Pulmonary Services

Pulmonary Services 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 at various intervals once the initial nine-week period is over 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.

Stop Smoking. Start Healing.

20 Minutes

20 Minutes After Your Last Cigarette:

Most of the nicotine has left your brain. Your blood pressure and pulse rate goes back to normal.

8 Hours

8 Hours After Your Last Cigarette:

The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has has decreased to normal.

24 Hours

24 Hours After Your Last Cigarette:

Your risk of having a heart attack begins to go down.

2 Days

2 Days After Quitting:

You can taste and smell things better.

2 Weeks

2 Weeks After Quitting:

Your lungs are working better and your blood circulation has improved.

1 Year

1 Year After Quitting:

Your risk of heart disease has been cut in half.

5 Years

5 Years After Quitting:

Your risk of dying of lung cancer has been cut in half.

10 Years

10 Years After Quitting:

Your risk of stroke is about the same as someone who has never smoked.

15 Years

15 Years After Quitting:

Your risk of heart disease is as low as if you never smoked.

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