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Overview

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths each year. This estimate includes 41,000 deaths from second-hand smoke exposure.

In partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project Suburban Community Hospital offers tobacco cessation, prevention and advocacy services to help reduce the burden of tobacco-related diseases in Montgomery County.

The Tobacco Treatment Program at Suburban Community Hospital offers evidence-based cessation counseling to help patients address their smoking, vaping and tobacco addiction, acknowledge the need for treatment and work towards becoming nicotine and tobacco-free.

Why should I stop using tobacco?

Nicotine is the primary drug in tobacco that causes addiction. In addition to nicotine, tobacco smoke consists of over 7,000 chemicals and chemical compounds. At least 70 of them are known specifically to cause cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and there is no safe cigarette.

According to the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report, “smoking cessation is beneficial at any age. Smoking cessation improves health status and enhances quality of life.”

What about electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes?

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development which continues into the early to mid-20s. Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful ingredients that can be inhaled into the lungs and cause inflammation, pneumonia, and even life-threatening respiratory disease.

What are smoking’s effects on Covid-19 outcomes?

According to the World Health Organization, “Smoking impairs lung function, making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases. Available research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death.”

How can I stop using tobacco?

Most tobacco users want to quit but find it hard to break the cycle of tobacco dependence. People who seek support and use proven cessation methods can double their chances of success.

Our experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialist will assist you throughout the quitting process with support, compassion and understanding. Treatment plans are customized to the unique needs of each patient. Group, individual, and virtual tobacco treatment programs are offered throughout the year at no cost and provide the following tools to help you succeed:

  • Tobacco dependence education
  • Behavior change strategies
  • FDA cessation medication options
  • Stress management
  • Disease prevention screening and education
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Relapse prevention strategies
For dates and times of tobacco treatment programs or to speak with a Tobacco Treatment Specialist call: 610-270-8390