Smoking Cessation

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

Of the over 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, roughly 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Because tobacco leads to such serious and potentially life-threatening health issues, the highly-skilled team at Pain Solvers provides effective smoking cessation solutions. They offer expert consultations on smoking cessation at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, and dedicated treatment plans at their Pleasant Hill, California office. Start your journey to a tobacco-free life by booking an evaluation online or over the phone today.

Smoking Cessation Q & A

Why is smoking cessation important? 

Smoking cigarettes doesn’t just affect your own health; it affects the health of everyone around you. Quitting the habit is important to lower your risk of:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Esophageal, mouth, and lung cancer (among others)
  • Heart disease and stroke 
  • Kidney disease
  • Infertility 

Smoking leads to a surge of free radicals in your body that attack healthy cells and overpower your immune system. This is why you’re often more susceptible to illnesses, such as pneumonia, when you’re a smoker. Fortunately, you have plenty of solutions available to quit today. 

Which type of smoking cessation treatment do I need?

When you come in to Pain Solvers to meet with your provider for a smoking cessation evaluation, you can expect personalized care that’s tailored to your unique needs and any health concerns you may have. Your provider gets to know you and your smoking habits, so they can customize your smoking cessation treatment plan, which may include:

  • Nicotine patches
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Medications to reduce cravings 
  • Medications to treat underlying issues, such as depression

Your provider may find that by pairing the right medications with personalized lifestyle change recommendations, you’re more likely to succeed at quitting your nicotine habit. But don’t be discouraged if you can’t quit on the first try. Quitting smoking is challenging, and your provider is dedicated to helping you succeed. 

When do smoking cessation treatments start working?

Smoking cessation treatments start working shortly after you begin. You should find that with each passing day, you have a dramatically reduced desire for cigarettes. It may take several weeks or even several months for you to fully kick the habit. But you can expect the support you need throughout every phase of your smoking cessation treatment plan at Pain Solvers. 

Your Pain Solvers provider has you check in regularly. If at any time you feel your treatment plan isn’t effective or if you’re still having nicotine cravings, they can adjust your medications or therapies as needed. 

Book your smoking cessation appointment at Pain Solvers today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member to learn more.