Smoking Cessation


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Most people know that smoking is bad for you; in fact, it is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Canada. Surveys show that approximately 85% of smokers want to quit smoking, and 75% have tried at least once, many successfully but most smokers attempting to quit on their own struggle. Smokers that take part in a smoking cessation program are more likely to be successful.

Why do you smoke?

Simply stated there is a chemical in tobacco called nicotine and nicotine is addictive. Nicotine binds to receptors in your brain causing chemical changes that if we are honest smoking has some desirable effects. Nicotine influences dopamine which is associated with pleasure normalizes mood, decreases anxiety, it also increases attention span. Furthermore, nicotine increases the metabolic rate which helps with weight loss. If that wasn’t enough smoking aids in muscle relaxation. With these effects, it’s no wonder people start smoking and quite frankly they love it! So that’s the good, what about the bad?

Harmful effects of smoking

By stimulating what is known as the sympathetic nervous system blood vessels constrict, this causes increases in blood pressure and heart rate leading to an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Smokers have decreased circulation leading to cold hands and feet, this is known as peripheral vascular disease. Smoking also causes bronchial irritation causing a cough and discomfort in the chest. For women, smoking impairs fertility, interacts with birth control pills to increase a risk of strokes and heart attacks and may lead to early menopause. Apart from all of these health concerns, smokers demonstrate decreased senses of smell and taste.

Why is quitting smoking so hard?

Between cigarettes you experience withdrawal symptoms, the nicotine levels drop followed by dopamine levels leading to symptoms and cravings.

Symptom Frequency Duration
Increased appetite 70% Up to 10 weeks
Nicotine cravings 70% Up to 2 weeks
Restlessness 60% Up to 4 weeks
Depression 60% Up to 4 weeks
Poor concentration 60% Up to 2 weeks
Irritability or aggression 50% Up to 4 weeks
Sleep disturbance 25% Up to one week
Lightheadedness 10% Up to 48 hours

Adapted from Jarvis, MJ, Why People Smoke, BMJ 2004;328:277-279

How can Naturopathic Medicine help Quit Smoking?

Naturopathic Medicine programs incorporate lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplementation, botanical medicines and acupuncture which can minimize or prevent the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

During your one on one consultation with the Naturopathic Doctor, a program will be designed specifically for your needs to address the reasons you smoke and help reduce or minimize the withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing.

The good news about quitting smoking

After you quit smoking the benefits start almost immediately and over time the years of damage will begin to reverse until you are virtually the same as a nonsmoker.

Time since Last Cigarette Benefit to you
20 minutes
  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Body temperature of extremities increases to normal
8 hours
  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
24 hours
  • Chance of heart decreases
48 hours
  • Nerve endings begin to regrow
  • Enhanced ability to smell and taste
2 weeks to 3 months
  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%
1 month to 9 months
  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
  • Increased ability to handle mucous in the lungs, clean the lungs and reduce infection because of lung cilia regrowth
  • Increase in overall body energy
  • Within 6 months the majority of cells in the body, including lung tissue, will have been replaced at least once
1 year
  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) is half that of a current smoker
5 years
  • Lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (one pack per day) decreases by almost half
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker
10 years
  • Lung cancer death rate similar to that of nonsmokers
  • Precancerous cells are replaced
  • Risk of cancer of the throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas and colon/rectum is decreased
15 years
  • Risk of CHD is that of a nonsmoker

Source: American Cancer Society, Washington Division, Centers for Disease Control


Treatment Rates

Program Package


Includes Initial appointment & 8 follow up treatments


Individual Treatments

Initial Appointment - $150

Follow Up Treatment - $70

It is highly recommended to complete a minimum of 9 individual treatments for the program to be successful.

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