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Smokers Achieve Best Quit Smoking Success Rate with Napa Valley Smoke-Free Life Program, According to Recent Research Study.


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Smokers Achieve Best Quit Smoking Success Rate with Napa Valley Smoke-Free Life Program, According to Recent Research Study.

Smokers who participated in the St. Helena Center for a Smoke-Free Life residential stop-smoking program in Napa Valley have a 57% success rate after one year. Results of the Smoke-Free Life program research study, conducted by John E. Hodgkin, M.D., medical director of the program, and colleagues, were published in the September 2013 issue of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal¹, a publication of the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.  The latest edition of Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, Clinical Practice Guideline, published in 2008, reported success rates of 12.7% to 36.5% (see Table) for various strategies and medications². A recent study reported a 6 month success rate of 21.1% with the use of an e-cigarette³.  With no treatment⁴, i.e. no medication or counseling, 95 to 97% of those trying to stop smoking relapse within one year!

Since 1969, the St. Helena Center for a Smoke-Free Life program has helped thousands of individuals.  The program offers comprehensive individualized, intensive tobacco dependence treatment. The use of medications to suppress nicotine withdrawal symptoms is tailored to each individual.  Participants in the program receive information on nutrition, stress management, sleep habits, spirituality and exercise with the intent to create a supportive environment when they complete the residential program and return home.

“The proper use of medications can greatly increase success rates,” stated Dr. John E. Hodgkin. “In addition, the tobacco-free environment our residential program provides, along with behavioral counseling, education and support, allows individuals to focus on their success.  A residential smoking cessation program should be considered for those who have been unsuccessful in achieving tobacco abstinence despite serious attempts at quitting.”

Of the participants using the nicotine patch, 75.8% used more than the standard beginning nicotine patch dose of one 21mg. patch per day.  The subgroup of those who used a combination of nicotine patch, bupropion, and short-acting nicotine medication achieved a non-smoking outcome at 12 months of 63.9%.

The study was the latest published by Dr. John E. Hodgkin.  He has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters and is the lead editor of the foremost clinical textbook, Pulmonary RehabilitationGuidelines to Success (fourth edition, Mosby, 2009). Dr. Hodgkin received the Outstanding Clinician of the Year Award from the California Thoracic Society in 2007 and Physician of the Year Adventist Health Award in 2012.

For more information on the St. Helena Center for a Smoke-Free Life program, please call (800)-358-9195 or visit



Stop Smoking Success Rates * 

St. Helena Smoke-Free Life Program¹                                                      57.0%

One nicotine patch (> 14 weeks) + short-acting nicotine²                   36.5%

Varenicline²                                                                                                 33.2% 

One nicotine patch + Bupropion²                                                             28.9%

One nicotine product (usual dose) ²                                                       19.0-26.7%

Bupropion²                                                                                                   24.2%     

Medication + Counseling²                                                                         22.1%                

E-cigarette³                                                                                                   21.1%

Counseling with no medications²                                                            14.6%

Telephone quitline²                                                                                    12.7%

No help⁴                                                                                                         3-5%                 

*All success rates listed are based on 7-day point prevalence (“no smoking, not one puff” in the previous 7 days) at six months, except for the St. Helena Smoke-Free Life Program which is at one year.


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Outcomes from a patient-centered residential treatment plan for tobacco dependence.

Mayo Clin Proc 2013; 88: 970-976.

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Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update.

Clinical Practice Guideline.  Rockville, MD:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Public Health Service.  May 2008.

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Electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation: a randomized controlled trial.

       Lancet 2013; published online Sept 7

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 Shape of the relapse curve and long-term abstinence among untreated smokers.

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