Over one billion people smoke throughout the world, with most of them in low and middle-income countries. There are also smokers in California, and some of them try to stop with the help of medications we provide here at OC Wellness and Specialty Clinic in Orange, CA.

About 8 million people die each year because of smoking. Seven million of them are smokers while the rest are exposed to second-hand smoke. The hazards of smoking are numerous, but luckily, we have some drugs that can help people quit at OC Wellness and Specialty Clinic. They should be taken under the supervision of a physician, though.

Hazards and Complications of Smoking

When the complications of smoking are mentioned, people only think of lung cancer. Smoking is indeed responsible for about 70 percent of all cases of lung cancer, but it has plenty of other complications too.

Tobacco and smoking can cause oral, laryngeal, throat, esophageal, bladder, cervical, kidney, liver, stomach, and pancreatic cancers as well. That’s not to say that cancer is the only complication of smoking.

The risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and hypertension is higher in smokers. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common and affects most smokers in the form of chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

There’s also an increased vulnerability to infections, particularly those of the respiratory tract. Due to the affection of blood vessels, some men suffer from impotence as the blood supply to the penis can be limited.

Drugs for Smoking Cessation

Over-the-counter nicotine replacement patches, gum, and lozenges are available at OC Wellness and Specialty Pharmacy. These don’t need a prescription and can help people quit by slowly getting them off nicotine.

You should consult your doctor before using them if you have diabetes, asthma, hypertension, or other chronic medical conditions. Apart from nicotine replacement, there are prescription drugs that can help people quit.

Varenicline and bupropion are chemicals that are found in separate drugs to help people quit. These drugs don’t have nicotine, and their use should be guided by a doctor.

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