Smoking cigarettes, bidi, or any other tobacco product is hazardous to one’s health as well as for life. Tobacco consists of nearly 7,000 chemicals out of which 69 chemicals are carcinogens, i.e. cancer-causing toxic elements. These toxic elements start rusting the internal organs like the lungs (in the case of cigarette/bidi/hookah) and start erosion of the mouth or teeth (in case of Khaini/soda/gutkha). Tobacco consumption is problematic because it consists of the nicotine which makes the person addicted and urges internal cravings for repeated use. Another problem is the cancerous disease as a result of this. Apart from this, smoking has been reported as the leading cause of heart diseases.
Signs and Symptoms:
People using tobacco products are most likely seems to be hyper, unstable, sensation-seeker, and quite irritable. Other symptoms include:
- Bad breath and yellowing of the teeth
- Persistent cough & shortness of breath
- Anxiety, Irritability & Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating, fatigue & Mood swings
- Having a desire to quit but being unable to do so
How could counseling help me for quit smoking?
- To make the person aware of the toxic elements in tobacco that he/she is consuming.
- To make realize the person about the disadvantages of smoking.
- To make realize the person about the advantages of quit tobacco.
- To help you decide which stop smoking aids to use
- To motivate the person to quit tobacco.
- To educate the person about the plan of quitting tobacco and how to implement it.
- To make sure the person for follow up calls.
What does the Quit smoking Programme Include?
- 1 initial voice call (rapport building, aware of problems that come up while you’re trying to quit)
- 1 chat, video call or call for an assessment of the problem and to build strategies for quit smoking and staying active during your quit, and after.
- 2 voice call for a therapeutic procedure and offer tools to cope with these problems.
- 1 follow-up either call or chat
Therapeutic Approaches For Smoking Cessation
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Nicotine replacement therapy
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Your counseling plan is designed for steady progress, with every phase promptly implemented.
Most frequent questions and answers
It usually depends on the severity of the person’s tobacco consumption, however, it may take from 2 to 5 sessions to completely cease off the smoking.
Yes, it helps but only in case where the person has a strong will-power.
One should expect from the counseling session a positive change in his/her behavior where he/she restrains oneself from hazardous tobacco product and adopt a healthy diet instead of that.
Negative perception that tobacco does not kill, unrealistic optimism that one can not be harmed, excessive use and reuse of tobacco products, and experiencing intense cravings such as headaches, head throbs, heart palpitation, sweating, irritation, or nervousness.
A person should seek professional advice if he –
- is completely stuck in quitting tobacco.
- is experiencing intense cravings.
- has severe side effects on the physical body like shortness of breath, chest pain, symptoms of asthma, or teeth erosion.
- has difficulty in self-quit.
- is experiencing socioemotional conflicts as a result of smoking.
- is experiencing the marked distress in daily life due to smoking.