Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program
Smoking is an addiction that can be overcome with guidance, support and a committed mindset. The Washington University Living Well Center® Smoking Cessation Program will help you quit smoking for good so you can live guilt-free. Our next 7-week smoking cessation program begins June 22, and includes eight 90-minute sessions held virtually in a group setting.
Ready to quit smoking? Join our program today!
How our program is different
The Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program gives you expert help and support so you can quit smoking cigarettes. You'll receive guidance you can trust, and direct access to medical services like acupuncture and nutritional counseling to help you quit smoking.
How the program can help you
The Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program follows the principles of the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking® program. In the program, you'll work with nurse practitioner Corri Payton, MSN, APRN, BC, who is specially trained to help you quit smoking.
The program is a virtual 7-week course that includes eight 90-minute classes. The program is designed in a group format and incorporates both nicotine replacement therapy (products like nicotine patches and nicotine gum) and counseling to help you give up cigarettes and stay smoke-free.
In the program, your quit plan will include celebrating your success and progress, and finding helpful ways to overcome the challenges of quitting. The group setting allows you to hear from other people who are also quitting. It also gives you extra support, accountability and motivation to quit.
While a group setting has many benefits, it may not be for everyone. If you’re interested in meeting with a specialist one-on-one, we offer that service as well.
Take the first step
Join the program or ask about an individual smoking cessation counseling session by calling (314) 514-3565.
Did you know your health improves just 30 minutes after you quit smoking?
- After less than 30 minutes: your pulse, blood pressure, and the temperature of your hands and feet return to normal.
- After 8-24 hours: your blood’s oxygen and carbon monoxide levels return to normal and your risk of heart attack decreases.
- After 48-72 hours: your sense of smell and taste increases, nerve endings begin to regenerate and your breathing becomes easier.
- After 2 weeks to 3 months: your lungs work up to 30% better, circulation improves and walking is easier.
- One year after quitting: your risk of having a heart attack drops by 50%.
- 10 years after quitting: your risk of dying from lung cancer becomes about equal to that of a non-smoker.
Smoking and bone health
Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and bones and decreases bone density, which can cause brittle bones. It can also lessen the production of white blood cells which increases the risk for an infection. In fact, smokers are six times more likely to develop a wound infection following surgery and 3.7 times more likely to develop osteomyelitis, or an infection in the bone. If you have an orthopedic condition, stopping smoking will allow your body to recover faster and prevent an infection after an injury or surgery.
Learn more about the program in the video below.
Become a quitter!
Source: Argintar E, Triantafillou K, Delahay J, Wiesel B: The musculoskeletal effects of perioperative smoking. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2012;20(6):359-63.