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Smoking Cessation

When you're ready to quit smoking, EvergreenHealth’s Smoking Cessation program offers a focused, one-on-one approach to help you.

Our Smoking Cessation providers are clinical pharmacists who focus on wellness programs and have specialized training in smoking cessation therapies.

Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Smoking is an addiction.

It changes the biochemistry of your brain. So your body has to undo that, and start rewiring your brain to adapt to a smoking-free lifestyle.

That can be a very slow learning process.

In addition, your smoking may be linked to pleasurable behaviors, such as having a cigarette with your first cup of coffee in the morning. Our program works to change those behavioral triggers with cognitive therapies that help you disassociate the behaviors that you had previously linked together.

Our three-pronged approach

1. Counseling

Through a detailed interview, your pharmacist will gain an understanding of your past quit attempts and provide a counseling strategy tailored to your needs and goals.

2. Medication management

Smoking cessation success increases significantly when medications are combined with counseling.

Your pharmacist will work with you to select an appropriate smoking cessation medication plan.

Through follow-up visits, your pharmacist will closely monitor the medication prescribed to ensure it is the best fit for you.

3. Diet and exercise

Your pharmacist will provide diet and exercise recommendations to help support your smoking cessation goal.

Our program's proven success

Studies show that people who have the best success at quitting smoking for the longest period of time are those who decide they're done, and they just stop. While some people can quit this way, at least 95% percent of smokers can't.

But those who use our Smoking Cessation program beat those odds.

For a total of 165 patients seen and tracked in 2018 (the latest year data is available):

  • 67% remain non-smokers after 6 months
  • 70% remain non-smokers after 1 year

How to get started

You will need a physician referral to enroll in the Smoking Cessation program. Once we have received a referral from your physician, we will contact you to schedule your first appointment.

Download our referral form for smoking cessation

Your visit with a pharmacist is typically covered by insurance, but you will want to verify this coverage with your individual health plan.

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