Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program provides a supportive, encouraging environment and a team of health care professionals who do not rely on fear or shame to motivate smokers to quit. At Penn, tobacco dependence is treated as a medical condition that needs to be controlled, just like asthma or diabetes.
Penn's program helps patients quit smoking by designing plans to meet an individual's specific needs. The care team collaborates with patients to find the right combination of treatments to help them safely and successfully quit.
Treatment plans may include:
- Nicotine replacement therapy
- Strategies to assist with weight control and stress reduction
Penn's personalized approach has worked even for patients who struggled during previous quit attempts, who have relapsed after long periods of abstinence and who suffer from smoking-related problems.
How Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program Will Help
After making an appointment with Penn's Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, a patient will:
- Undergo an initial evaluation and management visit with a physician
- Work with a physician to develop a quit plan
- Meet with a counselor to focus on stress reduction or weight control, if appropriate
- Learn about medications to help control cravings
- Schedule follow-up visits
All services are reimbursed by most major insurance carriers.
Patients with Smoking-Related Medical Issues
Penn Medicine also offers treatment for lung cancer and has a dedicated pulmonary critical care program. Critically ill patients need top-level care, intense medical supervision and close monitoring. The care is complex and frequently involves multiple medical specialties. Because medical decisions must often be made immediately, it is vital that care is efficiently coordinated to ensure that each patient receives the best care available.