Jamestown Regional Medical Center will celebrate Quit Week starting June 9, with programming focused on tobacco treatment.

You cannot overstate the health benefits of quitting tobacco use. In just 20 minutes after stopping tobacco use, blood pressure and heart rate normalize, and circulation improves in the hands and feet. Within 24 hours, the risk of heart attack decreases significantly and within 48 hours, there are noticeable enhancements in one’s ability to smell and taste.

“Treating tobacco use disorder is imperative, as it is a chronic condition requiring ongoing management, similar to hypertension or diabetes,” said Nicole Brandvold, JRMC Respiratory Manager. “Our therapists receive specialized training to evaluate patients properly, provide evidence-based counseling and connect patients to complementary resources for long-term success.”

JRMC offers comprehensive tobacco treatment services to support individuals ready to quit tobacco use, including counseling and nicotine replacement therapy options. Given that no single method is effective for everyone, the NDQuits state program also offers diverse treatment options, including free counseling and advice. Eligible patients can also receive nicotine replacement products at no cost.

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Nicole Brandvold, JRMC Respiratory Manager

Many of the respiratory therapists at JRMC have earned additional certification in tobacco treatment through the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.

“Our respiratory therapists actively chose to enhance their skills through additional certification, driven by their passion for improving patient outcomes. Witnessing the toll of tobacco use daily, they seek to prevent associated health issues before they emerge,” noted Brandvold.

While not directly through JRMC, the North Dakota Department of Health also offers teen-focused resources, including text/chat options with quit coaches at becomeanex.org and teen.smokefree.gov.

To learn more about JRMC’s tobacco treatment services, visit jrmcnd.com/we-can-quit or call (701) 952-4858 for assistance. Enhancing community wellness remains a top priority.