Wellness and Smoking Cessation Program

About Our Program

If you or someone you know is a smoker who wants to quit, UConn Health’s Wellness and Smoking Cessation Program, part of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, may be able to help.

It Benefits Your Health to Quit

People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age. You are never too old to quit.

The following health benefits are associated with stopping smoking:

  • Lowered risk for lung cancer and many other types of cancer.
  • Reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the blood vessels outside your heart).
  • Reduced heart disease risk within 1 to 2 years of quitting.
  • Reduced respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
  • Reduced risk of developing some lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD.
  • Reduced risk for infertility in women of childbearing age.

Personalized Plan and Support

Studies show that smokers who try to quit can improve their chances when they get help from a caring doctor or nurse. UConn Health’s Wellness and Smoking Cessation Program offers up-to-date care such as:

  • A personal quit plan with one-on-one advice from the doctor or nurse​​
  • Medications to help you quit
  • ​​Follow-up phone calls, appointments, or both from the doctor or nurse
  • Carbon monoxide breath testing ​to keep you on track

Our Specialists and Staff

Jayesh Kamath, M.D., Ph.D.
Cheryl Oncken, M.D., M.P.H.
Diahann Wilcox, A.P.R.N., D.N.P.

Make an Appointment

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call the Wellness and Smoking Cessation Program at 860-679-2100.