According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.
The Smoking Cessation Program at The Lung Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is an eight-week, interactive program with a support-group setting led by BWH clinicians. Sessions feature lectures, skill practices and counseling to help participants stop smoking for good.
Participants will meet with BWH’s tobacco treatment team in a small, supportive group environment, and will receive tips from ex-smokers who have successfully remained smoke-free.
Session topics include:
Week 1: Benefits of quitting Week 2: Developing a plan to quit Week 3: Addiction and coping strategies Week 4: Dealing with withdrawal symptoms; panel of ex-smokers Week 5: Healthy habits: exercise and diet Week 6: Stress management: creating a plan to stay strong Week 7: Relapse prevention Week 8: Secondhand smoke, and personal reflections about the program
Sessions are held each Tuesday from 6-7pm; the next session begins January 5, 2017.