Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco-Free Campus

In collaboration with Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC), Queens Hospital Center (QHC), New York State Smokers’ Quitline, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) 

QCC is Tobacco Free! Out of respect for others and the environment, as of August 27, 2012, the QCC campus is Tobacco Free.

Quitting smoking is not easy, but it can be done.  Studies indicate smokers try to quit eight times on average before they are finally successful.  Remember, ending your tobacco addiction is one of the most important health decisions you can make.  So even if you’re not successful the first time, second, or third… be persistent.  Relapse is not a failure – it’s just part of the process.  Don’t give up!

Quitting is personal, so stop by to design your own individual smoking cessation program coordinated through the Office of Health Services located in the Medical Arts Building room MC-02. We offer the following services to students:

*Through collaborative efforts with EHC, QHC, and NYC DOHMH, a free two-week supply of Nicotine Replacement products, including patches and gum, are available based on eligibility.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (718) 631-6375 or stop by the Office of Health Services located in the Medical Arts Building room MC-02


Resources in Queens

QCC Tobacco Free

Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) and Queensborough Community College Collaboration – Smoking Cessation Program

Health Services has always worked closely with the Smoking Cessation Program at Elmhurst Hospital. Dr. David Weisman has come to the campus several times to help distribute nicotine products. This year, Elmhurst Hospital has agreed to expand their services which include:

Queens Hospital Center Smoking Cessation Program (718-883-4208)

Weekly Support Group Schedule:
Mondays: 11am to 12pm            Tuesdays: 6pm to 7pm          Wednesdays: 1pm to 2pm


Tobacco Use Health Effects

QCC Tobacco Free

Dangers of Smoking (Not a complete list by any means, but hopefully enough to get the point across):

* Information was obtained from the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking, http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/2004/pdfs/whatitmeanstoyou.pdf.


What you should know if you are considering quitting smoking:

TABLE 1: IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM BENEFITS OF QUITTING SMOKING

  • 20 minutes: Heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours: Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • 48 hours: Ability to smell and taste improves.
  • 2-3 weeks: Chance of heart attack drops, circulation improves, walking becomes easier, lung function improves.
  • 1-9 months: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
  • 5 years: Risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
  • 10 years: Lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker; risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus decreases.
  • 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease returns to that of a non-smoker.

TABLE 2: BENEFITS OF QUITTING FOR PATIENTS WITH CERTAIN MEDICAL CONDITIONS

MEDICAL CONDITION BENEFITS OF QUITTING
Coronary Artery Disease and Hypertension

Risk of a first heart attack decreases as soon as the patient quits, drops by 50% the first year, and continues to fall.

Previous Myocardial Infarction

Risk of another heart attack is reduced by 50%.

Peripheral vascular Disease

90% of persons with peripheral vascular disease are smokers. All will do better if they quit, and some with early disease will be completely relieved of symptoms.

Diabetes

Smoking dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular complications. Quitting immediately lowers this risk.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Smoking causes approximately 80%-90% of COPD cases. Death rates from COPD are 10 times higher among people who smoke a pack a day than among non-smokers. Improvement in lung function is expected when a symptomatic patients stop smoking. The most important benefit, however is immediate reduction in the rate of disease progression.

Combined Hormonal Contraception

Smokers who use combined hormonal contraception have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and thromboembolic disease, especially those 35 and older. After quitting, risk falls immediately.

Pregnancy

Women who smoke are more likely to have miscarriages and stillbirths. Their babies are, on average, 500 grams lighter, and are more likely to die or be developmentally delayed. The babies of smoking mothers are more likely to die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Macular Degeneration and Cataracts

Blindness from these causes is half as likely among non-smokers than among smokers.

Surgery

Patients who stop smoking before surgery heal better and reduce their risk of infection and of pulmonary and vascular complications.

TABLE 3: QUITTING TIPS FOR SMOKERS

  • Set a quit date – ideally within 2 weeks. In preparation:
  • Write down your reasons for quitting. Look at the list often for support.
  • Review past quit attempts, if any; reuse strategies that were helpful.
  • Establish a smoke-free environment by removing tobacco products, lighters and ashtrays from homes, cars, and other places where you spend a lot of time. Avoid going to places where people smoke.
  • If other smoker reside with you, establish your home as a smoke-free zone.
  • If a person close to you also smokes, encourage him or her to quit with you or not to smoke in front of you.
  • Consider nicotine replacement products and other medications and use them correctly. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and oral medications such as bupropion and varenicline ease withdrawal symptoms and cravings, doubling your chance of success.
  • Try to avoid smoking triggers. Alcohol, other smokers, caffeine, and stress are common triggers. About half of quitters relapse while drinking alcohol.
  • Anticipate future challenges to prevent relapse.
  • Be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms, including moodiness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and sleep disturbance. These will be reduced with the use of medication. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak within 1-3 weeks after quitting.
  • Keep busy to avoid the urge to smoke.
  • Be physically active to help relieve stress, fight cravings, reduce withdrawal symptoms, elevate mood, and control weight. While many smokers will gain some weight when they quit, the health benefits f quitting far outweigh the effects of weight gain. Exercise, combined with a healthy diet and cessation medications, can help maintain weight. Try a daily, 30 minute brisk walk – or break it up and take 3-4 10-minute walks each day.
  • Get support.
  • Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are trying to quit smoking and ask for their support.
  • Get a “quitting buddy.”
  • Call 311 to be referred to free or low-cost counseling services and medications.

All information provided here was obtained through material freely given by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For further information, please feel free to visit the website of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/smoke/smoke2-cess.shtml.


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