Release Date: September 2, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. – For years, the University at Buffalo’s QUIT program attained an impressive success rate in helping smokers –especially heavy smokers – stop the deadly habit and staying off permanently.
Now, the program is making victory over tobacco even easier, and more affordable.
The QUIT Program, which is affiliated with the UB Psychology Department, offers a $15 discount for those smokers who sign up for its September or October group. The discounted price for either month stands at $50.
Trained clinicians running the successful program have helped 90 percent of individuals stay quit one month after completing the program – that’s a bargain for people who have struggled with smoking and need an effective plan to quit, for good.
“Our combination of group therapy and medication has been proven to result in the highest likelihood of staying quit,” says Lisa Germeroth, the founder of the QUIT Program. Germeroth and all other QUIT Program clinicians are advanced clinical psychology students who are working toward earning their PhDs, all familiar with state-of-the-art methods to get results that last.
Each QUIT Program consists of seven sessions over a three-week period. The group therapy sessions take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and Friday of Week Two.
“This program design offers the support needed to get through the initial quitting process and the resources needed to stay quit,” says Sharon Radomski, QUIT Program clinician.
Sessions will run in September, October, November and December, and begin the first full week of each month. The exception is the September group, which begins Monday, Sept. 8.
The program is open to anyone 18 years or older. While it is geared toward heavier smokers (10 or more cigarettes smoked per day), the program also has been successful in helping lighter smokers quit.
For registration and information, call the UB Psychological Services Center at 716-645-3697. The UB clinicians point out that even before the fall discount, the cost of being a non-smoker is priceless.
“Get a head start on your New Year's resolution to quit smoking and call us today to see if you are eligible for our program,” says Germeroth. “Remember, it is never too early or too late to quit smoking.”