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Save Money, Quit Smoking

Brian Patson, MDBrian Patson, MD
Hematology oncology
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Eliot Friedman, MDEliot Friedman, MD
Hematology oncology
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Are you already devoting a big chunk of your monthly budget to cigarettes? Has the recent statewide tax increase made your wallet even lighter? Then why not quit smoking today.

According to the National Cancer Institute, in terms of smoking, your risk for developing cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Also, products such as cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco contribute to increased risk.

The good news: Putting down that cigarette and replacing it with a carrot stick, for example, can help reverse those risk factors.

“There are several types of agents, such as nicotine patches, available to help people quit smoking,” says Brian Patson, MD, with LVPG Hematology Oncology. “Yet in order to quit smoking, you really have to want to quit. And the people around you – like your family members in your household – need to be on board.”

Tips to help you quit

Patson’s colleague, hematologist oncologist Eliot Friedman, MD, offers these tips to help you while you try to break the smoking habit:

  • Drink lots of liquids.
  • Avoid alcohol and coffee.
  • Keep your hands busy.
  • Start exercising.
  • Consider using nicotine substitutes.

The Tobacco Treatment Program

Private and confidential counseling also increases your chances for living smoke-free. Lehigh Valley Health Network offers a private and confidential Tobacco Treatment Program that will help you quit. The program offers over-the-phone and face-to-face counseling.

Concerned about your lungs?

Download your free guide for information about prevention and treatment of lung cancer. Visit LVHN.org/HYLung

With the Tobacco Treatment Program:

  • Your confidentiality is ensured; only you and your counselor will know you are trying to stop.
  • You can make calls from your home, your car or wherever you feel comfortable.
  • All your sessions can be done over the phone if you prefer.
  • You will get help to navigate the physical and psychological withdrawal associated with quitting smoking.

The Tobacco Treatment Program is located at 1243 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. in Allentown, Pa. Call 610-402-CARE for more information.

Need Help?

Call 888-402-LVHN (5846) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Walk-In Care

If you have a minor illness, you can walk into an ExpressCare or schedule a video visit. For allergies, ear infections, cold and flu symptoms, rash and sprains.

Find an ExpressCARE Schedule a video visit

Schedule Online

Book the next available "new patient" appointment with the click of a button.

Schedule Now

How You Can Help Our Mission How You Can Help Our Mission

This is a non-profit organization. Please consider donating to help heal, comfort and care.

Learn more »