For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerry Carey
At UMDNJ-School of Public
Tobacco Dependence Clinic Enrolls 1,000th "Quitter"
Tobacco Dependence Clinic in New Brunswick at the University of
Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-School of Public
Health has enrolled its 1,000th patient since the clinic opened
less than three years ago.
"Even though our patients tend
to be highly addicted to tobacco, our success rates are higher
than the national average for similar programs," said Dr. Jonathan
Foulds, director of the Tobacco Dependence Program at the UMDNJ-School
of Public Health. "Patients who complete our clinic's programs
are four times more likely to succeed in quitting smoking than
those who try to quit on their own."
Patients at the clinic receive
individualized treatment that includes a comprehensive initial
assessment and a combination of counseling and medication to help
them beat their nicotine addiction. "Our typical patient has already
tried to quit smoking at least three times, has smoked a pack
of cigarettes a day for more than 25 years and usually 'lights
up' within 10 minutes of waking each morning," Dr. Foulds said.
The number of patients seen at
the Tobacco Dependence Clinic has steadily increased since it
opened its doors in January 2001. That month, 19 patients came
to the clinic for help with their tobacco addiction. Today, the
clinic sees around 120 patients each month and is on pace to see
as many new patients this year as it did in the previous two years
"We attribute our success to a
combination of psychological support and pharmacological treatment,
and we are pioneers in the use of combination pharmacotherapy
in the treatment of tobacco addiction," said Dr Foulds.
The clinic, which is funded by
the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, is the
treatment component of the Tobacco Dependence Program at the UMDNJ-School
of Public Health. In addition to treating patients, the staff
at the clinic is also involved in training staff at New Jersey's
network of tobacco dependence treatment centers known as New Jersey
To arrange an interview with Dr.
Foulds, contact Jerry Carey at the UMDNJ News Service at (856)
566-6171 or at (973) 972-3000. Interviews with patients of the
clinic are also available.
Details of the clinic's work can
be found at www.tobaccoprogram.org.
Click on, "What's New" and "Annual Report" for the clinic's latest
report, and click on "Stop Magazine" to see interviews with patients.
UMDNJ comprises New Jersey's only
medical schools, the state's only dental school, a nursing school,
a school of public health, a graduate school of biomedical sciences
and a school of health related professions on campuses in Newark,
Piscataway/New Brunswick, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford.
UMDNJ also operates University Hospital, Newark, and University
Behavioral HealthCare. It is affiliated with more than 200 health
care and educational institutions throughout the state.