Happy Great American Smokeout 2010!
This year, Frederick Memorial Healthcare System celebrates three years of being a tobacco-free campus. That means we don’t allow our guests to use tobacco products on any hospital property and our employees cannot use or smell of tobacco products while they’re at work. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy — but we know as a healthcare organization it’s the right thing to do.
To get our employees ready to go tobacco-free, the hospital offered everyone free help to quit. From counseling to the patch, Chantix to nicotine gum, we made every option available to all hospital employees. More than 180 employees took advantage of the program and successfully quit in the six months leading up to the Smokeout.
Know someone who’s still smoking or otherwise using tobacco? It’s time to give them the encouragement they need to quit — for good.
The American Cancer Society has a wide variety of tools to help people “kick butts”. Their site includes a guide to quitting smoking, desktop downloads like a quit-clock and a crave button and support from trained counselors.
Need some facts to convince your friend or loved one it’s time to quit? Try these:
- Smokers who quit can expect to live as many as 10 years longer than people who keep smoking.
- Cigarette smoking accounts for 443,000 premature deaths (including 49,400 nonsmokers).
- 30% of all cancer deaths (and 87% of lung cancer deaths) can be attributed to smoking.
- Smoking accounts for $193 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year.
If the smoker you know isn’t comfortable with the online world, FMH has a comprehensive Smoking Cessation Program that includes face-to-face meetings.
The point is this: help is out there if you’re ready to make the commitment. Don’t put it off, put it out.