic Doctor who may use the following therapies in their treatment program depending on your individual circumstances:
- Herbal Medicine
The program includes the Stop Smoking Supplement package which is used to enhance the treatment results.
As an option, you may wish to incorporate Infrared Sauna therapy into your treatment program to assist in the detoxification process of your body. Infrared Sauna sessions are an ideal addition to any detoxification program.