Tobacco Cessation Services
Penrose-St. Francis Tobacco Cessation Services
Tobacco addiction is as difficult to overcome as any other drug dependence. The process may involve a series of attempts. Don’t be discouraged if you’ve tried to quit without success. Getting the right tools to match your needs can boost your chances of success tremendously.
Penrose-St. Francis offers evidence-based care for tobacco dependence for patients receiving care at the hospital or for those with a referral to our program from their physician. This includes assessment of nicotine dependence, education regarding correct tobacco cessation medication use, strategizing for challenges, and appropriate follow up to avoid relapse.
Tobacco related illnesses are the most preventable illnesses. Cessation support can be an invaluable strategy to assist smokers early and to prevent further hospital admissions due to tobacco related disease.
Penrose Hospital Tobacco Cessation Program
If you are not a recent patient of Penrose Hospital or do not have a referral from your physician, please contact the Colorado QuitLine at 1.800.QUIT.NOW. The QuitLine provides free personalized coaching as well as free nicotine patches for most participants.
Benefits of Quitting – Did You Know?
- Within 8 hours of quitting: Carbon monoxide levels drop and oxygen levels go back to normal.
- Within 48 hours of quitting: The chances of having a heart attack start decreasing, and the senses of taste and smell start improving.
- Within 72 hours of quitting: Bronchial tubes relax, which makes breathing easier, and lung capacity increases.
- Within 2 weeks to 3 months of quitting: Blood circulation gets better, and lung function improves by as much as 30%.
- Within 6 months of quitting: Coughing, tiredness, sinus congestion and shortness of breath all improve.
- Within 1 year of quitting: The risk of heart attack due to smoking falls to half that of someone who still smokes.
- Within 10 years of quitting: The risk of dying from lung cancer falls to half that of someone who still smokes.
- Within 15 years of quitting: The risk of dying from a heart attack becomes the same as for someone who has never smoked.