Smoking Cessation

Our Philosophy & Program Goals

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

Did You Know? *

Most of us know tobacco use is bad for our health, but quitting can be challenging. After all, it is a permanent lifestyle change. However, a combination of group therapy, behavioral alterations and supplemental medication has been proven to dramatically increase success rates.


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Class Locations

Westerville Smoking Cessation

Olentangy Smoking Cessation

Beat the Pack Outline

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 being tobacco free. We will discuss ways to maintain smoking cessation and talk about reducing stress, getting through temptations and work toward relapse prevention.

Week 4

Relapse Prevention

We will focus on ways for you to remain tobacco free, discuss how to turn to others for support if needed, further education on disease associated with smoking, and share success stories to incorporate in your future.

The Smokers’ Lung


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, leading to chronic cough & wheezing. As excess mucus is produced, it begins to pool in the airways, providing a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. This leads to further inflammation and bacterial infections as well as alveoli destruction.

Meet the Team

Cecilia Marburger

Smoking Cessation Coordinator

Cecilia Marburger is currently the smoking cessation coordinator and facilitator for Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelors of Science and pursued further education by attaining her Masters of Science from Ohio University as well. Cecilia also works in COPC Cardiac Testing full time. She is an Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Tobacco Cessation Specialist who thoroughly enjoys working with people and strives to help people breakthrough the smoking addiction.

Cecilia’s goal is to educate current smokers on the harmful, lifelong effects of smoking and help 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. Cecilia’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