For patients who smoke cigarettes, medwakh, or shisha, and have thought about quitting, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Smoking Cessation Program is here to help.
Based on a proven Cleveland Clinic model, the Smoking Cessation Program provides patients with a clinical plan, plus the follow-up and support they need to quit smoking for good. Part of the Respiratory Institute, the Smoking Cessation Program has a success rate of more than double the United States national average. The program is listed as one of Abu Dhabi’s certified smoking cessation centers by the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi.
Quitting smoking improves health regardless of age, or how long (or how much) the person has smoked in the past. Quitting reduces the risk of developing a number of life-threatening conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- Lung cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Chronic bronchitis
For patients who already have one of the above conditions, quitting smoking could be one of the most important steps in improving overall health and reducing the chance of death.
Other benefits of quitting smoking include:
- A reduced risk of osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones weak
- Improvement to the appearance of the skin
- An improved sense of taste and smell
Diagnosis & Treatment in the Smoking Cessation Program
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Smoking Cessation Program is a four-step system that provides the care and expert medical advice that smokers need in order to quit for life.
The Smoking Cessation Program begins with a comprehensive general health check. This includes a detailed smoking history, as well as other tests to check for possible smoking-related diseases. The patient’s carbon monoxide levels will be checked, and simple breathing tests will be used to determine their lung age (which shows how their lungs perform compared to those of non-smokers at various ages).
Next, caregivers at the Program work with the patient to develop their own customized plan for quitting smoking. The patient and the caregiver work together to decide on a “quit date.” They also discuss support strategies like behavioral, pharmacological, psychological, and alternative approaches.
Once the patient stops smoking, the team monitors their progress. The caregivers provide consultation and support with the goal of preventing relapse, which includes lifestyle and diet changes to help them stay on track.
The caregivers meet with the patient for regular follow-ups. This helps ensure that the patient stays smoke-free for life.
Smoking Cessation Program Caregivers
The multidisciplinary team of experts at the Smoking Cessation Program provide the highest quality and most comprehensive care and support to patients who wish to stop smoking. Caregivers include:
- Specialized nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Respiratory therapists