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Smoking Cessation

Smoking is an addictive habit that can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, stroke and cancer. IU Health Primary Care physicians use their expertise to create a personalized, comprehensive quitting plan so that you can live a smoke free life.

The nicotine in cigarettes is an addictive substance. Over time, the body grows dependent on nicotine and will suffer symptoms of withdrawal when it no longer receives nicotine regularly. Withdrawal symptoms may include headaches, irritability, restlessness and difficulty concentrating.

Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges or inhalers may help ease the symptoms of withdrawal, allowing you to slowly wean your body off of the nicotine while stopping the use of harmful tobacco. Some prescription medications can also lessen the symptoms of withdrawal, but should always be used under medical supervision.

Overcoming nicotine addiction is just one facet of quitting. People often use smoking as a chance to relax and cope with stressful situations. Many people who are trying to quit smoking relapse when their level of stress increases. As part of any quitting strategy, you should learn techniques for coping with stress.

You should also identify friends and family members who can support you in your decision to quit. When urges strike, supporters keep you on track. National quitlines also allow you to get free support from others quickly.

Quitting smoking has immediate health benefits that impact not only you but your family, friends and coworkers. In addition, kicking the habit can have financial and social benefits. Overcoming an addiction takes patience, support and a comprehensive plan to tackle the obstacles that arise during the quitting process.

IU Health Primary Care physicians are committed to helping you live your healthiest life. As part of the state’s only nationally ranked health system, our physicians have access to a wealth of resources and experts to assist you in your quitting journey and improve your health in the years after your last cigarette.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Smoking Cessation Treatment Information

Our physicians understand how difficult it is to quit smoking and can provide services to help you succeed, including:

Smoking Cessation Locations & Physicians

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Smoking Cessation Support Services

A variety of online resources are available to assist you on your quitting journey. The following websites provide reliable information on smoking cessation: