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Our Smoking Cessation Program

The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Colorado. Stopping tobacco use can be a challenging task for anyone. Only about 4% of smokers are able to quit smoking without assistance.

University of Colorado Hospital offers patients and the community at large a free tobacco cessation program to help interested individuals stop using tobacco and start a healthier life.

The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program includes a 6-week open group that provides emotional, informational and social support for tobacco reduction and cessation.

The group meets weekly and covers such topics as stress management, wellness, and behavior change techniques. Group discussion and activities are incorporated into the weekly meetings.

The program, provided courtesy of University of Colorado Hospital and the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, is run by Dr. Rebecca Richey.

Interested in participating? Call (303) 724-8077.

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
  • Exercising
  • 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


Secondhand smoke harms those around you

What Tobacco Use Does

Each year, tobacco use causes approximately 440,000 preventable deaths in the United States. The leading causes of tobacco-related deaths are:

  • Lung and other cancers (164,000)
  • Heart disease (126,000)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (93,000)
  • Stroke (16,000)

About 44 million U.S. adults (18 years and over) smoke. In Colorado, 17.6% of the adult population – over 658,000 individuals – are cigarette smokers. Each year in the U.S. nearly 400,000 people under the age of 18 become daily smokers.

Exposure to secondhand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year among adults in the U.S.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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!