The tobacco landscape is very different from what it was decades ago. Aside from cigarettes, there are now alternatives like smokeless and electronic tobacco products. But no matter the product, your patients should know that using any form of tobacco has risks.
One of the first steps toward quitting is becoming familiar with the facts about how much smoking negatively affects you and those around you. Here are some facts you can share with your patients to drive that fact home:
· Lung cancer: Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer.
· Heart disease: Smokers are two to four times more likely than nonsmokers to develop heart disease.
· Stroke: Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower.
Tobacco cessation benefits are available to those seeking to quit use of all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes. As a Provider, you should inform patients about available resources through AvMed’s smoking cessation kit. The kit features a variety of tools and sites that can help your patients kick the habit.
If your patients are interested in a kit, they can call the number on the back of their AvMed Member ID Card. They can also visit this AvMed page for a list of statewide resources.