Tobacco

WHAT IS THE TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM?

The Tobacco Cessation Program is a free service provided by the University of Maryland University Health Center.

Program features and information:

Counseling sessions provide analysis and reflection of habits to help promote positive strategies and coping skills for changing cognition and behavior to quit smoking.

The positive orientation of this program eliminates the negative responses of guilt, shame, and failure, focusing on self-efficacy, empowerment, and success.

For more information, contact Edie Anderson at eanderson@health.umd.edu or 301-314-9629.

GOALS OF THE PROGRAM

  • To empower each client to quit smoking through the use of free tobacco cessation counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, acupuncture, meditation, and stress management.
  • To have a healthier University of Maryland,College Park campus.

HOW CAN I QUIT?

Make an appointment for a personal tobacco cessation counseling session. During the session, the counselor will provide you with a personalized plan to promote your quitting success. The counselor can talk to you about available therapies such as nicotine replacement products, acupuncture, meditation, and stress management techniques.

NICOTINE REPLACEMENT THERAPIES

Nicorette Gum®:

This is a step-down program experienced over time used to reduce withdrawl symptoms. The two steps of gum are 4 mg to 2 mg. This can be helpful if you need oral gratification and need to be in control of how much nicotine is going into your body and when.

Nicotine Patch:

This is a step-down program experienced over time. There are three steps to the patch that go from 21 mg to 14 mg to 7 mg. The patch provides a 24 hour convenient transdermal dosing of nicotine to reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Nicorette Gum® and nicotine patch therapies provide nicotine dosage that is safe for reducing cravings and allows for reducing the number of cigarettes smoked during a day.

NRT therapy is safe because it eliminates taking in tar, carbon monoxide, cyanide, arsenic, formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene into the lungs and bloodstream.

ACUPUNCTURE

The acupuncture program for smoking cessation consists of a total of five free sessions. The program starts with a traditional Chinese medicine evaluation. Based on this evaluation a uniquely personal treatment is administered.

The treatment technique uses very thin needles of varying lengths inserted into selected points of the body to help balance the body’s energy. In addition, a specialized auricular (ear) treatment is administered which specifically addresses addictions by detoxifying and curbing cravings.

Acupressure is taught so that the client can practice every day, between weekly treatments, to curb the desire to smoke.

STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES

The techniques taught to help delay and/or eliminate the smoking of a cigarette in any given moment are:

  • diaphragmatic breathing
  • progressive muscle relaxation
  • guided imagery/meditation
  • hand massage

Once learned, practiced, and owned as a tool for acquiring relaxation, stress management techniques become a pathway for better health. These techniques are taught using music and a bio-feedback tool that records evidence of a chemical change in the body and, ultimately, in the mind and spirit at that moment.

Research has shown that using these techniques on a daily basis can create better body chemistry (initiated by relaxation) and promote health and wellbeing.

QUITTING FACTS

By quitting smoking you can add five to ten years to your life span. Here is how it starts:

2 Hours after quitting:
Blood pressure decreases, pulse rate drops, body temperature of hands and feet increases.

8 Hours after quitting:
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal, oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

24 Hours after quitting:
Chance of heart attack decreases.

48 Hours after quitting:
Nerve endings start re-growing, ability to smell and taste improve.

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society: “Quitting Smoking” 
www.cancer.org

www.smokefree.gov

1-800-QUIT-NOW
(a free quit-line providing information and support)

American Lung Association: Smoking Cessation
www.lungusa.org

www.tobaccofreeu.org

www.becomeanex.com