When discussing smoking cessation with patients, I often have a simple argument. For my business in cardiovascular medicine, smoking is good. Smokers are a major percentage of my patients. Therefore, to stay busy, I ought to promote smoking. However, my oath is to do the best for the patient. Therefore, it is imperative that I get my point across on the importance of smoking cessation in reducing future morbidity for the individual.
Most importantly, I impress on the patients:
EVERYBODY QUITS… SOMEDAY.
- Some quit after they die – Too late.
- Some quit after they get cancer – Too late.
- Some quit after a heart attack or heart surgery – Too late.
- Some quit when the doctor tells them – Too late.
- Some quit now or never start – BEST CHOICE.
This approach has helped me achieve significant success in getting patients to stop smoking.