St. Luke's University Health Network

Tobacco Cessation Program

Tobacco Cessation Program

Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013 

Did You Know?

  • Tobacco use is the single
    most preventable cause of
    death and disease in the
    United States.
  • About 45 million Americans
    currently smoke cigarettes.
  • Each year, more than
    438,000 Americans die from
    smoking related diseases.
  • For every person who dies
    from tobacco use, another
    20 suffer with at least one
    serious tobacco related illness.
  • Second-hand smoke causes
    premature death and disease
    in children and adults who do
    not smoke.
  • There is no risk-free level of
    exposure to second-hand smoke.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's (PA DOH) Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Northeast promotes tobacco cessation among adults and adolescents and to promote the free Pennsylvania Quitline. The St. Luke's Tobacco Cessation Treatment Center provides counseling services at the Community Health office, Union Station Health Center and the Allentown Family Health Center.

Services Provided

Patients enrolled in outpatient tobacco cessation counseling meet with a tobacco cessation specialist for individualized counseling. They discussed:

  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Stress management skills
  • Potential danger situations or triggers
  • Roadblocks and rewards of quitting tobacco
  • Techniques to prevent relapse of tobacco use

Telephone support is provided in addition to the face-to-face counseling.

This past year, we provided cessation counseling to a total of 189 outpatients from all surrounding counties. Most patients who enrolled in the outpatient program have been long-term, heavy smokers, need multiple quit attempts before succeeding and often experience many barriers to achieving cessation.

Of the 189 outpatients enrolled in the tobacco program this past year, 58 percent made a minimum of one quit attempt and 31 percent quit using tobacco through the completion of the program. The number that became lost to follow-up at some point throughout the one year program was 48 percent.

Patients who achieve cessation are grateful for the program. According to the St. Luke's Tobacco Cessation Treatment Center satisfaction survey data, patients enrolled in outpatient counseling attribute their cessation success to having one-on-one cessation counseling versus making quit attempts on their own. Additionally many of these patients needed weekly or biweekly telephone follow-up calls.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Hollie Gibbons, MPH, RD, Manager of Disease Prevention Initiatives, by phone at 484-526-2301 or by email at gibbonh@slhn.org.