In April 2004, through the collaborative efforts of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care, a Smoking Cessation program was implemented at The Heart Hospital at Providence. Staff in both areas underwent training with the American Cancer Society.
The program is designed to provide notification by way of electronic message to the Cardiopulmonary Staff that a patient has been identified as a user of tobacco via the Admission Assessment. The staff then visits the patient and offers educational information and/or 1:1 instructions on discontinuing the use of tobacco.
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Free Smoking Cessation Quit Kit
Secondhand Smoke Affects Everyone
Tobacco smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, including 200 known poisons such as DDT, arsenic, and carbon monoxide. Every time someone lights up a cigarette, cigar or pipe, these poisons are released into the air. Everyone around a smoker is exposed to this secondhand smoke and the poisons in it.
Children of smokers have a greater chance of developing health problems such as:
- Ear infections – congestion in the ear tubes resulting in poor fluid drainage
- Bronchitis and pneumonia – especially during the first two years of life
- Congestion & wheezing
- Increased mucous and phlegm production
Babies who are around secondhand smoke have more health problems than babies who do not breathe smoke, such as:
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Low birth weight
- Weaker lungs
Secondhand smoke affects pregnant women:
- A higher rate of miscarriages and stillbirths
- An increased risk of having low birth weight infants
- Children born with decreased lung function
- Children with greater risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
The more a baby, child or pregnant woman is exposed to secondhand smoke, the greater the risk of harm.
If you are a smoker, the best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit smoking. In the meantime, you can protect your family by only smoking outside. If you or someone you know wants help quitting smoking call the American Cancer Society Toll-free Quitline. 877-YES-QUIT or 877-937-7848. The Quitline provides free advice and counseling by phone 24 hours a day.