St. Peter’s Health Launches New Evidence-Based Tobacco Cessation Program
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St. Peter’s Health Primary Care Physician Dr. Andrew Gilbert emphasizes that starting a conversation with your physician about your desire to quit is a great place to start. Only around 30 percent of people who want to quit using tobacco indicate that they visited their primary care provider to discuss options. According to Dr. Gilbert, “we definitely want to have conversations with our patients about what is available to help them quit. From a health perspective, helping patients quit smoking is one of the most important things that we can do for their overall and long-term health and well-being.”
Multiple failed attempts to quit can discourage tobacco users from trying again or trying available programs. It is estimated that people who successfully quit using tobacco have tried seven to ten times before they are successful. For Larese, the most important message is that quitting tobacco is possible for anyone. “We want all tobacco users to participate in this program, no matter how many times they have tried to quit or if this is their first time. By quitting you can save money, regain your health and extend your life or the lives of your loved ones. No matter how long you have used tobacco or what kind of tobacco you use, you can quit.”
Community members interested in learning more about the tobacco cessation program can send an inquiry to the St. Peter’s Wellness Team by visiting www.sphealth.org/tobaccocessation or calling 447-2527.