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Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program

Smoking is an addiction and can be conquered with guidance, support and a committed mindset. The Washington University Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program will provide you the tools and resources to be successful in your journey to become smoke-free.

Did you know your health begins to improve 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.

About our program

The Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program follows the principals of the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking® program, and is conducted by Corri Payton, MSN, APRN, BC, a Freedom From Smoking® facilitator. The program is designed in a group format, and incorporates both nicotine replacement therapy and counseling to improve success. 

During the course of the program, participants develop a plan-of-action for achieving their goals, and will focus on celebrating successes and finding positive ways to overcome the unique challenges becoming smoke-free can present. The group setting allows participants to be surrounded by others going through the same journey, which encourages support, accountability and motivation. While a group setting has many benefits, it may not be for everyone. If you’re interested in individual sessions, the Living Well Center offers one-on-one smoking-cessation counseling as well. Learn more about our smoking cessation program in the video below. 

How our program is different

The Living Well Center Smoking Cessation Program provides participants coordinated care and direct access to a variety of medical services, including acupuncture and nutritional counseling, which can also help with smoking cessation.

Ready to quit?

Our smoking cessation program is a revolving class held every 8-10 weeks on Fridays from 2pm-4pm at the Living Well Center, located in Medical Office Building 4 on the Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Campus. To join our program, or to ask about an individual smoking cessation counseling session, please call (314) 514-3565.


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. 

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