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Smoking Cessation and Obstructive Lung Diseases Program


Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.  The latest statistics show that 480,000 Americans will die this year due to tobacco related disorders such as cardiovascular and lungs diseases and cancers. Smoking also worsens chronic conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The average smoker loses 14 years of life, but within 15 years of being smoke free, the risk of premature death approaches that of a nonsmoker.  The vast majority of current smokers would like to quit and half of these individuals try each year.  However, without evidence based counseling and pharmacotherapy, less than 5% are successful. (Read More)



Smoking Cessation Team


Ileen Gilbert, MD

Director and Professor of Smoking Cessation Program



Sharon Perry, BS, RRT, AE-C

Respiratory Therapist

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