I’m Chris Wille. I’m a Nurse
Practitioner here at the Center for Community Health & Prevention. When
you’re ready to quit smoking, one of the best ways to do it is to incorporate
individualized counseling, along with medications. Quitting smoking will help
add years to your life, as well as provide you with a better quality of
life. It also helps decrease risk of lung disease, heart disease and some cancers.
People that participate in the program here at the Center for Community Health
& Prevention have about a 40% quit rate. The program here consists of
one-on-one counseling with either a tobacco counselor, a nurse practitioner
or a doctor. Along with that, we incorporate medications to kind of help
you with the withdrawal symptoms or the tobacco dependency. It’s normal to have
trouble quitting smoking and on the average it takes an individual up to
six times to quit smoking. The advantage of coming to a Tobacco
Dependency Program is that we can provide medications to help you through
withdrawal symptoms, as well as provide one-on-one counseling. So, this program is
different in that most people don’t talk to health care providers around
stopping smoking. You increase your odds of quitting by both using medications
and counseling. We offer one-on-one individual counseling, which is not
something that you really get much of when it comes to stopping smoking in the
community. The one-on-one counseling sessions are
really focused on education, a planning, strategizing around stopping smoking, and
prescribing medications. We also do phone consultations and telehealth via your
smart phone or computer or tablet. So, if you can’t get into the office, you have a
lot of options of staying in contact with us. Do you have any questions for me about this, or how it works, or why it would be better to meet in person? All patients are different. Everyone has
different ideas about what works, what doesn’t work, and my job is to try to
figure out what’s the best way for that person. So, there’s no real right way to
do it. The right way to do it is whatever way
works for you. Patients typically work with us on a weekly basis early on.
Usually weekly, until their quit for about a month, and then every two to four
weeks out to six months after their last puff. But that’s not a hard and fast rule.
We work with people at whatever pace is meaningful to them. We have a lot of
research that shows that the more time that you spend talking with a health
care provider about stopping smoking, whether it be a counselor, a physician, a
nurse, or someone else, the more time you spend the more likely you are to quit.
The best time to stop smoking is anytime. I work with people from age of 18 to 88.
So, if you feel like you’re ready to stop smoking, or if you’re not ready to stop
smoking, or if you’re thinking about it, we’re happy to talk to you. So, you can
find out more about our programs at the Center for Community Health &
Prevention by either talking to your doctor or giving us a call at 585-530-2050.