NUHS Whole Health Centers Offer Smokers Support in Their Quest to Quit
The chiropractic physicians at National University of Health Sciences Whole Health Centers are joining other DCs nationwide in providing key support to patients who are trying to quit smoking. The effort, launched by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is part of the organization’s participation in National Public Health Week (NPHW), observed during the first week in April.
For more than 100 years, the chiropractic profession has promoted the value of prevention as a key component of health and wellness. DCs routinely serve as “health coaches” to their patients–which includes helping them to quit smoking.
According to the Surgeon General, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death, killing an estimated 443,000 Americans each year. The ACA offers the following advice to anyone who wants to quit:
- Make a serious mental commitment to quitting.
- Set a quit date.
- Get rid of all cigarettes and smoking accessories (such as ashtrays) in your home, car, and other places where you might be tempted to smoke.
- Do not let people smoke in your home.
- Get support and encouragement from family, friends, co-workers and former smokers and consider joining a former smokers’ support group.
- When tempted, perform tasks that could help distract you: go for a walk, brush your teeth, exercise, or take a bath.
“Most smokers must kick the habit more than once to finally quit. If you are unsuccessful the first or second time, try again. Don’t see the initial attempts as failures, but as opportunities to learn what doesn’t work,” said ACA President Dr. Keith Overland. “With commitment and perseverance, you will succeed. Your family, friends and most of all, your body will thank you.”
In addition, chiropractic physicians at NUHS Whole Health Centers can provide a lifestyle assessment, health screening, dietary and nutritional support, stress management, and other tools that can help smokers improve their odds of successfully quitting.
If you smoke, or have a friend or loved one who smokes, why not call the NUHS Whole Health Centers and explore how we can help in the journey to smoke-free living?