Tobacco Initiative

person snapping a cigarette in half

The Enloe Tobacco Initiative was developed in an effort to reduce tobacco use rates in our community, which are significantly higher than California’s rates, and increase the number of people being screened for lung cancer.  

The initiative provides quality tobacco treatment services and lung cancer screenings for people with a high risk of developing lung cancer. Additionally, the initiative is dedicated to supporting the community through outreach, education services, and useful resources that will promote tobacco awareness and enhance quality of life.

Tobacco Treatment

Ending an addiction to nicotine can be difficult. We are here to support you through this process and help you reach your goal of becoming tobacco-free.

For your convenience, you can choose either an in-person or over-the-phone appointment. Both options are completely free. 

To make an appointment, you must be referred from an Enloe clinic. Once referred, our nicotine cessation navigator (NCN) will call you within a week to schedule your first appointment.

The NCN will work with you one on one to develop a plan that is right for you. The plan will include behavioral changes and may incorporate nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or non-nicotine medications to ensure you have the best chance of quitting and staying tobacco-free.

What to Expect

First Appointment

Your first appointment will typically last 30-60 minutes. The NCN will go over your tobacco use history, including when you started, triggers, past attempts to quit and more.  This helps the caregiver determine what tools might be most effective for you.  Together, you and your NCN will lay out a plan to handle your triggers.

Follow-up Appointments

Follow-up appointments will be up to 30 minutes long and scheduled based on your needs for support.  This is your opportunity to discuss what is or is not working in your plan so adjustments can be made. The NCN is here to provide you with ongoing reassurance and encouragement.

Lung Cancer Screenings

person getting a low dose CT scan

Smoking cigarettes is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer. In fact, it accounts for about 90% of all cases.

Getting screened early and annually is recommended for people considered to be at a high risk for developing lung cancer, but who do not currently have symptoms.

If lung cancer is caught early, it can lead to a better prognosis.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force considers you to have a high risk for developing lung cancer and recommends an annual low-dose CT scan if you:

  • Are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Are between 50-80 years old (for Medicare patients between 50-77 years old)
  • Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history

To calculate pack-year history, multiply the number of years you have smoked by the number of packs you smoke per day. For example, 20 years of smoking multiplied by 1 pack per day equals a 20 pack-year smoking history.

Remember, this is not a substitute for quitting smoking. Refraining from smoking is the most effective preventive measure to avoid lung cancer. The main goal of this scan is to find cancers early when they are more treatable.

* Most health insurance plans should cover a low-dose CT scan if you are within the recommended guidelines. However, we recommend contacting your insurance to see if you would have any share of the cost.

What happens during a low-dose CT scan?

  • During the scan, you will lie on a table and a special X-ray machine will deliver a low dose of radiation (approximately five times less than a conventional CT) to make detailed images of the lungs. The scan is relatively quick and painless. Your appointment will roughly take 15 minutes.
  • X-rays used in low dose CT scans of the chest do not affect any metal parts in your body, such as pacemakers or artificial joints.

What are the benefits?

  • Lung cancer screening finds 80% of lung cancer at an early state, when it is more curable.

Are there risks?

  • A lung cancer screening may suggest a person has lung cancer when no cancer is present. Further tests will be needed to confirm the results.
  • Repeated exposure to small amounts of radiation can eventually cause harm.

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Enloe Community Health