If your New Year's resolution was to give up cigarettes, how are you doing?
Don't give up because it usually takes lots of quitting before it finally works. That's according to Dr. Rajat Bhatt, a professor of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech, who was our guest Monday in our segment Healthwise at 5. Here's what he says he tells his patients who say I want to quit But I don't want to gain weight.
"The consequences of smoking are worse than that of gaining weight and the maximum you will gain is about 10 pounds. Its just 10 pounds its been studied been determined that the maximum you can gain is just 10 pounds. So once a person smokes its the spouse and the children who suffers too," says Dr. Rajat Bhatt, MD, TTUHSC-Internal Medicine
Dr. Bhatt says he thinks cold turkey works best for most people.
Whatever method you try, the state has a smoking cessation hotline to help you through your effort. Just call 1-877- YES QUIT. Operators are standing by and will even provide you with a 2 month supply of free medication if you need that to break the habit.