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.

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.

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

This program includes a six-week open group that provides emotional, informational, and social support for tobacco reduction and cessation. The group meets weekly and covers such topics as stress management, wellness, and behavior change techniques. Group discussion and activities are incorporated into the weekly meetings. 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 each month. 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, search for tobacco cessation classes on our website or call 719.444.CARE (2273).

In northern Colorado:

Call 970.495.8151 for smoking cessation information.

Smoking cessation treatments

We 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

Learn more about smoking and find resources for quitting at our online Health Library.

Get information on respiratory and lung care services at UCHealth.

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