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

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.

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