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Becoming tobacco free can literally be a life-changing achievement. At WellSpan Health, we understand the decision to quit is the first step in a long path toward a healthier you. That’s why we provide education, self-guided programs and classes to help you reach your goal of a tobacco free lifestyle. For more information, please call:

  • Adams County: (717) 338-3259
  • Franklin County: (717) 264-1470
  • York County: (717) 851-5857
  • Lancaster County: (717) 721-8790
  • Lebanon  County: (717) 270-7759

Current Smoking Cessation Programs

Knowing that each person who wants to become tobacco free has different preferences and needs, WellSpan offers several smoking cessation program options:

Group Cessation Classes

WellSpan Health offers the Freedom From Smoking Program, developed by the American Lung Association for free. Considered the gold standard in tobacco cessation, this eight-session program is designed to help people quit smoking, fight the addiction and develop a smoke-free lifestyle.

One-on-one Counseling

All residents of York and Adams counties are eligible for free, one-on-one tobacco treatment planning sessions. During these sessions, a certified tobacco cessation counselor will:

    • Assess your dependence on nicotine
    • Review strategies and coping skills
    • Develop a tailored “quit plan” specific to your lifestyle

Self-guided Program

For those who want to quit on their own, this two-hour program provides individuals with necessary tools that include:

    • Reviewing what tobacco does to the body
    • Discussing approved medications to help quit
    • Helping you create a “quit plan"
    • Providing support

Ready to Register?

Please call the tobacco cessation educator in your county for a list of upcoming classes to schedule one-on-one counseling or for more information on the self-guided program.

  • Adams County: (717) 338-3259
  • Franklin County: (717) 264-1470
  • York County: (717) 851-5857
  • Lancaster County: (717) 721-8790
  • Lebanon County: (717) 270-7759

Fast Facts About Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco use may shorten your life by up to 15 years.
  • Smokeless tobacco contains five times the amount of nicotine as cigarettes.
  • Children whose parents use tobacco are four times more likely to start themselves.
  • Smoking one pack per day costs about $6. Quitting now can save you as much as $2,016 a year.
  • 18 percent of adults in Adams County and 21 percent of adults in York County use tobacco.

Benefits of Quitting

  • Individuals who quit tobacco will experience benefits immediately after putting out that last cigarette or spitting out the last chew.
  • Within 20 minutes your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal.
  • Within 24 hours your chance of having a heart attack decreases.
  • Within 48 hours your nerve endings adjust to the absence of nicotine.
  • Within 72 hours your lung capacity increases, making it easier to breathe.

Start Kicking the Habit Today

These five steps from the National Cancer Institute can help you start down the path to becoming tobacco free.

S — Set a quit date.

T — Tell family, friends and coworkers you plan to quit.

A — Anticipate and plan for the challenges you will face while quitting.

R — Remove tobacco products from your home, car and workplace.

T — Talk to your health care profession