Smoking Cessation Clinic

Physicians and staff can help smokers to stop smoking using behavioral counseling to break the psychological dependence on tobacco products. The service encourages and helps build strong, personal motivation to quit and uses research-validated, stop-smoking methods.

Stop-smoking options are most successful when combined with changing personal behaviors associated with smoking. The service offers assistance with stress management, weight control and tips for preventing relapse and offers a number of options to smokers who want to quit:

  • Cold turkey-the smoker stops smoking cigarettes abruptly.
  • Chantix (varenicline)-a nicotine-free pill that helps reduce craving and withdrawal
  • Nicotine fading-the smoker reduces the cigarette nicotine level by 30 percent for the first week, by 60 percent the second week, and by 90 percent the third week. During the fourth week, the smoker quits cold turkey.
  • Nicotine gum-provides a substitute source of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine skin patch-provides a substitute source of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine lozenge- provides a substitute source of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Nicotine nasal spray-provides a substitute source of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptom
  • Nicotine inhaler-provides a substitute source of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms
  • Zyban (Bupropion HCI)- nicotine-free pill, helps reduce the urge to smoke

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