Our Smoking Cessation Program
Why Choose the Smoking Cessation Program at University of Colorado Hospital?
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Colorado. Stopping smoking is a difficult task for anyone.
The University of Colorado Hospital Smoking Cessation Program is a five-week program developed to assist smokers with kicking the habit. The program is staffed by experts in smoking cessation. Our goal is to provide the support and advice you need to quit tobacco use for good.
Our group sessions provide information on:
- Managing withdrawal symptoms
- Recognizing triggers for smoking
- Breaking smoking habits
- Changing your lifestyle
There is no cost for the program and smoking cessation products are available at a reduced cost.
Questions? Call (303) 724-3715.
Patient Education & Resources
Treatments to help you quit smoking
University of Colorado Hospital provides several treatments to help you stop smoking, including:
Nicorette® – a nicotine gum that helps to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal from quitting smoking.
Zyban® – a non-nicotine tablet that reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.
Nicotine skin patches – patches that help wean smokers off of nicotine.
Additional tips for quitting smoking include:
- Breaking and throwing away all cigarettes
- Taking deep breaths
- Rewarding yourself with oral substitutes, such as sugarless
- Eating three meals to maintain blood sugar levels
- Drinking plenty of liquids to cleanse the body of nicotine.
Additional Smoking Cessation Resources
American Lung Association
Colorado Quitline or (800) 639-QUIT
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
What Tobacco Use Does
Each year, tobacco use causes approximately 400,000 preventable deaths in the United States. The leading causes of tobacco-related deaths are:
- Heart disease (115,000 deaths)
- Cancer (136,000)
- Chronic lung disease (60,000)
- Stroke (27,000)
About 47 million U.S. adults smoke. This number includes 23 percent of all adults and 30 percent of all adolescents.
No better time to quit
The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that 36 million people in the U.S. have quit smoking.
According to the ALA, nine of 10 smokers say they want to quit. Today is the best day to put those thoughts into action!