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Smoking Cessation

Soujanya Marupuru, MD

Board Certified Family Physician located in Palm Springs, CA

Quitting smoking can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and lung disease, to name a few. Since nicotine is known to be the most addictive substance in the United States, Soujanya Marupuru, MD, provides effective smoking cessation treatments at her private practice in Palm Springs, California, so you don’t have to quit smoking on your own. Find out more by booking a smoking cessation appointment online or by calling to speak with a team member directly.

Smoking Cessation Q & A

Why is it important to quit smoking?

Cigarette smoke is known to contain a mixture of more than 7,000 chemicals, with about 70 of them linked to cancer. Needless to say, quitting smoking is important for your health, as well as for the health of everyone around you. It’s never too late to quit.

Quitting smoking can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of:

  • Pneumonia
  • Oral cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Frequent infections, like colds and flus
  • Acute myeloid leukemia (blood cancer)
  • Lung disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

It’s also important to quit smoking for fertility purposes. In men, smoking can reduce sperm quality, while in women, smoking can lead to miscarriage or birth defects.

What is smoking cessation?

Because cigarettes and tobacco are known to have countless negative effects on your health, you can get started on personalized medical smoking cessation therapies at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD.

The goal of your smoking cessation plan is to help you quit and to reduce your risk of relapse. Dr. Marupuru may recommend:

  • Using lozenges, gum, sprays, or patches to gradually lower your exposure to nicotine
  • Planning an official “quit” date
  • Taking herbs and supplements
  • Finding alternative habits
  • Making dietary changes
  • Undergoing counseling
  • Getting more exercise

Dr. Marupuru can even prescribe specialized smoking cessation prescription medication, such as varenicline, to minimize the effects of nicotine so it’s not so desirable.

How long does it take to quit smoking?

Quitting smoking doesn’t happen overnight. It’s normal to go through stages of nicotine withdrawal that can include irritability, weight gain, and anxiety. Dr. Marupuru is available to help you through these issues.

The length of your smoking cessation plan depends on your level of dependency and your personal commitment to your treatment plan. It can take you just a few weeks to quit smoking, or several months. In any case, you can expect compassionate care throughout your journey at the office of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, no matter how long it takes.

You can get started on a personalized smoking cessation plan at the practice of Soujanya Marupuru, MD, right away. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone today.

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