Smoking Cessation

Our Philosophy & Program Goals

At COPC, we recognize that smoking is a difficult habit to break and our smoking cessation program is here to help. Our program is designed to provide guidance in an open and accepting place for anyone who is struggling to quit smoking,not just COPC patients.Through comprehensive and compassionate education, we will give you the tools you need to successfully quit smoking.

Did you know? *

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the United States. It kills more people than car accidents, murder, homicide, heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and AIDS combined. Death rates from critical illnesses, such as cancer, are doubled for smokers when compared to non smokers.

2,000,000+

Ohioans Smoke

1,600,000

Ohioans Smoke Every Day

Class Locations


Westerville Smoking Cessation

Olentangy Smoking Cessation

Beat the Pack

COPC's 6 week Beat the Pack Smoking Cessation program is a supportive, interactive class where individuals come together to achieve one goal: be tobacco free for life.



Week 1

Assessment & Education

You will be given quizzes to take that will help answer when and why you use tobacco and what you think about your tobacco use. There will be education on topics including pathophysiology of the lungs, nature of tobacco addiction, benefits of quitting, disease associated with smoking, and cost analysis of smoking.


Week 2

Preparing to Quit

You will choose a quit date and start to prepare for the big day. We will discuss alterations to make in diet and exercise, what happens to the body after quitting, possible support contacts, and survival kit ideas.


Week 3

Quit Day!

This week will include your first day of being tobacco free. We will discuss ways to maintain smoking cessation and reducing stress, getting through temptations, and working towards relapse prevention.


Week 4

Relapse Prevention

Your first day to choose zero cigarettes! We will discuss ways to maintain your smoking remission, stress reduction, and relapse prevention.


Week 5

Benefits of Becoming Tobacco Free

We will take a look back at the previous week to see how things are going. What has worked? What has not worked? We will continue our discussion on the benefits that make this journey worth it.


Week 6

Remaining Tobacco Free

Our final week will focus on ways for you to remain tobacco free. We will discuss the importance of turning to others for support and share success stories to incorporate in your future.

Our goal with the Beat the Pack program is to educate current smokers on the harmful, lifelong effects of smoking and help them obtain a tobacco-free life.

The Smokers’ Lung



COPD

COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is an umbrella term group of disorders including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and bronchiectasis. COPD is an irreversible lung disease associated with dyspnea upon exertion and a reduction of airflow in the lungs. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of COPD.


What is it?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, COPD is chronic inflammation of the cells lining the bronchial tree. Smoking maintains an ongoing inflammatory response which leads to airway narrowing and constriction. This causes airways to become swollen, excess mucus to be produced, and the cilia to function poorly.


What does it lead to?

As COPD progresses, patients find it increasingly difficult to clear the secretions that lead to chronic cough & wheezing. As excess mucus is produced it begins to pool in the airways, which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This leads to further inflammation and bacterial infections, as well as alveoli destruction.

Smoking and COPD

24% of current and former Ohio smokers have COPD. If you wish to learn more about gaining control of your COPD, check out our COPD Management page for more information.

Meet the Team


Annette Stevens

Smoking Cessation Coordinator


Annette Stevens is the smoking cessation coordinator and facilitator for Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians. She began working for COPC in 1997 as a medical assistant for one of our Primary Care Internal Medicine sites. Annette graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, and she currently works full-time in the COPC Quality Improvement Department. Annette thoroughly enjoys working with people and strives to help people breakthrough the smoking addiction.

Annette’s goal is to educate current smokers on the harmful, lifelong effects of smoking and help them to reach their goal of becoming tobacco free. The program brings attention to each individual’s perception of their smoking habit, the severity of it, and daily triggers they may or may not be aware of. Annette’s idea of success is instilling faith and confidence in each patient by supporting each individual’s goals. Beat the Pack Smoking Cessation program is a supportive, interactive class where individuals come together to achieve one goal: be tobacco free for life.  


* Ohio Department of Health (May 23, 2017) The Burden of Tobacco in Ohio. Retrieved from https://www.odh.ohio.gov/en/odhprograms/eh/quitnow/Tobacco/Resources/Statistics