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Last modified: Friday, 22-Feb-2013 14:35:38 EST

University Health Service (UHS)
Health Promotion Office

How to Quit Smoking

If you have decided to quit smoking and you don't know what to do, where to go, or who to ask for help, this information provides a guide that can help you quit smoking for GOOD. There is no one right way to quit smoking, but there are some key elements that can help kick the habit successfully.

If you a student at the University of Rochester, you can schedule an appointment to speak with your primary care provider (PCP) about quitting smoking. When you call to schedule an appointment, you will be offered an appointment with your PCP. Your PCP can help you assess your readiness to make this change and can then provide you with the support to help you move through the steps to quit. To schedule an appointment, call UHS at 275-2662.

Step 1: Making the Decision to Quit:
Just how and why do people stop smoking?

Step 2: Setting the Date and Deciding on a Plan:
Once a person decides to quit, they have to pick a quit date and prepare themselves for what they will have to do on that day.

Step 3: What to Do When the Quit Date Comes:
Quit Day is not an easy day, and there are many things a person has to do in order to make it a successful, first smoke-free day.

Step 4: Getting Support:
Everyone knows that it's not easy to quit smoking, and there are many places a person can go to get support once they start the quit process.

Step 5: Nicotine Replacement Therapy:
For most people, the best way to quit will be some combination of emotional support, a method to change personal habits, AND some sort of medicinal therapy, most commonly known as nicotine replacement therapy.

Factsheets (in PDF format)

For more information, contact Linda Dudman in the UHS Health Promotion Office at (585) 273-5770 or