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Smoking Cessation

According to the American Heart Association, eliminating smoking not only reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, but also reduces the risk of repeat heart attacks and death from heart disease by 50 percent. Research also indicates that smoking cessation is crucial in the management of many contributors to heart attack, including atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary artery disease and cardiac arrhythmias.

Steps to Quit Smoking

Consult your physician to learn more about establishing an appropriate smoking cessation program. In addition, the following steps may help you kick the habit:

  • Consult your physician regarding finding a smoking cessation program in your area
  • Establish a goal – the date that you will begin a smoke-free life
  • Take it one day at a time

Find Support

  • Find an appropriate substitute
  • Exercise to avoid weight gain
  • Avoid smoking situations

Local Resources to Help You Quit

Tobacco Cessation Education Class

(360) 493-5049 or (360) 456-7575
Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center

Free six week course taught by a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Call for the details on the next class offering. Note: You will not be forced to quit smoking at any time; come for information and support and choose when you are ready to quit. 


SWSA Stop Smoking Support Group at Providence St. Peter Hospital

(360) 451-3935 or (360) 456-1149

Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. in Providence St. Peter Hospital, Medical Staff Conference Room, lower level


Tacoma/Pierce County Health District

(253) 798-3548

Freedom from Smoking Program by the American Lung Association

Group Health Coop, Olympia

(800) 462-5327

$175 for non-members
Free & Clear; Free to members

Tobacco Free Thurston County

(360) 493-2230 Ext. 19

In Control Teen Support Group


Ways to Quit

Are You Ready? Other Information