Doctor's Notes


Make Quitting Smoking Your New Year’s Resolution


Written by Michelle Chen

Every year, people around the world make New Year’s resolutions—to be more active, spend more time with family, eat healthier, and many more. If you are one of the 7 out of 10 U.S. smokers who want to quit smoking, now is the perfect time. 2016 is just around the corner!

7 Reasons to Quit Smoking

  1. Live a healthier and longer life. Smoking can cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes, blindness, and many types of cancer. Smokers killed by tobacco die about 14 years sooner than non-smokers.
  1. Be free of addiction. The nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive and what makes it so hard to quit. Medication can help you overcome addiction—control it before it controls you.
  1. Improve your family’s health. Secondhand smoke kills. Protect your children, family, and non-smokers around you. Smoke can linger in clothes and furniture and harm children and pets that touch them.
  1. Save money. Think of all the money you could save if you quit. Put that money toward things you need and want, like groceries or taking a family trip.
  1. Feel better. You will breathe easier, have more energy, and enjoy life longer.
  1. Quality of life. Your clothes and home won’t stink. Food will taste better.
  1. Have a healthy baby. Secondhand smoke can cause low birth weight. Babies of women who smoke are more likely to be sick or die and to be born too small or too soon.

We know quitting can be hard, but your health improves the moment you stop. Your loved ones will be thankful for it, too. Are you ready to take the next steps, but don’t know where to begin? Check out our Quit Smoking Today post for tips.

At the Health Center, we can help patients quit or cut back on smoking:

You can also get free patches and help from:

This article is made possible with funding from the RCHN Community Health Foundation and adapted from NYCDOHMH’s Health Bulletin.

Michelle Chen is a Health Educator at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She has a B.A. in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies from Barnard College. She is interested in the intersection of public health and Asian American activism.


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Remember Your Neighbor This Holiday Season

Senior mother and daughter.

Written by Bonnie Tse

The holidays are a special time for loved ones to get together. It can also be a great time to connect with and support the seniors and neighbors in your life, especially those who are living alone.

You can connect with your community seniors and neighbors by knocking on their door, taking a trip to the local store together, sharing a meal, or calling them over the phone. Ask them about their day, their health, and if they have plans for the holiday. Reaching out to them shows your willingness to understand and support them. You can also get the little ones involved by having them make holiday cards, art, and holiday gift bags for them.

For seniors living alone, physical limitations or health conditions can make traveling, socializing, cooking, and other household tasks challenging. If you can, offer your support. No effort is too small. Ask if there is anything you can do, whether it’s putting groceries away, changing a light bulb, or walking them to the bus stop. Taking the time to chat and provide emotional support can make what can be an isolating time of the year more joyful.

Do you know of a senior or neighbor living alone? Give them a call and see if you can spend time together. It may just be the best way to spread holiday cheer this season.

Written by Bonnie Tse. Bonnie Tse is a health educator at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Hunter College.