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Are you one of the thousands of American’s trying to quit smoking or chewing tobacco? If so, the Great American Smokeout can be the one day you can do it — quit, and for good. The Great American Smokeout is held every year on the third Thursday of November, this year Nov. 21, to help people quit their tobacco use for at least one day, in hopes they will quit forever. More people quit smoking and chewing on this day than any other day of the year.
If the Great American Smokeout isn’t incentive enough for you to quit, then the Tobacco Cessation Programs at Mayo Clinic Health System can help. In recognition of the Great American Smokeout, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin’s Tobacco Cessation Program will be holding an open house 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 21 in the Patient Education and Resource Center, located across from Customer Service on the first floor of the medical center, 1000 First Drive N.W. The open house will include free carbon monoxide screening and information about how to quit.
Over 10 million Americans take the Great American Smokeout challenge during the one day event and quit smoking and chewing for the day, and many of those people go a step further and quit for good.
Typical Tobacco Cessation Program
At Mayo Clinic Health System, our Tobacco Cessation Program is staffed by a tobacco treatment specialist experienced in treating tobacco addiction. Patients can be referred to the program by their provider or they can be self-referred. Treatment is tailored to each patient’s needs and always includes individual counseling, medication therapy and follow-up care. A typical program includes:
- Individual consultation and counseling — In-depth assessment of a patient’s tobacco use and development of a treatment plan; assistance with, understanding and changing nicotine-dependence behaviors.
- Relapse prevention — Follow-up care for advice and encouragement per phone is available. Additional face-to-face follow-up counseling is also open to the patient.
- Prescription therapy — Medication can be prescribed to help quit tobacco use and ease symptoms of withdrawal. Medications may include:
- Nicotine patches
- Nicotine gum
- Chantix (tablet)
- Bupropion (tablet)
- Nicotine nasal spray
- Nicotine inhaler
- Nicotine lozenge
For information about quitting tobacco use, please visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org.