What can you expect?
Your doctor, for your safety, needs to sign a consult form approving your enrollment in TIP, and authorize the medications that will be prescribed to help you quit. For your convenience, Henry Ford Tobacco Treatment Services specialists can obtain the signed consult form for you.
When your form has been signed and medications approved, a phone conversation between you and Henry Ford specialists helps them understand the particulars of your tobacco use. A phone appointment then will be made with your personal Tobacco Treatment Counselor, who works directly with you during the six-month program.
- During the first phone appointment, your counselor will work with you to:
- Develop a quit plan that fits your lifestyle and needs.
- Identify situations that may tempt you to smoke.
- Plan strategies to help you overcome cravings and temptations.
- Determine your level of nicotine dependence.
- Discuss the risks and benefits of nicotine replacement aids (patch, gum, inhaler, nasal spray, or lozenge), as well as Zyban or Chantix medications to treat withdrawal symptoms.
- Call your pharmacy and order the medication that is right for you, as authorized by your physician.
A Tobacco-Free Guide will be sent to you from your counselor. It’s filled with practical advice and tips, because the more you know about the process of quitting tobacco, the better you’ll be at coping and handling challenging situations.
You will receive periodic phone calls from your counselor over the course of the six-month program to track your progress and provide support, advice and encouragement.
You can call your counselor to speak directly to him or her during regular office hours, or to leave a message. Your counselor also can be reached by email if you want to ask a question, communicate with him or her because you’re having a rough day, or to talk through the urge to smoke or chew tobacco.
Program fees and special offers
The cost of the Tobacco Intervention Program is covered, in most cases, by Health Alliance Plan (HAP). A payment plan is available if you do not have insurance, or if your insurance does not cover the program. Medications used to treat tobacco dependence are an additional charge, but are covered by HAP if you’re a patient with prescription benefits.
Henry Ford currently offers a special discount on acupuncture to support quitting tobacco. For a limited time, if you’re enrolled in TIP, you can receive a package of five acupuncture visits for the reduced price of $200 -- less than half of the normal cost. For more information, call TIP at (888) 427-7587.
Benefits of quitting tobacco
Once you finish your last cigarette or chew, your recovery is almost immediate. In fact, after:
- Twenty Minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
- Eight Hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- Two Weeks – Three Months: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
- One – Nine Months: Coughing, sinus congestion, shortness of breath, and fatigue decrease.
- One Year: The excess risk for heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- Five Years: The risk for cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a pack-a-day smoker.
- Ten Years: The risk of dying from lung cancer is the same as that for people who never smoked.
- Fifteen Years: The risk of heart disease is no higher than the risk for people who never smoked.