Tobacco Cessation Program

St. Francis Tobacco Cessation is located at the St. Francis Community Health Center, 2600 Tower Drive in Monroe. 

The program’s hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday. If you have questions about the program for yourself or a family member, call (318) 966-QUIT.

What is the Tobacco Cessation Program?

  • Intake appointment with a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS)
  • Reviewing your medical history, medications and past attempts to quit
  • Consulting with our nurse practitioner or your physician to figure out what nicotine replacement therapy is right for you
  • Educating you about tobacco addiction
  • Creating a quit plan
  • Support sessions
  • Classes offered over a six- to eight-week period
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring at each session
  • Follow-up reassessments for one year

 

Why should I quit using tobacco?

  •  You will have fewer problems with your health.
  • The amount of money you will save will surprise you!
  • You can save the people you love from problems related to secondhand smoke.
  • Quitting tobacco use can help cut down on heartburn and snoring.
  • Your sense of smell and taste will improve.
  • You’ll breathe easier.

  

 

Why should I choose a program that has a certified tobacco treatment specialist (CTTS)?

  • Helps you understand tobacco addiction, nicotine withdrawals and  treatments
  • Gives you clear information about what happens when you use tobacco
  • Works with you to create a personal treatment plan
  • Provides effective treatment for all forms of tobacco and nicotine
  • Tracks your progress and follows up with you regularly for one year
  • Can work with your family members to help them understand how to support your cessation journey

 

Success Stories

Each person’s success is their own – no two journeys are the same on the path to quitting smoking. Some people have friends and family to cheer them on, while others go through the program quietly and privately. Some people participate in pairs of husbands and wives or parents and children, while others find friends in the program to support them.

Patient testimonials tell us the program works, no matter what path your journey takes:
  •  “My husband has tried for nearly 40 years to quit smoking. He tried hypnosis, medications, other programs, you name it. This is the first thing that has worked.” (One year later, the patient is still smoke-free.)
  • I don’t have anyone who will support me in this. They all think I’m crazy for wanting to quit.” (After seeing the patient’s success, her brother-in-law and sister have joined the program and successfully quit as well.)
  • “I wish my wife would join, but she just isn’t ready.” (Both the patient and his wife have now quit smoking and are consistent advocates for the program in the community.)
  • “My carbon monoxide levels were off the chart. It was dangerous. At my last session, I had dropped to the level of a non-smoker, and it made me feel good to see that number drop so low.” (Carbon monoxide levels are monitored at each session, and education is provided about why this is important.)

 

Every person who comes into the program has a story to tell, and that is where our true success is – in the people we help. We feel our strength – and our greatest impact – lies in the individual lives we are honored to have touched.
 
It’s the sisters who were 40+ year smokers but have relied on each other as support to quit.
 
It’s the home health nurse whose patient had joined the program and referred her, and now not only has she quit after nearly 50 years of smoking, but two of her sisters have joined the program as well.
 
It’s the man who was soon to be a grandfather and knew he needed to quit for his grandson who can now hold that little boy without fear of exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
 
It’s the lady who has little income and has to ration her bus passes who makes sure she makes it to her appointments so she can quit smoking and improve her quality of life.
 
It’s the mother who is now able to stay overnight and enjoy the trip when she takes her son to his medical appointments in New Orleans because of the money she saved from no longer buying cigarettes.
 
The stories go on and on. These stories – these people – are our legacy. Their success defines our impact, and the generation-upon-generation impact of tobacco cessation is nearly immeasurable.

Helpful Resources

E-Cig Fact Sheet
Secondhand Smoke
Smoking and Asthma
Smoking and Diabetes
Smoking and Surgery
Tobacco Cessation Withdrawal Symptoms Management
Tobacco Intervention for Early COPD

Whatever path you take, the important part is that you get started. If you want to quit smoking and succeed like these people, give us a call at (318) 966-QUIT (7848).

Our office is located at 2600 Tower Drive in the St. Francis Community Health Center in Monroe. The journey isn't always easy, but getting started is.