My dad has bad living habits, he always says cancer has nothing to do with smoking, and he smokes a pack of cigarettes every day, I am worried about him, but I can’t persuade him. What should I do?
1. Nicotine dependence test. To assess whether your father is suffering from tobacco dependence and its severity.
2. Patients with moderate to severe tobacco dependence usually need to rely on specialized cessation treatment, while those with mild to moderate tobacco dependence can be treated first with non-pharmacological treatment.
3. Smoking cessation is not entirely based on willpower. Only less than 3% of tobacco addicts successfully quit smoking based on “willpower” alone. Tobacco dependence is not a behavioral habit but a chronic disease.
4. Don’t assume that just because cigarettes have filters, they can reduce harm. Filters can only reduce the content of tar. After cigarettes are burned, thousands of chemicals and hundreds of harmful substances are still inhaled into the body.
5. Do not try smoking after quitting, even for one puff.
6. Quitting smoking does not lead to obesity. Generally, older smokers gain weight after they stop smoking because the stimulation of the body by various chemicals in tobacco disappears, the condition of the whole body organs gradually improves, and the appetite increases. After strengthening physical exercise and completely quitting smoking, the whole body organs tend to stabilize and will not be obese.
7. When you see people who have smoked all their lives and have not gotten sick, don’t take any chances. As long as smoking harmful substances will enter the body, the longer you smoke, the greater the damage, but each person’s physique is different, while smoking causes all kinds of diseases often have a latent period of several years or even decades, the harm is not immediately visible.
8. If your father has been smoking for years and has developed a “throw the handle after the blade” mentality, you can tell him that smokers can benefit from quitting. It has been shown that after 72 hours of quitting, blood circulation improves, blood pressure returns to normal, and lung function improves; after 6 months of quitting, symptoms such as coughing, nasal congestion, and difficulty breathing will improve; after 1 year of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease from smoking is significantly reduced; after 10 years of quitting, the risk of lung cancer will be reduced by half compared to continuing smokers if you persist longer; after 15 years of quitting, the overall risk of death After 15 years of quitting, the overall risk of death returned to the level of never smokers.
9. You or your family can record the difficulties encountered in the process of smoking cessation and the experience of overcoming difficulties. If you fail to quit smoking many times, you can take your father to the smoking cessation clinic of the general hospital for consultation and follow-up, and let the doctor help analyze the failure of smoking cessation. The cause, the corrective method, and the right medicine.
10. Lifelong smokers have a considerable potential risk of developing not only cancer and lung disease, but also coronary artery disease, stroke, peptic ulcers, osteoporosis, hip fractures, poor circulation in the hands and feet, and in severe cases, gangrene and amputation.
11. For Family members who smoke secondhand smoke for a long time, men may lead to consequences such as lower sperm count, a higher percentage of malformed sperm, genetic damage to sperm, and impotence. For women, it may lead to consequences such as reduced fertility, irregular or no menstrual cycle, early menopause, and increased risk of cervical cancer.
*The opinions in this article should not be used as the basis for medical diagnosis or medication guidance. If you have any discomfort, please go to the hospital for treatment and receive treatment under the guidance of a professional physician.