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Tobacco Treatment

Stopping tobacco use is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Most people who quit can live longer and feel healthier, even if they have used tobacco for many years. For example, even smokers with serious health problems such as lung cancer and emphysema will experience health benefits from quitting.

If you have tried to quit tobacco, you know how hard it can be. It’s easy to get discouraged but don't give up. There are proven ways to help you quit successfully and we are here to help.

This page offers support and tools for tobacco users, their friends and family members to help individuals quit and stay quit. If you have more questions about tobacco and your health, talk to your doctor or nurse.

Using tobacco and smoking cigarettes are unhealthy for you. Smoking also affects those around you; your spouse, your children, pets, co-workers, and other family members.

Each time you quit, you learn things about yourself. With support, you can use what you've learned from past attempts to develop a plan to quit for good. You can also learn and practice new strategies to deal with things you found difficult the last time around.


Double or Triple Your Success

Tobacco users who try medications to quit can be more successful than people who quit without medications. Many health insurers cover all or some of the cost of these medicines and/or offer additional quitting resources to their members. Check with your insurance company or ask your pharmacist to find out what your plan covers.

Click here for the CHA Pharmacy.

CHA Tobacco Treatment Program

CHA has a Tobacco Treatment Program to help and support tobacco users quit. Our trained Tobacco Treatment Specialists work with you to develop a plan that is best for you. Our Tobacco Treatment Specialists are ready Monday through Friday to answer any questions you may have, and to make referrals where appropriate. Call 617-591-6922 for more information on tobacco use and quitting, and what CHA has to offer.

Community Tobacco Education

CHA’s Tobacco Treatment Program offers workshops and educational sessions on tobacco treatment in the community, including community events. This lets us provide the public with accurate information about tobacco use and effective ways to quit, and to increase awareness of the tobacco cessation resources.

Many of our patients speak a language other than English at home. That’s why CHA has information in many languages to motivate and inspire tobacco users to quit. These cover topics including reasons to quit, medicines to help you quit, support for quitting, the health rewards of quitting and many more. Call 617-591-6922 for more information on tobacco use and quitting, and what CHA has to offer.

Make Smoking History

Make Smoking History is a free stop-smoking service from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The interactive website can help you design your own quit plan, track how you are doing, and celebrate big steps on the way. Brochures and flyers are available.

More Resources to Help

 

QUITWORKS

QuitWorks is a collaboration between the MA Department of Public Health and Massachusetts health plans. The program offers free telephone-based tobacco treatment to patients who are referred by their healthcare providers. QuitWorks also connects patients to all of the state's tobacco treatment services.

Stopping smoking and the use of other tobacco products is the most important step tobacco users can take to protect their health. Studies show that evidence-based helplines are effective and have increased quit smoking rates by 20% to 30%.

  • Makes up to 4 attempts to contact a patient, within 3 business days of receiving a provider’s referral.
  • Completes a 10- to 15-minute intake assessment and brief motivational call with every referred patient contacted.
  • Faxes an initial update report to the referring provider that includes whether or not the patient was reached and services selected.
  • Can sometimes offers free nicotine replacement to patients who pass a medical screener and sends the product to the patient’s home.
  • Schedules up to 5 telephone-based counseling sessions with each patient who elects counseling.

Fast facts about quitting

When you quit smoking, your body gets healthier in just minutes, and the benefits last a lifetime! See below for surprising and encouraging information about what happens to your body when you quit smoking.

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops. The temperature in your hands and feet rises.
  • 8 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide (a gas that can be toxic) in your blood drops to normal.
  • 4 hours after quitting, your chance of having a heart attack goes down.
  • 2 days after quitting, you can taste and smell things better.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, you have better circulation. Your lungs start working better.   
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting, coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath go down. Your lungs are now healthier, lowering your risk of lung infections.
  • 1 year after quitting, your risk for heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
  • 5 years after quitting, your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who never smoked.
  • 10 years after quitting, your risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a smoker's. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting, your risk of heart disease is the same as someone who never smoked

 

    Contact Us

  • CHA Tobacco Treatment

    Call to request flyers and handouts to display in your community. P: (617) 591-6922