NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Nov. 18, 2015) – November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness month and nearly 16 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD. Hospital for Special Care (HSC) offers medically-supervised smoking cessation treatment with both a medical doctor and a certified tobacco treatment specialist.

“Smoking cessation is one of the only treatments that has been proven to extend lives in those living with COPD. Other typical COPD treatments are only palliative,” said Elyse Carroll, B.S., R.R.T., C.T.T.S., respiratory disease manager and certified tobacco treatment specialist, Hospital for Special Care.

At HSC, a pulmonologist will examine and meet with each patient before the start of the cessation counseling sessions to provide a baseline assessment of effects of smoking on lung health. A tobacco-treatment specialist will guide the patient to formulate a quit plan and provide support through the process. Both group and individual sessions are available and most are covered by insurance. 

HSC’s program is unique in that it pairs a pulmonologist with a certified tobacco treatment specialist. The program will take participants through several stages of change. The assessment of smoking on lung health can help provide medical motivation while helping to prepare each participant to quit.

“I feel tremendous, my breathing has improved significantly. I work out regularly now with my husband and I’m stronger and feel, in all respects that I am changed for the better thanks to the programs offered at Hospital for Special Care.” said Carmen Figueroa, a recent graduate of HSC’s program. 

For more information on our medically supervised smoking cessation, COPD Disease Management and Pulmonary Rehab Programs, please call Elyse Carroll B.S., R.R.T., C.T.T.S. Respiratory Disease Manager, Hospital for Special Care at 860.832.6256.