Canton, Ohio: Think you’re too old to quit smoking? Think again. Studies show that even smokers who quit after age 70 boost their chances of living longer, healthier lives. Mercy Medical Center’s Smoking Cessation Program can help you quit at any age and reduce your risk of heart disease, lung disease and cancer.
Mercy offers a free six-week smoking cessation class at the hospital, and work-site classes are also available. Through grant funding, Mercy is also offering free nicotine-replacement patches for eight weeks or a one-month supply of Chantix – a smoking cessation medication – with a second month at half-price for qualified individuals until June 30 or while supplies last. Funding was provided from a competitive grant offered through the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) in partnership with the Stark County Health Department.
“Nicotine-replacement skin patches are designed to fight your cravings to smoke while making you feel less anxious and irritable,” says Julie Goodrick, B.A., tobacco treatment specialist at Mercy Medical Center. Chantix is a prescription medication, which contains an active ingredient that acts at sites in the brain affected by nicotine dependence. “The drug eases withdrawal symptoms, and if patients pick the habit up again, the drug dulls their positive response to it,” Goodrick says.
Mercy is also offering up to nine weeks of pulmonary rehabilitation – or even a one-time informational visit – for the community’s uninsured and underserved thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association. The goal of Mercy’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is to improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic lung disease.
To learn more about Mercy’s Smoking Cessation Program or Pulmonary Rehabilitation, call 330-489-1270.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton and Plain Township. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see www.cantonmercy.com.