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Tobacco Cessation

Your doctor can help you quit smoking for good. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) your doctor’s advice and assistance more than double the odds that you will quit successfully, so make an appointment and ask for help to start the New Year tobacco-free.

Your doctor can provide a range of support and treatment for quitting.  When you talk to your doctor, he or she can help you decide what support will help you the most including medication and counseling.

 “Quitting smoking is the best thing a tobacco user can do to improve his or her health, improve chronic conditions like hypertension and diabetes, and avoid serious complications from respiratory illness including the flu which is so prevalent this time of year.” said Christopher Owens, MS, C.A.S. HSMP, director of the Central New York Regional Center for Tobacco Health Systems.  “I also encourage physicians to talk to their patients about quitting at every visit.”

According to an American Cancer Society estimate, 30 percent of cancers could be avoided if people stopped using tobacco.[i]  Tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable disease and death in New York State, taking more than 28,000 lives every year[ii] and afflicting nearly 600,000 New Yorkers with serious disease directly attributable to their smoking.[iii]

Smokers are also at greater risk for diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels.  Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them thicken and grow narrower, which makes your heart beat faster and your blood pressure go up leading to hypertension.[iv],[v] 

Tobacco users with high blood pressure that quit using tobacco will be able to control the disease, and are less likely to experience complications such as stroke.

The use of approved stop smoking medications at least doubles a tobacco user’s chances of successfully quitting[vi] and many of the medications including the patch, gum and lozenges are covered by Medicaid plans.  A doctor can determine and prescribe the medications most likely to help their patient make a successful quit attempt.

“We encourage tobacco users to think beyond a New Year’s resolution because quitting smoking takes a lot of work and resolve,” said Owens. “Make a plan, get support from your doctor, and keep trying until you succeed.”

For a free personalized quit plan, talk to your doctor and for more support, contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS or www.nysmokefree.com. The Quitline can offer a variety of resources and support including phone coaching, automatic quit messages to your mobile, landline or email, and a free starter kit of nicotine patches for eligible smokers.

The New York State Smokers’ Quitline has helped more than a million New Yorkers quit smoking.

About St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.

About The New York State Smokers’ Quitline

The New York State Smokers’ Quitline (1-866-NY-QUITS), based at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), provides free quit coaching and nicotine patches to New York residents who want to stop smoking or using tobacco.  Services available through the Quitline include a free nicotine patch starter kit; quit coaching, self-help materials, motivational messages and daily tips. The Quitline can be reached at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (taped messages of support available in off-hours). An online smoke-free community is available 24/7 at http://www.nysmokefree.org, and additional tips and resources can be found at http://www.facebook.com/NYQuits and https://twitter.com/nysmokefree.



[i] 2012-2017 New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, NYS DOH, http://www.nyscancerconsortium.org/cancer/cancer_index.aspx

[ii] Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs, 2014, Section C:  Recommended Funding Levels, by State New York, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/index.htm?s_cid=cs_3281

[iii] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease:  The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease:  A Report of the Surgeon General., 2010, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2010/index.htm?s_cid=cs_1843

[iv] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress:  A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/50th-anniversary/index.htm

[v] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What It Means to You, 2010, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2010/consumer_booklet/index.htm

[vi] Which Quit Smoking Medication is Right for You, Smokefree.gov, http://smokefree.gov/explore-medications