Countdown to a Tobacco-Free Policy

Click this section to review our most recent correspondence to our provider agencies along with an archive of past communications and messages.

The Division of Addiction Psychiatry is located at 317 George Street, Suite 105, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Our researchers are always looking for individuals to participate in our studies. Click here to learn more about our current studies.

The mission of the ASPARC initiative is to provide our New Jersey Residential Addiction Programs with the knowledge and tools they require to effectively provide their program staff and clients with opportunities and resources to quit smoking.

This website is full of useful information. We hope you will explore our pages and find the information provided helpful.

In 1964, the first Surgeon General’s report on the effects of smoking on health was released. In the nearly 50 years since, extensive data from thousands of studies have consistently substantiated the devastating effects of smoking on the lives of millions of Americans. Yet today in the United States, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease for both men and women.

More than 1,000 people are killed every day by cigarettes, and one-half of all long-term smokers are killed by smoking-related diseases. A large proportion of these deaths are from early heart attacks, chronic lung diseases, and cancers. For every person who dies from tobacco use, another 20 Americans continue to suffer with at least one serious tobacco-related illness. But the harmful effects of smok­ing do not end with the smoker. Every year, thousands of nonsmokers die from heart disease and lung cancer, and hundreds of thousands of children suffer from respiratory infections because of exposure to secondhand smoke. There is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke, and there is no safe tobacco product.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2010.

Attached is a Tobacco Free Policy Template you can use as a guide to create your own policy.

Following are a few sections that may be of interest to clinicians at our provider agency sites:

Clinician Trainings
This section of our website contains links to an array of interesting and informative on-line webinars, lectures and slide presentations. Each of the links provided on our site have been reviewd by Jose for accuracy and content. Please feel free to peruse this page and view these training. Please click here to go to the clinician training pages.
If you require in person training for your staff, please click here and complete the form for Jose to visit your agency.

Events Calendar
The events calendar page will reflect our monthly calendar. Agency representatives will be able to
see what area of New Jersey we will be visiting on a specific day. If we're near your facility and you request a technical visit we may be able to accomodate your invitation. This calendar will also list any training opportunities that we are offering.

Smoking cessation timeline – the health benefits over time

In 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate decrease, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increase.

At 8 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood decreases. With the decrease in carbon monoxide, your blood oxygen level increases.

At 24 hours, your risk of having a heart attack decreases.

At 48 hours, nerve endings start to re-grow and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

Between 2 weeks and 3 months, your circulation improves, walking becomes easier and you don’t cough or wheeze as often. Phlegm production decreases.

In 1 to 9 months, coughs, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease as you continue to see significant improvement in lung function.

In 1 year, risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is reduced to half that of a smoker.

Between 5 and 15 years after quitting, your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

In 10 years, your risk of lung cancer drops. Additionally, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease. Even after a decade of not smoking however, your risk of lung cancer remains higher than in people who have never smoked. Your risk of ulcer also decreases.

In 15 years, your risk of heart disease and heart attack is similar to that of people who have never smoked. The risk of death returns to nearly the level of a non-smoker.


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