Smoking cessation programs

UCHealth providers know well that stopping smoking can be a very tough challenge. Only about four percent of smokers are able to quit smoking without assistance.

The adverse effects of tobacco use

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable death in Colorado and in the country. Among the many health risks of any tobacco use are cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, and blood clots.

Helping smokers kick the habit

UCHealth offers a number of smoking cessation resources to the communities we serve, including smoking cessation classes, support groups, and nicotine treatments—all aimed at helping interested individuals stop using tobacco and start a living a healthier life.

Quit smoking programs

The DIMENSIONS at University of Colorado Hospital

The DIMENSIONS program includes a six-week open group that provides emotional, informational, and social support for tobacco reduction and cessation. This program is provided courtesy of University of Colorado Hospital and the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (part of the CU Medical School on the Anschutz Medical Campus).

Tobacco cessation at Memorial Hospital

Tobacco cessation classes are offered at Printers Park Medical Plaza. Among the topics presented:

  • Preparing to quit
  • Choosing your quit date
  • Creating a non-smoking environment
  • Nicotine effects
  • Nicotine products
  • Other products
  • Coping with withdrawal
  • Healthy Living: “The granola effect”
  • Staying quit
  • Sources to help, and
  • Success stories.

For more information, call 719.444.CARE (2273).

In northern Colorado

  • Call 970.495.8151 for information about Poudre Valley Hospital’s inpatient smoking cessation program.
  • Call 970.224.5209 for information about the smoking cessation program offered by the Health District of Northern Larimer County.

Smoking cessation treatments

Typically cessation programs offer several treatments that can help you stop smoking, including:

  • Nicorette® – a nicotine gum that helps reduce the symptoms of withdrawal from quitting smoking
  • Zyban® – a non-nicotine tablet that reduces the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal
  • Nicotine skin patches – patches that help wean smokers off of nicotine

Get information on respiratory and lung care services at UCHealth.