As a psychiatrist, department chair, spouse and parent, Dr. Lizica Troneci has become increasingly mindful of the effects of stress and physician burnout. She started to raise the issue and discuss interventions at her departmental meetings, at times by suggesting…
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.