Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. Tobacco use kills more than 440,000 Americans annually, including 6,000 per year in the state of Oregon and 78 people in Clatsop County. Approximately 50,000 Americans die every year from illnesses related to secondhand smoke.
Individual and group tobacco cessation counseling are available at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Research shows that quitting cold turkey by yourself has a 2 percent success rate. Quitting with nicotine replacement therapy and medications and counseling support (offered at CMH in both the individual and group settings) increases the success rate to between 30 and 40 percent.
Individual tobacco cessation counseling is available on a regular basis. Group tobacco cessation counseling is available through the Pharmacy Assisted Cessation Class (PACC), preregistration is required. Both options are billable to most insurances. Please contact the CMH Education Department at 503-338-7564 for upcoming PACC dates and information about individual tobacco cessation counseling.
If you or someone you know wants to quit tobacco use or you want more educational materials or resources about tobacco cessation, do not hesitate to contact the CMH tobacco cessation coordinator.