Tobacco Cessation Program

Why Quit Now?

Smoking increases your chances of developing emphysema, heart disease, and lung and other cancers. It is a scientific fact that quitting smoking, no matter how long you have been smoking, does decrease your risk of smoking related diseases and it does improve your health. Five years after quitting, the risk of lung cancer decreases by almost half.  People who quit smoking experience improved cardiovascular function which means lower blood pressure and more energy. They also enjoy a renewed sense of taste and smell.

How The Program Works

Some routines aren't easy to change, especially when you try to change them on your own. Genesis Medical Center is committed to helping you reach a healthier lifestyle. We'll make the maximum use of your time during four one-hour sessions held over a four-week period. All of the methods and activities contain the most effective elements for success. The single most important element is you and your dedication to fight the addiction to nicotine that makes you want to smoke.

Smoking Cessation is a two part process; stopping and staying stopped. Individuals differ as to which part is most difficult for them, so the group and your facilitator will help you stop smoking as quickly as possible and you will learn techniques for ending your physical and psychological need to smoke. A kit with materials for you to review and use at the meetings and at home will be provided.

Each session will give you the opportunity to ask questions and share your reactions with the group. We will discuss:

  • methods of quitting
  • use of nicotine replacement
  • fighting urges to smoke
  • addressing the physical symptoms of withdrawal from smoking highlighting the benefits of not smoking
  • discussion of prescription medications
  • We'll give you concrete ways to handle two major obstacles for many ex-smokers: weight control and stress management


To accommodate a variety of busy schedules, the Genesis Smoking Cessation Program is offered periodically throughout the year. For more information or to sign up for the next available class, please call Pulmonary Rehab at 563-421-6991.


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