Thinking About Quitting?
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. While cigarette smoking has generally declined over the last several decades, its prevalence among adults in Clallam County is estimated at 18.9%, which exceeds state and national rates. To enhance and expand treatment options for patients using tobacco, we’ve launched the Well NOHN Tobacco Cessation Program.
The program is led by our behavioral health and pharmacy teams using an integrated approach that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy with customized prescription and over-the-counter medication plans. Over the course of several months of consultation and counseling, patients will receive the tools and support they need to reduce their dependence on nicotine, manage withdrawal symptoms, break old habits, and build motivation to live a tobacco-free life.
There is no additional program fee to participate. Many insurance companies cover the cost of smoking cessation in full or in part, including counseling and both over-the-counter and prescription medications. Copays, deductibles, and coinsurance may still apply. Please check with your insurance company for details.
We’ve got your back! Talk with your provider or a Patient Navigator today about quitting with a powerful assist from Well NOHN. Call (360) 452-7891 x2894 to learn more or to start your quit journey.
Go ahead, join millions of people around the country. Pick a quit date… you can do this!
What to Expect
You’ll receive support from your provider and your whole medical team. We’re behind you all the way.
Our pharmacist will help you choose a customized combination of prescription and over-the-counter medications to help quiet the nicotine cravings your body may feel in the early weeks or months of quitting.
You’ll work with one of our behavioral health providers to learn cognitive and behavioral skills and tactics to build motivation, break old habits, strengthen healthy new habits, and stay inspired to reach your goals for your tobacco-free life. Most participants will have about eight visits with their behavioral health provider.
We’ll provide you with a Well NOHN journal full of good information, tips, hacks, and skills for getting and staying tobacco free, and we’ll introduce you to the coolest smoking cessation app around.
What happens when you quit smoking?
Quitting smoking has major and immediate health benefits. Within minutes of quitting, your body begins to reverse the impacts of smoking, and the benefits accrue over time.
Heart rate and blood pressure decrease; the temperature of hands and feet begin to return to normal.
Carbon monoxide levels in the blood diminish.
Breathing is likely to be easier now; nerve endings in the body have regenerated so abilities to smell and taste begin their return.
Tobacco cravings and urges likely begin to diminish.
Circulation and lung function improve, and breathing is easier; cravings are shorter and less frequent.
Lung function continues to improve and heart attack risk drops; if you had a cough when you smoked, it is likely gone now.
Smoking-related nasal congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath have improved; cilia in the lungs have regrown to remove irritants and reduce infections.
Risk of stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular disease has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.
Risk of stroke, heart attack and pancreatic cancer has dropped to that of a non-smoker; risk of lung cancer is 30-50% less than a smoker’s; risk of mouth and throat cancer is significantly reduced.
Risk of death from all smoking-related causes is the same as that of someone who never smoked