It’s extremely unfortunate, but every year otolaryngologists see more and more patients who thought they could exchange their cigarettes for smokeless tobacco. There’s a common misconception that using smokeless tobacco (aka chewing tobacco, or chew) is less dangerous than smoking cigarettes. This is 100% wrong, and this misconception is leading to the alarming rise of cancer in the mouth, the pharynx, and the salivary glands.
We can treat these cancers here at the NY Sinus Center. We have fellowship-trained head-and-neck surgeons on our staff, and can refer you to a number of specialists to help you obtain comprehensive care. But, frankly, we’d rather see you quit smoking…without turning to smokeless tobacco. Quit today by:
- Setting a definite quit date
- Designing a personal plan to help keep yourself motivated
- Chewing gum, candy, and carrot sticks—no joke, it works
- Tell everyone you know that you’re quitting—social pressure helps
- Drinking LOTS and LOTS of water
- Reminding yourself that the physical withdrawal only lasts 72 hours
- When cravings get bad, wait just 5 minutes before you reach for tobacco. Go for a run, or a walk, or do anything you can think of to get your heart rate up
- Brush your teeth immediately after eating. This one thing can make a huge difference in quitting smoking
- Staying away from triggers such as alcohol and other smokers
- Reducing your overall stress level for the first week—ask your spouse or partner to take it easy on you, avoid your boss, and send the kids on a nice trip to Abu Dhabi
- Coming to see us—we’ll motivate you!
In other words, do what you need to do to quit…without reaching for the chew. Stay healthy, and contact us with any questions. We’re here for you NY Sinus Center.
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