Tobacco Cessation

Getting the right help when you want to quit using tobacco can make all the difference. Turn to the supportive tobacco education and cessation experts at Essentia Health for effective and proven ways to quit.

Smoking Cessation Benefits

Smoking harms your health and raises your risk for many conditions, including certain types of cancer and breathing problems. Your body benefits minutes after you quit.

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure improves and the temperature of your hands and feet goes back to normal.
  • Eight hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting: Blood circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
  • One year after quitting: Your risk for heart disease may be half that of a smoker.
  • Five to 15 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is close to that of a nonsmoker.
  • Ten years after quitting: The risk for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas goes down.

How Much Money Will You Save?

Smoking doesn’t just cost you your health. The average price of a pack of cigarettes is $7.50. That means, if you currently smoke a pack a day, when you stop buying cigarettes you’ll save $225 each month. In a year, you’ll have an extra $2,737.50, and in five years, you’ll have saved $13,687.50.

How to Quit Smoking

You can count on the team at Essentia to help make quitting tobacco as easy as possible. Quitting for good takes time, patience, and practice. Many people try more than once. Give yourself every advantage by relying on Essentia for:

  • Individual, face-to-face counseling with a local Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS)
  • Medication that can help you quit
  • Nicotine replacement therapy, which gives you low doses of nicotine in the form of gum, inhalers, lozenges, nasal spray, or a skin patch
  • Personalized quit plan with on-going follow up and support
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Carbon monoxide screening
  • Lung cancer screening

Medical Insight: Tobacco Cessation Video Transcript

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SPEAKER: Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico.

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Maureen Talarico speaks to the camera. She wears a patterned shirt, and black jacket.

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MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, anesthesiologist, Dr. Mark Grim, and tobacco treatment program manager, Jill Doberstein, talk about tobacco cessation.

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Dr. Mark Grim, anesthesiologists, speaks to the camera. He wears a white coat, with lavender shirt, and black tie.

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DR. MARK GRIM: One important part of our job is to identify and potentially control risk factors that make having anesthesia and surgery more risky for our patients. One of those risk factors that can be controlled mostly by our patients is whether or not they smoke or use tobacco products. MAUREEN TALARICO: According to Dr. Grim, patients who use tobacco are at an increased risk for complications, both pre and post surgery. DR. MARK GRIM: So our patients who smoke and have surgery are at increased risk for a few types of complications. One is a heart attack, and smokers in general are at increased risk of heart attack. Smokers are also at increased risk for lung complications like pneumonia. Smoking decreases your immune system's function, so healing of wounds from surgery and healing of bonds after surgery is impacted by the chemicals that we're exposed to when we smoke. MAUREEN TALARICO: While Essential Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth now offers a robust inpatient tobacco cessation program, Essentia Health continues to offer outpatient services at each of our neighborhood clinics. These services include one on one counseling, education, and ongoing support.

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Jill Doberstein, tobacco treatment integration specialist, speaks to the camera.

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JILL DOBERSTEIN: We offer individual counseling with a certified tobacco treatment specialist who will walk with you on your journey every step of the way. They'll work with you to set a quit date that feels right for you. They'll discuss medication options, including the risks and benefits and which have been the most successful in helping people quit. And they'll follow up with you for as long as you'd like and as much as you'd like. In the past year, we have served over 3,000 patients with our tobacco cessation services. And so far at least 500 patients have quit smoking. MAUREEN TALARICO: For Medical Insight, I'm Maureen Talarico. SPEAKER: To learn more about this topic, call our experts at 786-3107.

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Team-Based Approach

Your dedicated tobacco education and cessation coach has the experience and training to help you start on a path to quitting. Your tobacco cessation team may also include respiratory therapists and registered nurses.

Tobacco Cessation Near You

Choose high-quality, research-based smoking cessation services at an Essentia clinic or hospital. Our specialists work in many rural and urban communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Essentia offers face-to-face counseling with a local Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist at many of our hospital and clinic locations. To find facilities near you that offer this service, see the Related Facilities panel on the right side of the page. 

Paying for Care

Private insurance providers and Medicaid/Medicare cover many tobacco cessation services. Talk to a tobacco cessation counselor at 844-403-7010 for more information.

Patient Story

Patient Story: Partnering with a Tobacco Cessation Specialist Video Transcript

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Smiling woman with short white hair. Text, Lisa Nillson, Essentia Health Lakeside Tobacco Cessation Patient

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SUE NILSSON: My name is Sue Nillson. I'm from Duluth. I think I was about 13 and all my friends were smoking. I've said, I didn't go out and have a cigarette, I'd go out and have three. That's how I smoked-- constantly, every chance I got.

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Lisa Messerer, RN, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

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LISA MESSERER: She was one of my first people I worked with. Well, I think she came in pretty confident or just really committed. Like, I really need to quit smoking. I just need to do this. This is the next step in taking care of myself. So that was huge.

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SUE NILSSON: See I always wanted magic to quit. And I guess it dawned on me finally that it wasn't going to be magic, that I had to go through some things to quit. All of a sudden, I was sitting with Lisa, and she asked me if I wanted to set a quit date.

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LISA MESSERER: We met frequently face to face, and then we started doing phone. We'd touch base by phone, and we would just celebrate every milestone.

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SUE NILSSON: And I looked forward to calling Lisa in a week to tell her I haven't smoked. For some reason, that was somebody different. It wasn't family or a friend. It was somebody different, I guess.

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LISA MESSERER: One of the things that always sticks with me that Sue said is I used to think of myself as a smoker, and now I think of myself-- I'm not a smoker anymore. So when she was having a bad time, it's like, oh, Sue you're not a smoker anymore.

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SUE NILSSON: I feel so good about that too that I just feel I'm done. It's not like I'm dying for a cigarette all the time or anything anymore.

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LISA MESSERER: I'm just-- I'm in awe of Sue. Because as someone who's smoked for I believe it is 52 years, even beyond the people that Sue talks to when I just kind of referred to it in general terms of I've met with someone who smoked a really long time and she quit. So have hope. You can quit too.

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SUE NILSSON: I have two friends I know for sure-- I think three that told me I was an inspiration, and that if I could do it, they could do it. And they haven't smoked for over a year. I think you have to be ready. You have to make the decision, and then do it. Want it more than anything.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Medical Insight: E-Cigarettes and Vaping Video Transcript

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Welcome to Medical Insight, a weekly health care feature brought to you by the experts at Essentia Health. Here's your host, Maureen Talarico. MAUREEN TALARICO: Today on Medical Insight, tobacco cessation programs supervisor, Jill Doberstein, and pediatrician, Dr. Sarah Manney, talk about vaping and how the growing use of electronic cigarettes, especially among teens, has become an epidemic.

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Jill Doberstein

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JILL DOBERSTEIN: E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are a battery operated device that heat a solution that is inhaled by the user and exhaled as an aerosol.

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e-cigarettes and literature

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It often contains nicotine and several flavors, or other components as well. And nicotine in itself is a harmful chemical, and is known to be very addictive. E-cigarettes also contain other compounds, such as cancer causing chemicals, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and more. MAUREEN TALARICO: E-cigarettes are small and offer a variety of flavors that attract an entirely new demographic of tobacco users.

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JILL DOBERSTEIN: E-cigarettes have become very popular among all ages, but most recently we've seen a 50% spike in youth use of electronic cigarettes, according to the most recent Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey. In fact, it's undone 17 years of reducing youth tobacco use, because now, 40% of youth are using e-cigarettes in high school. And 20% are considered daily users of electronic cigarettes. MAUREEN TALARICO: According to pediatrician, Dr. Sarah Manney, there are severe short and long term health issues for e-cigarettes users, especially for children and teens.

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Dr. Sarah Manney

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DR. SARAH MANNEY: So what I'm really concerned about is the children becoming addicted to the nicotine in these products, but then also long-term cardiovascular health risks. They're going to be at higher risk of stroke, hypertension, heart problems. And it's very serious because the concentration of this nicotine in these devices is much more than even a regular cigarette. MAUREEN TALARICO: For Medical Insight, I'm Maureen Talarico. SPEAKER 1:

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To learn more about this topic, call our experts at 786-3107.

Inpatient Tobacco Cessation Services

Through out inpatient tobacco treatment program, we can help keep you comfortable during your hospital stay. We'll help with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and beside support.

If you decide you're ready to quit long term, we can get you started on the path to a tobacco free future. For more information, ask a member of your hospital care team.

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