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Cigars and Smokeless Tobacco - Tips for Quitting - Smoking Cessation Aids

It's never too late to quit using tobacco, even if you've been doing it for 20 or 30 years. Quitting smoking or chewing tobacco is the most important thing you can do to improve your own health and the health of those around you. Quitting is not easy. If you have already tried to quit, you know how difficult it is. But don't give up--with the right attitude and enough help, you will eventually succeed.

Tobacco use increases your risk for many health problems, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Your tobacco use also puts others at risk. Children who are exposed to cigarette smoke in the home have more ear infections and are prone to other health problems such as asthma. Perhaps the greatest risk to your children is that they will learn from you. Children whose parents use tobacco are more likely to use tobacco themselves.

When you stop using tobacco, it doesn't take long for your body to start to heal and for your risk of developing other health problems to decrease.

Cigars and Smokeless Tobacco

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Cigars have become popular in recent years. Many people who smoke cigars feel it is safe because they do not inhale the cigar smoke. However, holding cigars and cigar smoke in your mouth increases your risk for cancers of the mouth, tongue, throat, and larynx.

Smokeless tobacco, or snuff, can be chewed, inhaled, or held in your cheek. There is a direct link between using these products and developing mouth and throat cancer.

Facts you should know about cigars and smokeless tobacco:

Tips for Quitting

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No one can tell you when or how to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Only you know why you use tobacco and what will be most difficult as you try to stop. The important thing is that you try. Believe that you will succeed, if not the first time, then the second time, or twenty-second time.


    Good luck!

    Smoking Cessation Aids

    Nicotine replacement products can help you break the habit of using tobacco and prevent nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The products deliver nicotine to the bloodstream without the dangerous tars, carbon monoxide, and other chemicals released by tobacco and smoke. You gradually reduce the amount of nicotine you give yourself until your body is no longer dependent on nicotine.

    Nicotine replacement treatment comes in 4 forms: chewing gum, skin patches, nasal spray, and inhaler.

    All nicotine replacement products can cause side effects. You may need to try more than one product before you find the one that works best for you.

    Using a nicotine replacement product works best if you also enroll in a tobacco cessation program. Such programs help you deal with the habit of smoking or chewing tobacco, while the replacement product helps you overcome your addiction to nicotine.

    A medication that does not contain nicotine is now available to help control irritability and cravings when you quit using tobacco. The medication is available only with a doctor's prescription. First try to stop using tobacco without the medication. Many people succeed without it.