Smoking Cessation

CT Lung Screenings

If you are, or have been a smoker and are 55+:

A lose dose CT Scan can quickly identify your risk of cancer. Each year, lung cancer causes more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. The earlier cancer is detected, the more treatable, and survivable it becomes.

Call (504) 885-4223 to schedule your CT Lung Screening and take charge of your health.

Test is covered by most insurances.

To Stop Smoking:

And, if you have been smoking since 1988 or sooner, and you are interested in quitting your smoking habit…EJGH offers a comprehensive program that includes counseling, support and medications that can help you finally regain your independence.

Click here for information on our free cessation program.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking and use of tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco, can cause or worsen many diseases and conditions, including but not limited to emphysema, lung cancer, mouth cancer, and heart disease. It is the leading cause of preventable death in this country.

What is Smoking Cessation?

Our free program provides proven counseling and medications to eligible patients to help you quit smoking successfully. It includes an individualized intake session on each person who enrolls in our counseling program. Classes meet for nine visits, once weekly, with sessions available in the morning and the evening for your convenience. Medications or Nicotine Replacement Therapy typically starts during the second session. Follow ups and ongoing support is available once the initial nine week period is over at various intervals to ensure a smoke-free future.

Who is Eligible?

The free program is available to any Louisiana resident who started smoking prior to September 1, 1988, however a cash discount is available to anyone who wishes to quit.

Does it Work?

All classes are taught by EJGH Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists, meaning the treatments are of the highest and most-effective quality available. If you have not had lasting success in your previous smoke-free attempts, now is your chance to quit for good, call 504-503-6322.


The goal of Pulmonary Rehabilitation is to restore the fullest functional capacity possible for patients with chronic lung disease. This involves diagnostic testing, patient education, respiratory therapy and physical conditioning to minimize the effects of the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fibrosis, emphysema, or sarcoidosis, our pulmonary rehabilitation center can help. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of education and exercise classes that teach you about you lungs, how to exercise or do other activities with less shortness of breath, and how to live better with your lung condition.

You'll learn more about topics such as stress management, nutrition, controlled breathing exercises, medication management, and self-care. The exercise classes will help you to be more active with less shortness of breath. Through these exercises you'll become stronger and feel better.

The program is broken down into three phases:

  • Phase 1 - The first phase of the program includes an assessment interview and diagnostic testing.
  • Phase 2 - During this phase, patients participate in six to ten weeks of outpatient therapy. Sessions last between one and two hours and are held three times per week.
  • Phase 3 - Phase three is a maintenance program in which patients participate in supervised exercise, including strength and aerobic training. Patients may participate in this phase for as long as they wish.

Support Groups

Better Breathers' Club
This group is for anyone with a chronic condition, like COPD or asthma that affects breathing. Meetings are bi-monthly. Call (504) 503-6320 for dates and locations.


Contact Information

Phone: (504) 503-6320
EJ North, 7th Floor
4320 Houma Blvd.

Asthma Management Services

Asthma Management Services provide an individualized step-by-step approach to managing asthma in adults and children. The goals of the plan are to prevent chronic symptoms, maintain (near) "normal" physiology, maintain normal activity levels, reduce long term-medical costs, provide optimal pharmacology, and meet patients' and families' expectations and satisfactions.

Asthma Action Team

The plan's multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Patient's physician
  • Certified asthma educators
  • Respiratory therapists

Patient Education

Education is the key component of the Asthma Management Action Plan. Through literature, videos, and one-on-one sessions with staff, patients learn topics such as:

  • Medication management
  • Delivery device instruction
  • Peak flow monitoring
  • Trigger proofing
  • Exercise
  • School and sports issues
  • Nutrition
  • Special situation management: seasonal asthma, cough variant asthma, exercise induced asthma, stress induced asthma, and asthma and pregnancy


Normally, a minimum of four sessions is recommended, but additional sessions may be necessary to meet an individual patient's needs. Each session may last one to two hours, and family participation is encouraged.

  • Session 1
    The first session includes an assessment interview and diagnostic spirometry. In addition, delivery device instruction and medication management will be reviewed.
  • Session 2
    The second session focuses on peak flow monitoring, including technique and adherence to an action plan.
  • Session 3
    The third session encompasses identifying the individual patient's triggers and developing ways to prevent the onset of asthma.
  • Session 4
    The fourth and last session includes another diagnostic spirometry, final delivery device review and an opportunity to develop a partnership between therapist and patient for long-term asthma management.

Contact Information

Phone: (504) 503-5701

For those patients afflicted with pulmonary disease, life can sometimes be frustrating and even frightening. When you are unable to use the full capacity of your airways, even everyday activities like gardening or climbing a flight of stairs can become daunting. That is why each patient of Pulmonary Services is assigned a team of experts who have a vast understanding of pulmonary conditions and access to the latest technologies for fast, accurate diagnoses and treatment. Our mission is to help everyone who comes through our doors breath easier.

Respiratory Care

Credentialed respiratory therapists administer the most innovative therapies to treat patients with acute and chronic pulmonary conditions. Our therapists also care for critically ill patients who may require airway management and the application of life support systems in the Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Pulmonary Function & Bronchoscopy

Pulmonary Function describes a broad range of breathing tests used to diagnose lung diseases or disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These tests measure how well the lungs take in and exhale air, and how efficiently they transfer oxygen into the blood.

Bronchoscopy is a procedure during which a pulmonary physician inserts a lighted endoscope into the trachea and advances it into segments of the airways. It may be used for either therapeutic or diagnostic purposes, such as to treat bronchial inflammation by clearing the airways, or to biopsy tissue in the lungs in order to make an accurate cancer diagnosis.

Sleep Disorders Program

Pulmonary Services works in conjunction with EJGH's Sleep Center to help diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and chronic snoring. These conditions are identified through sleep studies conducted in our Sleep Center. After diagnosis a treatment plan is then designed to restore restful sleep.

For more information on the Sleep Disorders Program or the Sleep Center, click here.

Contact Information

Phone: (504) 503-5701 or (504) 503-5920

East Jefferson General Hospital Smoking Cessation Facts