Community Hospital encourages community to spread the word on benefits of not smoking
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Contact: Monica Sciuto (831) 622-2756
Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505
MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is joining the American Cancer Society in spreading the word on the Great American Smokeout® on Thursday, November 20. The Smokeout encourages those who smoke or use tobacco to use this date to start the quitting process by making a plan, or preparing ahead to quit on this day.
Community Hospital encourages everyone to designate November 20 — even if they are not one who smokes or uses tobacco products — to help the cause by encouraging a loved one or friend to quit smoking and giving them the support and resources they need. For parents, this day is an opportunity to have a discussion with their kids about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke, and prepare them for how to react when they get offered their first cigarette.
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, with about 42 million Americans still smoking cigarettes and an additional 15.7 million Americans smoking cigars or pipes. According to a community health needs assessment study conducted by Community Hospital in 2013, 12.8 percent of Monterey Peninsula residents smoke cigarettes either regularly or on occasion.
“Smoking is one of the hardest habits to break and one of the easiest to pick up,” says Ida Corby, respiratory therapist at Community Hospital. “It only takes 11 cigarettes to start the addiction to smoking.”
To lead by example, Community Hospital does not hire people who smoke or use tobacco. As a healthcare provider, it is important that Community Hospital’s locations maintain a healthy and safe environment for all employees, volunteers, patients, and visitors.
To support those who wish to quit, a comprehensive Community Hospital smoking cessation program, called Kick the Nic, is available for the community. “Research shows that it is important to start the quitting process with a full tool box that includes a support system, nicotine replacement, and individual counseling,” says Corby. People who wish to quit smoking will receive a comprehensive assessment, weekly coaching, and an evaluation of their need for nicotine replacement and/or prescription medications to help them stop smoking. As part of the program, a 30-minute introductory consultation is available at no charge and can be done over the phone. In some instances, insurance may cover part of the program. For more information or to schedule an introductory consultation, call Cardiopulmonary Wellness at (831) 883-5660.
In celebration of this important day, Community Hospital is offering free chest CT scans for the first 10 qualifying patients who are at high risk for lung cancer due to smoking. New research shows that lung cancer deaths can be reduced by 20 percent using CT screening, which finds cancers earlier than X-rays. In order to be eligible for the free CT scan, patients must be a resident of Monterey County between the ages of 55 and 80, have smoked approximately one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or the equivalent (for example, two packs a day for 15 years), and still be smoking or have quit within the last 15 years. For more information on this program and for a chance at this free screening, please contact Community Hospital’s Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology department at (831) 625-4845.
To learn more about smoking, including videos, testimonials, resources, and other helpful tips, visit www.chomp.org/kickthenic.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, and a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, Peninsula Wellness Center, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/