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Make 2012 the Year to Be Tobacco Free – Great American Smoke Out

Are you ready to quit smoking? Get ready for the Great American Smokeout with some tips on how to start from The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program!

Think of all the reasons…your health; your family and friends; the money you’ll save; breaking the addiction…Each year, the single most important thing you can do to improve the health of you or someone you care for is help them stop using tobacco.  Whatever your reasons…Give it a try!

The Great American Smoke Out held each November is an event that encourages tobacco users to make an attempt to abstain from using tobacco for one day.  There are many resources available to help tobacco-users succeed in their quest for longer and healthier lives.

Don’t get frustrated:

Smoking is not just a “bad habit” – it is an addiction.  Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the planet and tobacco use affects the chemistry of the brain.  Having difficulties with quitting is not a sign of weakness.  Once you decide to try and stop – get help.  Cessation treatment can double or triple your chance for success.  The only failure is when you stop trying.

Help is out there – use it:

There are many things you can do to help you quit smoking successfully.  Behavioral skills, support, and medications have been proven to be the most effective way to quit.  Medications and nicotine replacement therapies can relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms so that you feel more comfortable and can deal with the quitting process more easily.  Telephone quitlines (1-800-QUIT NOW) can provide support, and face-to-face treatment, whether it is individual or group, is the most effective way to stop smoking. 

The UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program is here to help at (732) 235-8222.  We can discuss all of the treatment options with you including nicotine patch, gum, lozenge, nicotine nasal spray or nicotine inhaler – along with the prescription medications bupropion (Zyban/Wellbutrin) or Chantix.  Stopping smoking starts here!

UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program

(732) 235-8222

125 Paterson Street, Suite 2300

New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP, is a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and director of the UMDNJ-Tobacco Dependence Program.  He is also an associate professor of general internal medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an associate professor of health education and behavioral science at UMDNJ-School of Public Health.

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