Smoking can cause a range of extremely serious diseases including Chronic Obstructive Lung Diseases and lung cancer. Nicotine dependence can also pave the way for a series of serious cardiovascular diseases. The Acıbadem Hospitals Group has established Smoke Free Life Polyclinics at its hospitals where smokers are treated with a multidisciplinary approach.
Diagnosis and Treatment
The Smoke Free Life Polyclinic offers patients wishing to stop smoking with the tests and services as follows:
Thoracic diseases examination
Pulmonary function tests
Diagnosis and staging of disease
Evaluation of level of dependence (Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence)
Stages of Treatment
Treatment is tailored to suit each patient and lasts a total of 3 months.
Medical treatments can include using nicotine bands, nicotine gum or tablets.
The methods of treatment can vary depending on the clinical situation of the patient.
Monitoring includes evaluating the levels of nicotine using a CO measuring device, motivational support treatment and psychotherapy referrals where necessary.