Essay on Smoking Cessation Of Tobacco Smoking
Tobacco smoking contributes to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and lung disease and is a “leading preventable cause of death” (Fritz, Wider, Hardin, & Horrocks, 2008b; Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014; Stephenson & Allen, 2007; Tingen et al., 2006). There are 440,000 deaths alone from tobacco use in the United States (Stephenson & Allen, 2007; Tingen et al., 2006). Smoking cessation programs are great ways nurses can encourage patients with hypertension to go. Studies show that to decrease the rate of hypertension in the population and promote public health worldwide smoking must be discontinued.
Primary prevention starts with people who have not started smoking yet. The Healthy People 2020 initiatives aim to decrease the number of adolescent smokers by 5% who begin to smoke (Fritz et al., 2008b; Healthy People 2020). The American Cancer Society states that at least 70% of smokers want to quit, 35% attempt to, and 5% succeed (Stephenson & Allen, 2007). With a decrease in the number of patients who smoke, the number of hypertensive cases would dramatically decline.
Smoking affects adults and children alike. Children of smokers are 3 times more likely to begin smoking themselves (Stephenson & Allen, 2007; Tingen et al., 2006). Nursing interventions need to provide the optimal resources for parents, children, and families in the community so that more succeed in quitting, and fewer teens initiate smoking themselves which results in lower number of comorbidities.…