Jefferson Smoking Cessation Program
Jefferson’s smoking cessation program is a multi-dimensional organization which concerns itself with virtually all aspects of tobacco, including education, policy, evaluation sciences, clinical and biological research, and clinical treatment paradigms. There is no magic bullet for smoking cessation. This program is the core clinical program, and represents a sophisticated, multi-disciplinary, professional approach to smoking cessation. The treatment of tobacco use is highly medicalized, and is modeled on a chronic disease treatment paradigm, with emphasis on patient education, motivational strategies, nicotine replacement, use of other pharmacologic adjuncts, and a comprehensive and individualized approach. An experienced team of physicians, psychologists, counselors, and nurses devise and implement an integrated disease intervention that is tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs. All of the proven elements of effective smoking cessation recommended in the AHRQ guidelines are brought together in one convenient location, where office systems for education and follow-up remain in place. Intensive patient education and relapse prevention form the philosophical foundation of the program.