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Smoking Cessation

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 440,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $75 billion in direct medical costs (Source CDC). Many smokers realize the health problems associated with smoking and tobacco and would like to quit but have been unsuccessful. Studies show that people using help from their doctor's office are more successful in quitting tobacco use and preventing or lessening the resulting health problems.

The physicians of American Health Network recognize the problems smoking can cause and have been proactive in creating and offering Smoking Cessation Programs in many of their facilities. These facilities have respiratory therapists on staff to evaluate needs, educate patients, develop cessation plans and, working with AHN physicians, adjust prescriptions as necessary. More than 25% of patients entering these AHN programs have successfully quit smoking.

Benefits of American Health Network's Smoking Cessation Programs:

  • Our respiratory therapists are teachers, coaches and skilled operators of the latest testing equipment.
  • AHN Offices are proactive in helping smokers identify related health problems. Unlike many smoking programs AHN screens patients in their smoking programs for lung diseases such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) - often finding early stage disease that wouldn't be caught otherwise.
  • From the very first appointment, which typically lasts an hour, the patients get in depth information, including a customized plan to stop smoking and follow up appointments every two weeks until the patient quits or gains enough confidence to quit on their own.

To learn more about our Smoking Cessation Programs contact your doctor or search for a local doctor to schedule an appointment today.

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