Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
If you smoke or use tobacco products, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones. Good planning, support, and the latest quit tobacco medications can help you succeed.
Quitting tobacco can be challenging, even if you're well prepared. If you are unprepared, it may feel impossible. One way to prepare is to understand how tobacco fits into your life and figure out what, specifically, is going to be hard about giving it up. Knowing what to watch out for when you quit will help you make a plan to overcome those challenges as they come up along the way.
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are both designed to quickly and effectively deliver nicotine. Nicotine is very addictive. Your body may develop a dependence quickly (sometimes after using it only a few times), and it often takes some time before your body adjusts to living without it.
When you stop using tobacco, you may experience symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Often this can feel like irritability, lack of focus, or trouble sleeping. Every person experiences withdrawal differently, but the first week is usually the most intense. The good news is that these symptoms do get better over time; usually over several weeks. It can help to think of this time as a transition period during which your body and your emotions return to normal.
If you think the withdrawal symptoms will be challenging, there are many medications available to help minimize them.
It's common to find that tobacco plays more than one role in your life. Perhaps it is a way to cope with stress or a way to keep your weight down. It's also likely that tobacco has become a part of your daily routine. Maybe you always have cigarettes with your coffee or when you go out with friends. Finally, tobacco may occupy an emotional place in your life – it's there for you when you are lonely, angry, or bored.
If this is true for you, quitting will be not only about nicotine addiction but also about finding a way to reduce stress, maintain your weight, build new routines, and find emotional support without tobacco.
It's a fact that may be both encouraging and discouraging, but many people try to quit several times before they're successful. The important thing is to keep past attempts in perspective. Just because you've tried to quit in the past doesn't mean that you don't have the willpower to quit or that you won't be successful in the future. Most people who have successfully quit smoking had to try multiple times before they stopped for good.
Past quit attempts are an opportunity to consider what worked well and what didn't. If you made it a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks without a cigarette, you were successful in breaking the habit. Ask yourself what strategies worked for you in the past – even for a short time – and what might be useful now. This will help your next quit attempt be more effective than the last.
Not everyone feels the same way when they think about quitting tobacco. Your readiness to quit and your confidence level that you'll be successful are unique to you. Your next steps may be different depending on how ready you feel. You might take some time to think more about what you like or dislike about tobacco. You may want to observe and try to understand how you use tobacco. You might consider making small changes to make smoking less convenient and attractive. Or you might find yourself ready to put together a plan to quit and take action.
You may not feel ready right now. There may be other things going on in your life that take your focus away from quitting, or it may feel like this isn't the best time right now. It's OK to think more about tobacco and its place in your life, even if you're not ready to quit right now. One helpful way to think more about it is to:
People often have mixed feelings when they think about quitting tobacco. On the one hand, there may be reasons to make a change. On the other hand, there may be reasons to keep things as they are. Ask yourself:
Think more about it. And while you think about these alternatives, become more aware of the way you smoke. It's helpful to keep a "pack track" or log for a day or two. This helps you know more about when you smoke, how you feel, who you're with, and how much you needed the cigarette.
When you look back on your records, see if any patterns jump out at you. It may be that you really rely on tobacco to get you through stressful situations, or that certain triggers (drinking coffee, driving, etc.) always cause you to smoke. Examining your own habits can be an important step to identifying how tobacco fits in your life right now.
Understanding the role tobacco plays in your daily life can help you begin to think about other ways to meet those needs without smoking. If and when you feel ready to quit, those ideas can become part of your quit strategy.
Even if you feel you're ready to quit right now, it's important not to move so fast that you don't have time to plan. Being very clear about your own personal motivations for quitting can provide you with the strength to follow through if the going gets rough.
Ask yourself what your main reasons are for quitting, make a list of those reasons that are most important to you, and keep the list in your wallet. Then:
There are many ways to quit tobacco. The key to your success will be to choose the strategies that will work best for you.
When putting together a plan, think about your motivations for quitting, anticipate what may be challenging, and plan some strategies to get through those times. You may also want to consider medications and ways in which you will get support.
Feeling ready to make a big change like quitting tobacco is a key to your success. Readiness can mean slightly different things for different people, but it's often a combination of things, including the following:
If you are thinking about quitting but don't feel as ready or confident as you'd like, there are still things you can do to increase your confidence and readiness. You could:
As you feel more in control, you may feel more ready and more confident.
Think about going on an international trip – the planning and preparation you do before you leave can make all the difference in how ready you are for the trip and how confident you are that it will be a success. Quitting tobacco can be the same way. The planning you do beforehand can be an important indicator of your success. We can help you with this, or you can get help from your family, friends, or others in your community.
Quit tobacco medications are drugs that help people quit tobacco. They can ease the cravings and other symptoms you might feel as your body withdraws from nicotine. This allows you to focus on your other strategies for living life without tobacco. Using medications as part of your quit plan has been proven to increase your chances of quitting successfully.
Support and reinforcement before, during, and after you quit are an important part of a comprehensive quit plan. In fact, studies show that the amount of support you get can be one of the things that determine whether you'll be successful.
This may mean finding someone to talk to as you enter a new smoke-free lifestyle. It could also mean finding new ways to socialize and – at least for a time – avoiding situations that would tempt you to start using tobacco again. And if someone in your family or social circle uses tobacco, it may be especially important to ask for their support while you quit.
We know quitting tobacco can be difficult to do. Kaiser Permanente offers many proven quit tobacco services so you can choose the type of program that best fits your needs.
What works best? That depends on you and your learning preferences. We recommend a combination of a comprehensive quit plan, quit tobacco medications, and counseling support. Our Kaiser Permanente quit tobacco programs are proven to increase your chances of quitting successfully. We strongly recommend that you consider the support we offer and choose the program that will work best for you.
If you use quit tobacco medications or participate in our Kaiser Permanente quit tobacco programs, evidence shows that you will be more likely to quit successfully. However, combining the two can be the most effective strategy and can double your chances of success.
The following tools and programs can help you develop an effective plan to quit tobacco. They are all available at no extra cost to Kaiser Permanente members. You can try out one or all of these resources depending on your own needs and preferences. Contact your local Health Education Center for more information.
All of our quit tobacco programs are available at no extra cost to members. Drug coverage varies. Please check with Member Services if you have questions about what is covered under your plan.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
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