Tobacco Cessation Clinic
The road to quitting starts here!
Most of us know how tobacco use such as smoking, chewing or dipping, can
affect your health. However, as many of us know, quitting can be a difficult
and frustrating challenge. For many of us the use of tobacco is a long-time
habit and quitting is a permanent lifestyle change. Southwest General
can help community residents stop the habit and improve their health.
Tobacco Cessation Clinic
This professionally staffed clinic provides quality, evidence-based care
in a non-judgmental, supportive and one-on-one environment. The Tobacco
Cessation Clinic provides a combination of behavioral therapy and medication
that has been proven to dramatically increase the chance of success in
Professionals Who Care
Our certified smoking cessation specialists, pharmacists who approach each
patient with dignity, understanding and compassion. They are dedicated
in their mission to work with and support each patient achieve the goal
of being able to quit. Their work includes helping patients understand
the options available to them and to create a customized plan that will
help make it happen.
Comprehensive, Affordable Program
Southwest General’s Tobacco Cessation Clinic is a detailed highly
personalized program either individual appointments or class setting that includes:
- 60-minute consultation with a pharmacist
- Optional consultation with a licensed dietitian or respiratory therapist
- Individualized treatment plan using proven techniques, nicotine replacement
strategies and medications
- 24-hour “Quit Line” (number available upon sign-up)
- Goal setting with a plan to get you through nicotine addiction, triggers
- Pulmonary function testing and carbon monoxide monitoring if needed
- Financial assistance for prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Follow-up calls and visits, as needed
As soon as you quit smoking, your body begins a series of healing or recovery
changes that continue for years.
20 Minutes after quitting:
- Your heart rate drops to a normal level.
12 Hours after quitting:
- The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 Weeks to 3 Months after quitting:
- Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop.
- Your lung function begins to improve.
1 to 9 Months after quitting:
- Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
1 Year after quitting:
- Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 to 15 Years after quitting:
- Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
- Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, or esophagus is half
that of a smoker’s.
10 Years after quitting:
- Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker’s.
- Your risk of getting bladder cancer is half that of a smoker’s.
- Your risk of getting cervical cancer or cancer of the larynx, kidney, or
15 Years after quitting:
- Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker’s.
Quitting Just Makes “Cents”
Logically, quitting tobacco use just doesn’t affect just your health.
It also can affect your finances, too. Take smoking, for example. A pack-a-day
smoker spends the following on cigarettes (based on $6.24/pack). This
- 1 month - $189.80
- 1 year - $2,278
- 5 years - $11,388
Think about what your tobacco habit will cost you this month, this year,
in five years?
Consider the savings, and the health benefits.
Some health plans and employers help cover the cost of the program and
nicotine replacement products. The pharmacist will verify costs prior
to recommending / prescribing. Also, check into your benefits for more details.
Worried About the Weight Gain After Quitting Tobacco Use?
If you're concerned about gaining weight after you quit tobacco use,
consider joining LifeWorks of Southwest General, a premier health and
wellness facility. For more information, call LifeWorks at
440-816-4214 or visit www.lifeworksfitness.net.
We Look Forward to Helping You
Call today and set your "quit date". For an appointment to Southwest
General's Tobacco Cessation Clinic, call440-816-6743. Group classes are the second Tuesday of every month either at 8AM during
even numbered months or 4PM during odd numbered months. Individual sessions
can be arranged as well during clinic hours.
The Clinic is open:
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
In B-316, at the hospital's Main Campus,
18697 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights.