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Strauss Allergy & Asthma
Westbury and Commack, New York

Now a proud member of Allied Physicians Group


Tips on Quitting Smoking
by R. Strauss, MD

Step 1: The first step is realizing you need to quit.

Nobody talks about the good part about smoking. Most people who smoke find that it helps relieve stress and has a calming yet euphoric effect. You need to examine what benefits you get out of smoking and find another way to substitute for it.

Step 2: Making a plan.

When are you going to do it? Set a date for quitting. Put a date on your calendar and try to cut down as you get closer to that date. Start counting cigarettes you smoke and ask yourself if you could wait awhile before smoking the next one.

How are you going to do it?

  • Avoid situations that will make you want to smoke such as being with friends who smoke.
  • Studies show more people are successful if they use a nicotine substitute such as the nicotine patch or gum. These are available without a prescription.
  • Prescription medications such as Chantix or Zyban can increase your chances of a successful quit attempt. Ask your doctor if these medications are right for you. Atlhough the cost of these medicines are often not covered by insurers, the investment will pay off if you can save money by no longer purchasing cigarettes.
  • Use a combination of prescription medication, nicotine replacement, and a support group to maximize your chances of success.

Step 3: Implement the plan.

Measure your success one hour and then one day at a time.

Step 4: Congratulate yourself on your success.

On Day 1, Week 1, and Month 1 buy yourself a present with the money you saved from buying cigarettes. If you succeed, do not ever take another puff of a cigarette. For many people, this will re-trigger receptors in your brain that can cause you to become hooked again!

If you are unsuccessful. Don't be too hard on yourself. Quitting is difficult. Most people make multiple attempts before they are successful. Analyze why you failed and start gearing yourself up to make another attempt. Perhaps you need to try a different method or the timing was not right. Remember Thomas Edison was once asked if he was frustrated when he kept on failing in his different attempts to make a light bulb. His reply was that he did not fail, he simply learned 100 ways how not to make a light bulb!

Some places to go for help:

Joining a smoking cessation program statistically increases the chances of success. Most hospitals have smoking cessation programs.

Strauss Allergy & Asthma
~Serving Long Island, Suffolk and Nassau Counties~
1600 Stewart Ave.
Suite 310
Westbury, NY 11590
Tel: 516.224.4271
Fax: 516.228.8579
283 Commack Rd.
Suite 300
Commack, NY 11725
Tel: 631.462.2980
Fax: 631.462.2982