Monday, November 04, 2013
'Smokeout' team to help hospital visitors kick the habit
UHS News Release
Contact: Jon Tooley, 762-2336 or email@example.com
November 4, 2013
An estimated 21 percent of the Broome County population
smokes cigarettes. UHS Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Laura
Schutt, RN, MSN, wants to change that. On Thursday, November 21, she
and her colleagues plan to distribute tobacco cessation information at
five UHS locations in commemoration of the national Great American
Smokeout campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
year since the 1970s, the third Thursday in November has been proclaimed
the Great American Smokeout day. All tobacco users are encouraged to
refrain from smoking on that day with the hope that they will give up
the habit for good.
This year, the UHS tobacco cessation group
called TeamACT will staff information booths at UHS Wilson Medical
Center, UHS Binghamton General, UHS Chenango Memorial and UHS Delaware
Valley hospitals, and in the lobby of UHS Vestal Primary Care offices
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will reach out to UHS employees and
visitors in an effort to lower the smoking rate in the area.
New York State, 16 percent of the population smokes, so the rate in
Broome County is significantly higher,” said Ms. Schutt, TeamACT program
coordinator. “We want that number to shrink. And we know that when
someone tries to quit ‘cold turkey’ the success rate is only 7 percent.
But with counseling and medication, the success rate climbs to 30
percent. That’s why we want to get the cessation information out to as
many people as we can.”
UHS TeamACT is one of nineteen cessation
centers under the New York State Tobacco Control Program. Team members
often refer smokers to the NYS Smokers’ Quit Line for a series of
telephone counseling sessions and a free starter pack of nicotine
UHS TeamACT also provides individual and group counseling
for tobacco cessation by phone or in person at the Stay Healthy Center
at the Oakdale Mall. Each Monday evening Laura Schutt hosts a tobacco
cessation class at the center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The classes are free
and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, call UHS
Nurse Direct at (607) 763-5555 or call Laura Schutt at (607) 763-5091.
UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and
healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties.
Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical,
rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations
around New York’s Southern Tier.