At The Brooklyn Hospital Center, your personalized smoking cessation program will include one or more of the following treatments:
Counseling and Education – You may be able to quit smoking simply by learning techniques to control your cravings, some of which are listed in this brochure. Even if you need a prescription, our smoking cessation counselors will work with you to increase your chances of staying on track.
Nicotine Replacement – Products such as gum,lozenges, inhalers, nasal sprays and patches will give you small, steady doses of nicotine to help stop craving.
Prescription Medications (Chantix™, Zyban™ and others) – Available by prescription, these drugs target nicotine receptors in the brain, attach to them, and block nicotine from reaching them.
The “Five D’s” of Smoking Cessation.
1. Delay until the urge passes, usually 3-5 minutes.
2. Distract yourself.
3. Drink a glass of water.
4. Deep breaths to relax.
5. Discuss your feelings with someone.
Know your triggers!
As every smoker knows, there are certain situations that trigger a cigarette craving. You may get the urge after a meal, when holding a drink, or while spending time with friends and relatives who smoke. But knowledge is power. Once you understand your triggers, you’ll be better prepared to avoid them.
Worried about weight gain? Don’t be.
Contrary to popular opinion, weight gain is not an automatic consequence of tobacco cessation. If you do add pounds, the odds are the gain will be moderate and can be offset by moderate exercise and a healthy diet. We'll help you kick the habit.