Smoking Cessation - SBH Health System

Smoking Cessation

There are more than 50 million smokers in the U.S. (about one in five). Only 3% of smokers quit on their own. Meanwhile, more than 1,200 people die daily from smoking-related diseases. This makes smoking the biggest cause of morbidity and mortality in the country.

The hospital runs a smoking cessation program that uses a combination of medications and supportive measures to help people quit smoking. This includes science-based treatments to minimize patients’ nicotine withdrawal symptoms and maximize their success in achieving either a smoking reduction or total cessation.

Patients range in age from 18 to 75 years of age. Some have a history of smoking three packs a day while others may only smoke five cigarettes a day. We see those who have never tried to stop before as well as those who have quit and slipped and are willing to try again.

Education (Group session)

  • The risks of using tobacco and benefits of quitting
  • The science behind nicotine addiction
  • Role of behavioral change in achieving and sustaining abstinence
  • Identifying and managing triggers
  • Strategies for successful behavioral change
  • Cessation medications: how they work, benefits and limitations

Quit Plan(Individual One-on-One Session)

  • Collaborate with the patient on a quit plan
  • Set a quit date
  • Prescribe cessation medications if appropriate
  • Schedule follow-up appointment if appropriate

Location & Hours

Center for Comprehensive Care (CCC)
St. Barnabas Hospital
SBH Health System
4422 Third Avenue, 4th Floor
Bronx, NY 10457
Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
718-960-3730

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