Nicotine Dependence Program
Tobacco has a long and complicated history in North Carolina. Over the last century, an addiction was born that residents have struggled to break through present day, and one that remains a substantial societal burden. Smoking and chewing tobacco is definitively linked to serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among other debilitating illnesses. Mission Health is heavily invested in helping community members quit smoking. The mission of the cessation program has two urgent goals: to help current tobacco users quit, and to prevent non-tobacco users from starting.