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HRH Introduces Tobacco and Smoking Cessation Program

September 13, 2010
Holy Rosary Healthcare recently introduced a new tobacco and smoking cessation program that provides individuals assistance when they’ve decided to kick the habit. The 2008 National Health Interview Survey from the National Center for Health Statistics in the United States reported an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1 percent) and 21.1 million women (18.3 percent) are smokers. These people are at higher risks of heart attack and stroke. Locally, a 2006 community health assessment reported 23.2 percent of adult men and 19.4 percent of women in Miles City smoked. There were significant differences in cigarette smoking based on household income levels with 38.5 percent of people living at or below 200 percent of poverty smoked, whereas 13.3 percent of Miles City adults above the 200 percent poverty line smoked. An additional 10.8 percent of Miles City adults smoke cigars or use smokeless tobacco daily. Holy Rosary Healthcare’s new Tobacco & Smoking Cessation program involves one-on-one coaching, typically over eight sessions, with a trained respiratory therapist. “Because of the number of health risk factors that accompany smoking or tobacco use, insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, willingly pay for cessation counseling or coaching,” explained Tina Webb, RT, lead cardiopulmonary therapist at Holy Rosary. “While the person has to be ready and motivated to quit, there is really no reason not to pursue the coaching sessions and about a hundreds reasons to do so.” Webb explained that the side effects of smoking also impact others in a household, often increase asthma and respiratory problems in children and others. The American Heart Association also reports that secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be goup one carcinogens. Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death. In order to be covered by insurance, a provider referral is necessary to enter the program and can be obtained by visiting a primary care physician or PA at Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic, located at 2600 Wilson Street in Miles City, or any medical clinic. For more information on Holy Rosary’s Tobacco and Smoking Cesation program, call the cardiopulmonary department at 406.233.2726.