Smoking Cessation and Reduction

At CoreMed Plus, we understand the many negative health effects of smoking, including lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory issues. That’s why we offer various services to help individuals quit smoking and improve their overall health and quality of life.

Our experienced healthcare providers work with each patient to develop a personalized smoking cessation plan considering their unique needs, goals, and medical history. We use evidence-based strategies and the latest techniques to help patients overcome nicotine addiction and quit smoking.

Whether you’re a heavy smoker or a casual smoker, quitting smoking can be a difficult process, both physically and emotionally. At CoreMed Plus, we provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the smoking cessation journey, helping patients overcome withdrawal symptoms and manage cravings effectively.

We also understand that smoking cessation is not a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why we offer a range of smoking cessation options, including nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medication, and behavioral counseling. Our healthcare providers work closely with patients to determine the best approach for their needs and preferences.

In addition to smoking cessation, we also provide ongoing support and monitoring to help patients maintain their success in quitting smoking. We offer regular check-ups and counseling sessions to ensure that patients remain smoke-free and enjoy the many health benefits of a smoke-free lifestyle.

At CoreMed Plus, we are committed to helping individuals quit smoking and improve their overall health and quality of life. Our experienced healthcare providers use evidence-based strategies and the latest techniques to develop personalized smoking cessation plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. We can help you quit smoking and enjoy a smoke-free lifestyle with ongoing support and monitoring.

Smoking Risks

Smoking is one of the most significant causes of preventable deaths globally, leading to millions of yearly deaths. Smoking is a dangerous habit that can cause serious harm to a person’s health. It affects nearly every organ of the body, leading to a range of diseases and conditions that can be fatal. 

Lung Cancer: Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, accounting for nearly 85% of all cases. Tobacco smoke contains numerous carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) that damage the cells lining the lungs. Over time, these cells can become cancerous, leading to the development of lung cancer. Symptoms of lung cancer may include coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Lung cancer can be difficult to treat and has a high mortality rate.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): COPD is a group of lung diseases that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, with over 80% of COPD-related deaths attributed to smoking. COPD is a progressive disease that can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. There is no cure for COPD, but treatments can help manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

Heart Disease: Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage the arteries’ lining, leading to plaque buildup that can block blood flow to the heart. This can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attack. Smoking can also increase the risk of blood clots, leading to stroke.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Smoking can cause PAD, where plaque buildup in the arteries restricts blood flow to the legs and feet. Symptoms of PAD may include leg pain, cramping, and numbness. Severe PAD can lead to tissue damage and even amputation. Smoking is the leading cause of PAD and can increase the risk of developing the condition by four times.

Cancer: Smoking is a significant cause of many types of cancer, including lung, bladder, kidney, pancreatic, and cervical cancer. The chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage DNA and other genetic material, leading to the development of cancer cells. Smoking is responsible for nearly one-third of all cancer-related deaths in the United States.

Pregnancy Complications: Smoking during pregnancy can cause numerous complications, including miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth. It can also increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The chemicals in tobacco smoke can harm the developing fetus and affect the baby’s growth and development.

Immune System: Smoking can weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections and diseases. Smokers may have a more challenging time fighting off infections such as pneumonia and the flu. Smoking can also slow the healing process and increase the risk of infection after surgery.

Oral Health: Smoking can cause numerous health problems, including bad breath, yellowing of teeth, gum disease, and tooth loss. Smoking can also increase the risk of oral cancer, a severe and potentially fatal disease.

Addiction and Withdrawal: Nicotine is the addictive substance in tobacco smoke. When a person smokes, nicotine enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain within seconds. Nicotine can cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, making it difficult to quit smoking. Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, depression, and difficulty concentrating.

Smoking is a dangerous habit that can cause serious harm to a person’s health. It is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide. However, quitting smoking is an essential step towards better health and well-being. With the support and resources provided by CoreMed Plus, individuals can successfully quit smoking and enjoy the numerous benefits that come with it, such as a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems. So if you or someone you know is struggling with smoking addiction, contact CoreMed Plus today to learn more about their smoking cessation services and take the first step towards a healthier life.

How CoreMed Plus Can Help With Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a highly addictive habit that can be challenging to quit, but quitting is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve their health and well-being. Smoking cessation programs can be highly effective in helping individuals quit smoking, and CoreMed Plus offers smoking cessation services to support individuals on their journey to quit smoking. 

Assessment and Personalized Plan

The smoking cessation program at CoreMed Plus begins with an assessment of the individual’s smoking habits and health status. The healthcare provider will consider the individual’s history of smoking, the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and any previous attempts to quit. This information is used to develop a personalized plan tailored to the individual’s needs.

Medications

CoreMed Plus may prescribe medications that can help individuals quit smoking. These medications can reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, making it easier to quit smoking. Common medications include nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, and varenicline.

Behavioral Support

CoreMed Plus provides behavioral support to help individuals quit smoking successfully. This may include counseling sessions with a healthcare provider, group support sessions, or access to online resources. Behavioral support can help individuals identify triggers and develop coping strategies to manage cravings and avoid relapse.

Strategies for Quitting

CoreMed Plus provides a range of strategies to help individuals quit smoking successfully. These strategies may include setting a quit date, identifying triggers, avoiding smoking triggers, and managing withdrawal symptoms. The healthcare provider may also provide tips for managing stress, developing healthy habits, and staying motivated throughout the quitting process.

Follow-Up Support

CoreMed Plus provides follow-up support to help individuals stay on track with their smoking cessation goals. This may include regular check-ins with a healthcare provider, adjustments to the quit plan as needed, and ongoing behavioral support.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking has numerous health benefits. Within hours of quitting smoking, the body begins to heal. The risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and other smoking-related diseases decreases over time. Quitting smoking can also improve breathing, reduce coughing, and improve overall quality of life. Additionally, quitting smoking can save money and reduce the risk of exposure to secondhand smoke for family and friends.

Overall, quitting smoking is a challenging but essential step toward improving health and well-being. CoreMed Plus provides smoking cessation services to support individuals in their journey to quit smoking. The program includes assessment and personalized plans, medications, behavioral support, strategies for quitting, and follow-up support. By working with a healthcare provider and utilizing these services, individuals can improve their chances of successfully quitting smoking and enjoy the numerous health benefits that come with it.

Smoking Quick Facts

Smoking is a highly addictive and harmful habit that can seriously affect a person’s health. Here are some key facts about smoking:

  1. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, causing around 8 million deaths annually.
  2. Tobacco smoke contains over 70 known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), including tar, carbon monoxide, and benzene.
  3. Smoking is a major risk factor for many types of cancer, including lung, bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancer.
  4. Smoking is also a significant risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  5. Secondhand smoke, or passive smoking, is also harmful and can cause many of the same health problems as smoking itself.
  6. Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  7. Nicotine, the addictive substance in tobacco, can cause physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to quit smoking.
  8. Quitting smoking has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.
  9. Smoking cessation programs, medications, and support from healthcare providers can help individuals quit smoking successfully.
  10. Electronic cigarettes or vaping devices, also known as e-cigarettes, can also harm health and have been associated with lung injuries and disease.

Overall, smoking is a dangerous habit that can have serious negative effects on a person’s health and well-being. Quitting smoking is an important step towards better health, and many resources are available to help individuals quit successfully.

Begin Your Journey to a Smoke-Free Life Today!

CoreMed Plus is a healthcare provider that offers smoking cessation services to help individuals quit smoking and improve their overall health. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps a person can take to improve their health, and CoreMed Plus is committed to supporting individuals in their journey to quit smoking.

By working with a healthcare provider and utilizing the smoking cessation services offered by CoreMed Plus, individuals can develop a personalized quit plan that considers their specific needs and challenges. Medications, behavioral support, and strategies for quitting can all be utilized to increase the chances of successfully quitting smoking.

Quitting smoking has numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and other smoking-related diseases. It can also improve breathing, reduce coughing, and improve overall quality of life. Quitting smoking can be challenging, but with the support and resources offered by CoreMed Plus, individuals can succeed in their journey to quit smoking.

If you or someone you know is struggling with smoking addiction, we encourage you to contact CoreMed Plus to learn more about our cessation services. Our healthcare providers are dedicated to helping individuals achieve their health goals and can provide the support and resources needed to successfully quit smoking.

CoreMed Plus is committed to supporting individuals to quit smoking and achieve optimal health and well-being. We encourage everyone to take the important step of quitting smoking and utilize CoreMed Plus’s services to make this journey easier and more successful. Together, we can make a positive impact on our health and the health of our communities.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. 

I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer. 

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If you’re ready to take charge of your health and embark on a journey toward a healthier, happier life, we invite you to contact us today. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is excited to take your call and help you on your health journey. We will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is right for you and provide the support and care you need every step of the way.

Don’t let health concerns hold you back – contact CoreMed Plus today and let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.