Year after year, one of the most frequently heard New Year’s resolutions is the one to “Quit Smoking”. It is a hard one to fulfill and unfortunately, has a high rate of failure. Finding the right resources, however, can increase one’s success. Flushing Hospital, in partnership with the Queens Quits Initiative, is dedicated to helping people who currently smoke take the necessary steps to help them succeed at quitting.
The Queens Quits Initiative suggests the following steps to making this resolution work:
- Switch to a brand of cigarettes that you would never smoke
- Set a quit date within two weeks from today
- Exercise!! It will help combat stress and possible weight gain
- Try stop-smoking medications such as NRT, Chantix or Zyban
- Keep your hands occupied with a pen, bottle of water or even a straw
- Stay away from cigarette smoke
- Stay away from alcohol, if you drink and smoke together
- Remove all cigarettes from your home, car, office and anywhere else you spend time
- Tell your friends and family that you are quitting
- Read motivational stories about how others quit smoking on nysmokefree.com
- Don’t quit trying to QUIT! Most people have over seven quit attempts before they quit for good
- Call the NYS Smokers Quitline (1-866-NY-QUITS) for free counseling and educational material
Speak to your physician for suggestions or call Flushing Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center at 718-670-5795 to make an appointment with a Pulmonary specialist. These physicians, through a thorough exam and pulmonary testing, can determine which treatment option is best suited for each patient. Let us try to help you fulfill your wish to quit smoking this year.
All content of this newsletter is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult a medical professional before adopting any of the suggestions on this page. You must never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment based upon any content of this newsletter. PROMPTLY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN OR CALL 911 IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.