Frequently Asked Questions About Smoking Cessation

Q:  Why quit?

A: Quitting is worth it! No matter what your age or how long you've smoked, quitting will help you live longer. The US Surgeon General has stated, "Smoking cessation (stopping smoking) represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives."

Ex-smokers enjoy a higher quality of life with fewer illnesses from cold and flu viruses, better self-reported health status, and reduced rates of bronchitis and pneumonia.

For decades the Surgeon General has reported the health risks associated with smoking. Benefits apply whether you are healthy or you already have smoking-related diseases. In 1990, the Surgeon General concluded:

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Q: What is the first thing to do once I’ve decided to quit?

A: Call the Tobacco-Free Campus hotline at 650-724-1598! We have a trained behavior change specialist who will work with you to develop a plan that will help you quit smoking. The plan you develop together will include discussing your smoking habits, calling your doctor for any necessary prescriptions and setting a “quit date” in order to set yourself up for success!

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Q: What medication would work best for me?

A: There are a variety of medications on the market to help people quit smoking. Now is a good time to review all your options and discuss with your physician.

Some of these options include:

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Q: How will I feel when I quit smoking?

A: You may experience withdrawals for a few days while your body adjusts. There are many strategies and medications you can use to help with any uncomfortable feelings you experience during the quitting process.

Q: Will I gain weight?

A: Any weight gain can be kept to a minimum by adopting a more balanced lifestyle which would include nutritious food, movement and fun! The average weight gain is usually less than 10 pounds; however this modest weight gain should not distract you from your main goal – quitting smoking!

Q: I’ve tried to quit before and it didn’t work. What can I do?

A: It takes most people about three times to quit. Don’t give up! Learn from your past successes and pitfalls. Take a few minutes to develop strategies to overcome those pitfalls the next time you should cross them. 

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Q: What if I don’t have time to quit?

A: If you’re tight on time but willing to do the work independently then pick from either the Individualized or Web-based program options described below.

Q: What should I do if I need help?

A: Call the School of Medicine Tobacco-Free Campus Hotline: 650-724-1598

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Q: What kind of activities can I do when I get the urge for a cigarette?

A: Give yourself a break and enjoy some of the many activities on the Stanford campus. Here is a partial list of Stanford specific activities to divert your attention while you’re giving up smoking.

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