WCH Tobacco Cessation
Smoking Cessation Help
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the US alone and approximately 8.6 million Americans suffer from smoking-related lung and heart disease.
Let us help you quit.
The tobacco cessation staff at Wooster Community Hospital is friendly and knowledgeable in addressing the five keys to quitting: preparation, support, and encouragement, learning new skills and behaviors, obtaining and using medications correctly, and being prepared for relapse or difficult situations.
What we provide:
- One-on-one weekly 30-minute counseling sessions with a respiratory therapist
- Education about the various nicotine replacement therapies and medications, and alternative methods used for cessation
- Guidance and support; plus, we will contact your physician to obtain any required prescriptions for medications related to cessation
Insurance is accepted for this six-week program. Please check with your provider about whether your plan covers tobacco cessation programs.
Health Benefits of Quitting
Once you have quit tobacco, a series of changes occur in the body. These include:
After quitting smoking
- 20 minutes after quitting, the heart rate and blood pressure decrease
- 1 – 9 months after quitting, coughing, congestion, and shortness of breath decrease
- 5 – 15 years after quitting, risk of stroke decreases to that of a nonsmoker
- 10 years after quitting, risk of lung cancer and coronary artery disease drops to half of that of a current smoker
After quitting smokeless tobacco
- Risk of oral and other cancers is reduced
- Bad breath decreases
- Further bone loss, gum recession, and/or tooth decay is prevented
- Mouth sores are able to heal and are less likely to become cancerous
For more information about the tobacco cessation program at Wooster Community Hospital, call (330) 263-8329.