Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a healthier you! Regional West’s Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help patients safely stop smoking. Our goal is to provide counseling, tools, and resources to help you kick the smoking habit for good.
Each year, over 480,000 smokers in the United States die from complications that could have been prevented had they stopped smoking. Equally concerning, over 42,000 non-smokers suffer from conditions related to smoking – so your cigarette smoke not only negatively affects your health but also the health of your loved ones.
Cigarette smoking doesn’t just impact the lungs; it can cause strokes, cancer, peripheral vascular complications, and affect your heart. Stopping smoking has health benefits that are reaped within 20 minutes of quitting.
How does the Smoking Cessation Program work?
- When you decide the time is right to stop smoking, or your provider suggests tobacco cessation counseling, you will be referred to Brooke Borgman, AGACNP-BC, for an initial visit.
You will have an initial appointment with Brooke, which should take 40 to 45 minutes. She will review paperwork and go over your personalized stop-smoking plan with you. She may prescribe nicotine replacement therapy and/or medication if appropriate, and you will also be introduced to the Nebraska Quit Line.
There will be a follow-up appointment with Brooke a week to 10 days later, which is a chance to review how the plan is working, assess medication effectiveness, and adjust the plan if necessary.
- If necessary, a third appointment can be scheduled six months after your initial appointment.
Is the program covered by insurance?
Every insurance covers tobacco cessation differently; please check with your insurance carrier. Medicare allows eight visits a year, with four visits every six months. Medicaid allows four visits a year. Regional Care Inc. (RCI) allows as many visits as needed.
Patients will also receive a referral to the Nebraska Quit Line, which offers free, 24/7 access to counseling and support services during the process.
What kind of help can I expect to receive?
Education on how to safely and effectively stop smoking for good.
Depending on individual needs, there are a number of aides designed to help curb nicotine cravings and eliminate smoking as part of your life. These aides help ease cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and rarely cause serious side effects or addiction. These products do not have the unhealthy substances present in cigarettes, such as tar and carbon monoxide, and include:
Nicotine replacements, such as gum, patches, inhalers, or lozenges.
Medications that don’t contain nicotine, like varenicline and bupropion.
You will not see your primary care provider during your smoking cessation visit, but medication changes, etc. will be posted in your medical record.
Brooke Borgman, AGACNP-BC, a nurse practitioner with Regional West Physicians Clinic-Pulmonology, Critical Care, oversees Regional West’s Smoking Cessation Program. She has advanced training in the smoking cessation process, and is an excellent resource for people who have made the decision to quit smoking, or have tried in the past to quit, only to relapse later.
“Studies show that people who are the most effective in quitting tobacco long term are those who participate in a smoking cessation program. Our program teaches participants how to handle the cravings and addiction associated with smoking, while utilizing proven methods like tobacco cessation medications, tobacco cessation counseling, and nicotine replacement therapy to tackle the challenges of quitting smoking for good.”
-Brooke Borgman, AGACNP-BC
Regional West's Smoking Cessation program
How do I register?
If you have questions or would like to enroll in the program, please email Smoking.Cessation@rwhs.org or call Regional West Physicians Clinic-Pulmonology, Critical Care at 308-630-2101.