Many people who have quit tobacco and other nicotine products say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done. Most, however, will likely say it’s the most important and rewarding thing they’ve ever done.
With today’s medications and nicotine replacement products, there are more options for quitting than ever before. And having a team to support and encourage you will improve your chances of quitting for good.
The program is open to anyone who wants to quit any form of nicotine—such as smoking, vaping or chewing. It’s an intensive intervention that provides:
- One-on-one counseling and behavior support with frequent follow-up, all at your convenience by phone. Your nicotine counselor is your health coach.
- Help with identifying triggers for your tobacco and nicotine use, developing an action plan, setting a quit date, and learning techniques to avoid relapse.
- Personalized medication plan based on your medical history.
- Instruction on proper use of medications and follow-up for any adverse side effects.
- A team that will work with you up until you quit and then for at least 12 months after you quit to help you prevent relapse, see how you’re doing, check on any withdrawal symptoms, and adjust medications as needed.
- Program elements from both the Mayo Clinic and the American College of Chest Physicians.
How to Begin
- Ask your health care provider for a referral or call us at (208) 706-9710 for more information.
- If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, ask your OB/GYN for a referral.
- Teens: Ask your health care provider if this program is appropriate for you. Or call us to talk about resources for people under age 18.
Your Care Team
- Counselors who are nurses or social workers trained in nicotine dependence treatment and motivational interviewing, and who are Mayo Clinic-certified nicotine treatment specialists.
- Physician medical director who supervises the program.
- Your primary care provider (PCP), who will be asked to prescribe the medications recommended to help you quit, and the health care provider who referred you, if it wasn’t your PCP.