Patient & Visitor InformationContact Us
  • Smoking Resources

  • Smoking Cessation Program

    Ronnesia Gaskins, PhD, MSPH, from The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, discusses smoking cessation tips and how to help keep New Year's resolutions to quit smoking.

    Quitting smoking takes skill. It takes practice and effective outside support. Most smokers try to quit and fail seven times on average before they are successful. Why? Because nicotine manages your moods and feelings. So when you feel blue or low, cigarette provides a quick, though dangerous, pick-me-up. Smokers need extra support in managing responses to moods.

    How do I start?

    The first thing we do is talk with you. We start with your medical history and go on to take a broader look at you and your situation. What is your level of addiction? What are your reasons for smoking? Are there any associated health problems? We address your fear of weight gain, increased stress, or lack of confidence that you can do it. We tailor your treatment program specifically to you.

    Treatment Options

    The most effective way to treat nicotine addiction is to address all aspects of the problem. Treatment might include:

    • nicotine replacement therapy (the patch)

    • individual or group therapy

    • new medications

    • exercise and/or dietary counseling

    We teach techniques for managing depression, anxiety and sadness, as well as behavior management strategies to deal with the "triggers" that lead to smoking. Most people complete our program in 6 to 10 sessions.

    Learn more or call 401-793-8770 for more information. 

    Participate in a Research Study

    The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine periodically offers clinical trials or studies on smoking cessation. Your participation may result in scientific advances in smoking management and cessation.

    Visit the Program in Nicotine and Tobacco Research to learn about current research studies currently enrolling participants.

    Nicotine and Substance Use Research

    The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine aims to improve health through behavioral change and the integration of behavioral and biomedical science using clinical, community and laboratory-based research.

    Programs range from those that focus on primary prevention (e.g., promoting tobacco cessation, preventing weight gain, increasing physical activity, and HIV/AIDS prevention) to improving the effectiveness of treatment and enhancing quality of life.

    Learn about laboratory research in nicotine and substance use.