The Tobacco Education & Treatment Program offered by the BeSmokeFree Program is for people who have decided to quit smoking, for those who are considering quitting, and for concerned relatives and friends of a tobacco dependent person.
This program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of trained specialists, with backgrounds in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, psychology, social work, spirituality, and tobacco dependence counseling.
* NICOTINE REPLACEMENT
Nicotine patches and gum are available without a prescription to help smokers cope with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. All program participants can qualify for one month’s free supply of patches or gum. Those individuals with family incomes below $45,000 annually can qualify for two month’s free supply.
* PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
The BeSmokeFree / UM-AHEC Quit Smoking Now program uses varenicline (Chantix), a prescription medicine that helps reduce the urge to smoke and contains no nicotine. Prescription nicotine “puffer” and nasal sprays also are used as nicotine replacement therapies.
When performed by trained smoking cessation experts, counseling is an effective and critical component of any quit smoking effort. In fact, according to a recent study in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” counseling, when combined with certain prescription drugs, can double the success rate of individuals who are trying to stop smoking.
* ACUPUNTURE, COLD LASER, AND HYPNOSIS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
Some believe these therapies can help smokers quit, and in certain cases, these are offered in collaboration with qualified, licensed providers.