Tobacco Cessation Program at BMH
Have you tried to quit before and started smoking again? Then you’re already on your way to quitting for good. Every time you try to quit, you reverse some of the damages of smoking and learn something new that makes it easier the next time. People trying to quit smoking say what helps the most is having encouragement and great tools. The Tobacco Cessation Program at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital can match you up with the tools that will work for you.
Helping people to quit smoking is a focus in the BMH Respiratory Care Department. Tobacco treatment programs are held throughout the year and have helped many smokers quit. When you’re ready to quit for good, the right support can make all the difference. We’re here to help you, but you’re in charge of choosing the options that work for you.
For upcoming Tobacco Cessation classes, visit the events calendar.
We offer the following:
- Free group coaching.
- Free nicotine replacement therapy, delivered to your home.
- Information and advice about other medication options.
- A custom quit plan to get you ready for your quit date and beyond.
- Ongoing support after you’ve quit, or if you have a slip.
- Links to phone and online support.
How does Tobacco Cessation program work?
- You pick a time that is good for you when you are really ready to quit.
- Call and register for the class.
- When you arrive, you will meet the facilitator and other group members. They are there for the same reason as you.
- The facilitator sets the group quit date, and determines what you need for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
- The facilitator will supply you with many different “Quit tools”, and will lead group discussions.
- After the session ends – the facilitator will follow up with you after one, three, six, nine, and 12 months to help you stay on track.
Getting ready to quit
Here’s our Top 10 list of things you can do ahead of time to help increase your chances of success.
- Once you pick a quit date, circle it on your calendar and leave reminder notes on your refrigerator, near your phone, in your car, etc.
- As you get close to your quit date, try cutting back on how much you smoke a little every day.
- Start getting rid of smoking items in your home, such as ashtrays, lighters and extra packs of smokes.
- Clean your home and car so the smell of cigarettes won’t tempt you once you quit.
- Think about when you usually have your first smoke of the day and try to delay that for as long as you can.
- Make a list of the reasons you want to quit and keep the list handy for when you feel a craving.
- Tell your family and friends that you’re going to quit and ask them not to smoke in front of you.
- Think about the places you smoke. If you can avoid them once you quit, it’ll help keep you from being tempted.
- If you’ve tried to quit before and didn’t make it, think about what made you slip up and try something different.
- Make a list of three friends you can rely on for support. When you feel a craving or get stressed out, give one of them a call.