|Ashtrays will soon disappear
Time to Butt Out
March 28, 2003
Now that most New York City bars and restaurants have joined the
list of workplaces in which smoking is banned, there's no better
time to kick the habit. But if 'cold turkey' sounds more like
Thanksgiving leftovers than a quitting tactic, you may want to
explore the smoking cessation resources available in Lower
While 1.4 million New Yorkers currently smoke, seven out of every
10 smokers want to stop, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). Here are some downtown sources that can
help you quit successfully -- starting today.
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Gouverneur Hospital, on the Lower East Side, participates in the
New York City Health and Hospital Corporation's Smoking Cessation Program, which teaches people
about the negative health effects of smoking and gives them
the necessary tools to quit.
The hospital offers group support and programs with free
medications. Call or walk in for an appointment to meet with a
doctor who will prescribe the best course of treatment. For
non-English speaking patients, the facility has piloted TEMIS,
a system that enables patients and their health-care providers to
receive simultaneous translation services through the use of
Tribeca Hypnosis and
For an alternative quitting method, a trip to Trudy Beers
at the Tribeca Hypnosis and Healing Institute may be
in order. Beers, a self-described clinical hypnotherapist, believes
that, to help people achieve their goals, deep, emotional
connections must be unraveled in conjunction with and through
hypnosis. Beers says that only one session ($350) is needed for
smokers, who are then armed with a customized tape that they must
listen to daily for at least 21 days. She claims an 85 percent
success rate with this method. Skeptical? Beers claims, "I have
never met a person who cannot be hypnotized."
Quitting on Your Own
If you want to try to quit on your own, here are some tips from
1. Choose and write down your reasons for quitting.
Identify your smoking triggers (e.g., alcohol, other smokers,
3. Identify your coping strategies (e.g., keep
busy, stay in non-smoking areas, drink lots of water).
a quit date and prepare for that quit date.
5. Discard all
tobacco products, lighters, ashtrays, etc. (including those in the
6. Prepare a list of support people who can be called upon
7. Prepare yourself with available support group and
quitline information (such as the toll-free New York Smokers'
8. Educate yourself on withdrawal
symptoms, including negative mood or difficulty concentrating, which
are temporary but can last for two to four weeks.
In addition, through a collaborative City and State
Health Department initiative, free nicotine replacement therapy
(i.e., "the patch") will be provided to the first 35,000 eligible
New York City smokers over the age of 18 who call the New York State
Smokers' Quit Line -- (866) NYQUITS
(1-866-697-8487. For more information, click