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Regional West offering smoking cessation program

July 5, 2017 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF — In an effort to help area residents enjoy a healthier, smoke-free life, Regional West Physicians Clinic recently introduced a new smoking cessation program designed to help patients safely stop smoking. The goal is to provide counseling, tools and resources to help patients kick the smoking habit for good.

Brooke Borgman, 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 to those who have made the decision to quit smoking, or have tried in the past to quit, only to relapse later.

It is covered by most private insurance, as well as by Medicaid and Medicare.

The program includes four patient visits a year, and a referral to the Nebraska Quit Line, which provides free, 24/7 access to counseling and support services during the process. In addition to personalized counseling and education, Borgman works with each patient to identify and prescribe aides designed to help curb nicotine cravings and eliminate smoking as part of daily life, including nicotine replacement options and/or medication.

“Studies show that people who are the most effective in quitting tobacco long term are those who participate in a smoking cessation program,” said Borgman. “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.”

For more information about the Smoking Cessation Program, visit rwhs.org/SmokingCessation. To enroll in the program, email Smoking.Cessation@rwhs.org or call Regional West Physicians Clinic-Pulmonology, Critical Care at 308-630-2101.