When you see Cancer Control Month, do you think of quitting smoking? Have you noticed it just seems to get harder to quit smoking?
Maybe that's because the big tobacco companies want to make it harder for you to quit.
Gregory Connolly, director of the Harvard School of Public Health's Tobacco Control Research Program, reported that the amount of nicotine smokers inhale rose by 11 percent from 1998 to 2005. Nicotine yields rose in cigarettes from each of the four major tobacco manufacturers.
Researchers learned that the tobacco companies intensified the concentration of nicotine in the tobacco. They also modified the design of cigarettes to increase the number of puffs per cigarette. The result of these changes is that cigarettes are more addictive. The study also learned that all four major tobacco companies increased the nicotine in all of its products, from ultra-light to full flavor.
There is help for people addicted to nicotine and cigarettes. Nicotine replacement therapy offers help for some people. Prescription medicine is helping other people stop smoking. They work differently than the aids with nicotine. Talk to your doctor about what might be best for you.
- Nicotine gum
- Nicotine transdermal patch
- Nicotine nasal spray
- Nicotine lozenge
- Nicotine inhaler
- Cigarette filters
- Prescription Zyban
- Prescription Chantix
The Cancer Information Service has information on each of these quit methods.
For more information about any cancer concern, contact:
Cancer Information Service
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
UI Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive, 4802 JPP
Iowa City, Iowa 52242