It’s Never too Late to Quit Smoking

By Wen Soon 

Through the Great American Smokeout, the third Thursday of November, smokers try to avoid using tobacco products for one day in hopes of quitting one day. Quitting is hard, and this is Marc’s story.

Meet Marc*

At 13, Marc smoked because – after watching his grandfather smoke – he was curious about what it felt like. After a while, he became addicted, smoking more than a pack a day. Marc felt that smoking satisfied his body’s craving for nicotine and also gave him an opportunity to socialize with other people. During smoke breaks, he used the time to get to know other people, including co-workers.

One day, his father admitted to smoking before Marc was born. He quit, though, on the day Marc was born because he knew it would be the best thing for his family. His father was not happy that Marc started smoking because of how addictive tobacco is. After hearing that story, Marc decided to quit for his dad like his dad quit for him.

Many smokers attempt to quit numerous times. Marc tried to quit at least ten times, including three major attempts. The first time he tried to quit cold turkey, he threw away everything in the household that reminded him of smoking such as lighters and ashtrays, but a couple of days later he was smoking again. He learned that next time he would need to do something about his tendency to smoke while driving, as this was a regular routine for him.

For his second quit attempt, he tried medical support, using Zyban, a medication that helped him stay smoke-free for a month. However, he started reducing the medication too early and ended up smoking again. For his third and final time, Marc used Zyban again, stayed on the medication longer, and – after nine years of smoking – was finally able to quit for good. Marc is glad to be free from tobacco but every once in a while, he dreams of smoking and wakes up feeling guilty about starting up again.

Quitting “will be the best thing you have ever done for yourself. There is nothing better for your health,” Marc said. Don’t underestimate the challenge of quitting, he said. Also, match the effort with the challenge and it will work for you.

Marc enjoys scuba diving and now notices how much easier it is to breathe. Since quitting, he has taken up running again and is happy that he no longer needs to find a way outside of airports to smoke during layovers.

We can help you quit! What resources are out there?

Tri-City Health Center offers FREE counseling sessions to help people quit tobacco and/or vaping at the right speed. We don’t pressure patients to quit right away, instead we help create a plan to be prepared when they are ready to quit. Also, we will lend support all along the way.

For those ready to quit, we offer different methods of quitting, and prepare to address the various challenges when quitting. Each patient will discover new routines and habits that work to replace tobacco use in their daily life.

Tri-City Health Center’s providers can also prescribe medication, such as Zyban (which worked for Marc), Chantix, which is another effective medication, or nicotine replacement medication such as the patch or gum that can help with nicotine withdrawal.

Combining counseling and medical support can triple the chances of quitting tobacco use for good!

To schedule your session today, call or email us:

Brian Davis: (510) 456-3520 | bdavis@tri-cityhealth.org
Wen Soon: (510) 456-3521 | wsoon1@tri-cityhealth.org

*Disclaimer. Marc is an employee of Tri-City Health Center.