As the Nurse Coordinator for Advanced Lung Disease and the Smoking Cessation Program at the Temple Lung Center, I assist with a patient’s journey to quit smoking. Through our smoking cessation plan and our weekly support group meetings, we can help patients finally kick the habit. However, we recognize beginning this journey is not easy. As with most things in life, success is greater when you are educated and informed.
Patients often struggle with quitting because they feel smoking calms their nerves. Nicotine binds to receptors of the brain which release dopamine with each inhalation. Dopamine is a chemical of the brain associated with pleasure and calmness. However, it is the other ingredients of toxic carcinogenics that contribute to disease.