Smoking cessation clinic
Written by Jess Erzinger, Supervisor, Respiratory Therapist, Lung diagnostics, Health and Rehab

The smoking cessation clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre is taking referrals.

Do you have patients or clients looking for smoking cessation support within Fraser Health? Refer them to the smoking cessation clinic at Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre.

Through its 12-week program, the clinic aims to reduce smoking rates and smoking-related health care use, through early identification and management of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Over the course of the program, participants have the opportunity to attend group meetings and are contacted over the phone by tobacco cessation educators. The clinic also provides both behavioural support and medical management.

Education is focused around four main topics: 1) understanding the nature of addiction, 2) effective use of smoking medications, 3) understanding behavioural triggers, and 4) developing strategies for quit attempts and relapse prevention.

The clinic, which opened on March 20, is comprised of a respiratory therapist certified in tobacco education, a mental health nurse and a clinic physician. Access to the clinic is by physician or nurse practitioner referral.

“It’s not a habit. It’s an addiction that highjacks the brain’s neuropathways,” says Dr Raymond Dong on smoking. “Most people who want to quit don’t make it the first time. It’s somewhere between five to seven attempts to quit before they’re successful. So, we are here to help them.”

The first program came to an end on June 5 and early patient successes include significant reduction in tobacco use, confidence in using new smoking cessation medications and techniques, established quit plans and improved confidence in staying smoke-free.

Participant feedback has also been positive. One client stated that they "love the group format and non-judgemental attitudes of staff" with another saying that they “appreciate meeting others who are struggling like me”. Other participants indicated that the sessions have encouraged them to think about the health benefits of quitting.

For more information about the clinic, please call 604-582-4565, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more smoke-free information and resources, please visit the FH Pulse Smoke-Free Policy page.

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