When you go to the doctor what's the first question they ask? Do you smoke? That's because tobacco is considered the most important individual health risk in this country. Here's more on a program at the Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls to help you Quit For Good.
By now, surely we all know how bad smoking is for us and yet so many of you are still lighting up and dying from it. 1,000 people a day. 430,000 a year according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. And even though 70 percent of those who smoke say they want to quit they either can't stick to it or don't know how to start.
Deb Murray will help you. The respiratory therapist is in charge of the Quit For Good Tobacco Free Clinic at the Avera Heart Hospital which includes 6 one-on-one sessions tailored specifically for you.
Deb says, "Research has shown that with coaching or counseling it increases your success rate for quitting tobacco. Sitting down with someone telling them this is what happened to me this week, how can I fix this."
As part of the quit clinic, Deb will also do a Spirometry Test on you, a breathing test to check lung capacity.
Deb test me. She says, "OK Nancy here we go. Take a deep breath in. As much air as you can pull in. Now blast it out hard and fast. Keep going, keep going, keep going. And good, deep breath in. Perfect."My first blast to release air was at 80% which Deb says is a good indication that my large airway is in good condition.
Looking at her computer she says, "You took you a long time to blow all the air out. That's down to 59 to 60% for your small airways which isn't great.."
Even though I have never been a smoker, I grew up with one and Deb says that likely attributed to damaging the small airways in my lungs. All the more reason for parents to quit. Deb quit smoking 7 years ago. For 10 years she smoked a pack a day so she knows what her patients are going through.
Deb says, "you know it's nice when I talk to people who are trying to quit because I know what they are going through. I quit a whole bunch of times before it finally clicked with me. I think helping smokers understand what you may go through with with-drawls and head it on upfront. Drink more water, stay busy, there are nicotine replacement products over the counter to help you ease through the withdrawals, you can't take them forever and yes, there is medication but you need to talk to your doctor especially about Chantix. If you can take it, it has shown to be highly beneficial helping you get through with-drawl.
The Quit For Good Program costs a $100. A small price to pay to breathe easier and live longer.
CALL (605) 977-7000 Ask for Deb Murray.