Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
How can the Tobacco Dependence Program help?
How successful is the program?
Tell me more about the Program Staff. Who will treat me?

I’m very anxious about quitting. Tell me a little more about what I can expect.

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?
When people try to give up tobacco, they usually feel discomfort. Quitting “cold turkey” captures the idea of this discomfort. Science tells us that this discomfort is actually withdrawal. Common withdrawal symptoms are cravings, having trouble staying focused, increased appetite, irritability, restlessness, nervousness and feeling blue. Withdrawal usually gets better after the first two weeks with no tobacco. Another reason it can be hard to quit using tobacco is that we may manage our mood, anger or sadness with tobacco. We may have to learn new ways to manage anger or frustration. That isn’t always easy.

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How can the Tobacco Dependence Program help?
We are staffed by trained professionals who understand tobacco dependence. We work with you to design a plan to help you quit. We offer assessment followed by individual or group treatment. We will recommend and prescribe medications to help you quit tobacco, help you use those medications effectively, and provide you with social support throughout the entire quitting process. Science guides our practice and we know that those who receive this kind of help are more than four times as likely to succeed in quitting.

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How successful is the program?
Tobacco is hard to quit. With each quit attempt, you move closer to success. Quit rates 25% to 50% are considered to be very good to excellent. Quit rates 80%-100% are considered too good to be true. Buyer beware: There are no magic cures or devices. Yet we see people quit everyday in our Program. We work hard to contact our former patients to see if our methods helped them. They rate us Excellent and Very Good. Click here for more detailed information about our success rates.

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Tell me more about the Program Staff. Who will treat me?
Treatment at the Program is designed and provided by UMDNJ faculty and staff with many years of experience in tobacco dependence as well as top credentials in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology and Social Work. Profiles of our staff can be found in About the Program

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I’m very anxious about quitting. Tell me a little more about what I can expect.
We understand that the period of time between deciding it’s time to quit and actually getting down to doing it can be anxiety-producing. At assessment, we spend some time getting to know you. We will gather information about your tobacco use. We will learn what you may have already tried, what worked, and what didn’t. We will teach you about withdrawal and the effective medicines to treat it. We will measure carbon monoxide with a monitor. We will review your tobacco “triggers.” You will tell us what is motivating you.

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We Can Help You Quit!
Tobacco Dependence Program ||125 Paterson Street, Suite 2300 | New Brunswick, NJ 08903 | Phone 732 235-8222 | Fax 732 235-7144