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Live Well Tobacco-Free Program
Castle Medical Center's Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine Center offers free comprehensive tobacco treatment services for the community and hospitalized patients. Funded in part by a grant from the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund, the Live Well Tobacco Free program is designed to utilize evidence-based strategies for tobacco cessation, which may include using FDA-approved tobacco treatment medications (nicotine patches, gum, and/or lozenges) when appropriate. Lifestyle behavior changes are also incorporated to promote a healthy body, mind and spirit. Tobacco treatment coaching sessions are available either in person at Castle's Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine Center or via telephone, by certified tobacco treatment specialists who help clients create a personalized plan to quit tobacco and support them throughout the process.
Who is it for?
Oahu residents or any hospitalized patient (from Oahu, the neighbor islands or the mainland) who want to quit using tobacco and/or electronic smoking devices. As a part of the Adventist Health Care System, Castle Medical Center is a faith-based organization of the world-wide Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church. As pioneers in the field of tobacco cessation, the 5 Day Plan to Stop Smoking was first developed in the 1950s by the SDA church. We continue that legacy of caring for our community and sharing God's love by assisting people to quit all forms of tobacco, thus improving overall health, and impacting quality and longevity of life for clients and their families.
As of October 2015, Castle's Live Well Tobacco Free program has served a priority population of 87%, with tobacco users being low income, low educated, and/or unemployed. Over 40% receive some form of tobacco treatment medication, free-of-charge. Data from January 2013 to June 2015 show that 80% of our patients complete a 24-hour quit attempt, 32% are able to quit for at least 30 days, and over 53% achieve prolonged abstinence beyond 30 days.