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The Smoking Cessation Clinic at the Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Health Clinic

Smoking Cessation Clinic

The Smoking Cessation Clinic is a free service to help Rochester community residents stop smoking or chewing to improve their health. This professionally-staffed clinic provides quality, evidence-based care in a non-judgmental, supportive, and one-on-one environment. The Smoking Cessation Clinic provides a combination of behavioral therapy and medication that has been proven to dramatically increase the chance of success in quitting permanently.

Hours and Location

The Smoking Cessation Clinic is part of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, 120 N. Broadway, suite B, in Rochester. Clinic hours are every Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m.

We ask that new patients visit the clinic from 5 – 6 p.m. and returning patients visit from 6 – 7 p.m. Please call the health clinic at 507-529-4100 with any questions.

How Do I Get Help?

The clinic is walk-in only. To become a patient, simply arrive at the Good Samaritan Health Clinic during clinic hours and tell the receptionist that you are a new patient for the Smoking Cessation Clinic. You will fill out forms, so please come prepared with your medical history. A counselor will then meet with you.

How the Program Works

The intervention-style program is designed to have patients meet weekly with a counselor for 12-14 weeks.

Weekly Counseling (15-minute sessions): Every week you will meet with a Smoking Cessation Clinic counselor to discuss your progress, goals for the next week and any concerns that you may have. We also provide you with resources for improving your overall health and wellness. We will try to have the same counselors see you every week, but this may not always be possible.

Medication: Different people require different types of treatment. We will discuss which type of medication is best for you, how to use it and any possible side effects. Read about the specific medication options available. Your plan may include:

  • Nicotine replacement – over-the-counter or prescription skin patches, gum, lozenges, nasal spray, or an inhaler
  • Non-nicotine replacement – prescription medications such as Chantix or Buproprion

Phone Call Reminders: We can call to reminder you to come in each week, depending on your preferences.

Program Evaluation: After your fourth week, you will receive a survey about your experience so far. A few months after you finish the program, you will receive a phone call about your time in the program and your current smoking habits. These evaluations will help us to improve the program and serve you and others better.

Why Should I Quit?

Quitting will make you feel better and improve your health. Apart from staggering tobacco use statistics, there are other reasons to quit that you may not have considered.

Your Lifestyle:

  • More money to spend
  • Increased time to spend with family, catching up on work or enjoying a favorite hobby
  • No need to worry about when you can smoke next or where you can or cannot smoke
  • Improved taste of food
  • Better smelling clothes
  • Car‚ home and family members won’t smell like smoke
  • Improved sense of smell

Your Loved Ones:

  • Set a good example for children
  • Gain support from friends, family, co-workers and other loved ones
  • Protect friends and family from the dangers of secondhand smoke
  • Improve the health of your family members
  • Increase your energy to spend time with friends and family
  • Increase your health and prolong your life to enjoy family’s special moments

Your Health and Appearance:

  • Chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts and other diseases will decrease
  • Decreases the likelihood to get sick
  • Breathe easier and cough less
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Get healthier skin
  • No more stained teeth or skin

Experiencing Success

Remember, our staff is here to help you in your journey to becoming smoke free. To help you succeed, make a list of all of the reasons you want to become smoke-free and keep it in a place where you will see it often, like your car or where you kept your cigarettes. When you feel the need to smoke, take a look at the list to remind yourself why you want to quit.

Clinic History

The Smoking Cessation Clinic began in 1997 when a Mayo medical student, Dennis Der, recognized that he and fellow students could help Good Samaritan Health Clinic patients who wished to stop smoking.

Der and his classmates underwent an in-depth training session by Mayo Nicotine Dependence Center staff. The Rochester Salvation Army provided space, nursing staff, supplies, and a limited budget for medications and physician supervision. After the initial 13 months of the program, Der reported a cessation rate of 18 percent, which is comparable to many conventional intervention programs in the country.

Just as it began, many patients who attend the Smoking Cessation Clinic today are referred from The Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Health Clinic. As knowledge of the clinic has spread, an increasing number of patients in under-served populations are receiving help to stop smoking.