Smoking Cessation

Considering quitting?

Research shows that even people who have smoked for decades will see improvements in their health after they quit.

Smoking is currently the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, taking the lives of over 480,000 Americans annually. Smoking skims years off your life, and more than 60% of smokers will likely die from a tobacco-related illness. That's the bad news. The good news is no matter what your age, you can change and the professionals at Nebraska Medicine's Nicotine Dependence Clinic are here to help.

For most people, quitting smoking requires help, so don't hesitate to ask. Call 800-922-0000 and request the smoking cessation program with Tom Klingeman.

Choose Nebraska Medicine to help you quit smoking because we:

Offer a superior program with proven success rates

We offer a program that addresses the psychological and physical addiction to smoking. Psychological changes include altering routines and triggers that prompt smoking. The physical addiction to the nicotine may require weaning.

Merge the most effective therapies

We teach you how to cope with cravings and avoid things that trigger your desire to light a cigarette or chew tobacco. We also prescribe medication when necessary. This approach has proven to double, and sometimes triple, the rates at which people quit smoking.

Offer trained smoking cessation experts who can prescribe medication

The professionals you will see at Nebraska Medicine are not restricted to providing mental techniques for battling cravings. We have the ability to prescribe any of seven FDA-approved medications to help you quit smoking. Our clinic is staffed by Jill Selzle PA-C and Lauren Darrah PA-C, who received training and designation as Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists (CTTS) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists are professionals who are specifically trained to treat individuals seeking to stop using tobacco. Training entails understanding the science behind the addiction, withdrawal symptoms and effective treatments. Our CTTS help develop personal treatment plans and strategies, including effective and practical behavioral techniques, and recommendations regarding medications and potential side effects.

Help those who are not quite ready to Quit

We will convince you that it's worth quitting, and show you all the ways that we can help make it happen.

Provide a Lung Cancer Screening Program for particularly high-risk patients

Current and former smokers are considered high risk, in addition to patients who have had a 30-pack-year history (one pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years); among other groups.

Work near you

Clinic appointments are available from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays on the main campus in the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and one Thursday each month on the Village Pointe campus.

To schedule an appointment, call the thoracic surgery office at 402.559.4389 and ask for a Tobacco Dependence Clinic appointment.

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