"Kick ash" during the Great American Smoke Out
PinnacleHealth | 11.14.13
HARRISBURG, Pa. (November 13, 2013) -- PinnacleHealth is encouraging tobacco users to “kick ash” during the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 21. Smokers interested in taking a healthy step toward quitting can utilize this day to choose not to smoke for 24 hours, or gather resources to prepare for cessation efforts.
PinnacleHealth hopes tobacco users to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting—even for one day—smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life—one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Using two or more of these measures to help you quit works better than using any one of them alone. For example, some people use a prescription medicine along with nicotine replacement. Other people may use as many as three or four of the methods listed above.
The PinnacleHealth Tobacco Cessation Supportive Services program offers education, prevention, and supportive services to those struggling with tobacco addiction. For more information about tobacco cessation programs at PinnacleHealth, call ( 717)782-6268.
Dr. Troy Moritz, thoracic surgeon with PinnacleHealth Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, will lead a discussion on quitting smoking, as well as about the vast resources that are available to you and your loved ones on your journey to become tobacco free. Representatives from the American Lung Association and PA Lung Partnership will be on site as well. Quit kits will be distributed, and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.
DATE: Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.
LOCATION: GIANT Super Food Store, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill
REGISTER: PinnacleHealth oneLine (717) 231-8900 or toll-free (877) 499-3299.
The Link Between Smoking and Lung Cancer
Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers. Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons. People who smoke are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer.
Lung cancer begins as a pulmonary nodule, which is any “spot” in the lung less than three centimeters in diameter. When a nodule is detected early (Stage 1), there is a better chance for a cure.
The PinnacleHealth Pulmonary Nodule Clinic is the only multidisciplinary group in the region that comprehensively manages pulmonary nodules. As part of the PinnacleHealth Cancer Center, we use the most advanced technology, including a low-dose screening CT scan, shown to increase lung cancer survival by 20%, to identify nodules.
For more information and to schedule a lung cancer screening call the Pulmonary Nodule Clinic, on the PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Campus toll-free at 1-855-855-LUNG (5864).
About PinnacleHealth System Pinnacle
Health is a pioneer not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to providing and improving the health and quality of life for the people of Central Pennsylvania since 1873. A proven leader in medical innovation, PinnacleHealth offers a wide range of services from primary care to the most complex surgeries and Magnet recognition for nursing excellence. The healthcare network includes four campuses (Community, West Shore, Harrisburg and Polyclinic). The West Shore Hospital will open in Hampden Township in 2014. The five-story hospital will include 108 beds with an emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management, and private patient rooms. Medical services, including family practice, imaging, outpatient surgery and oncology are offered at multiple locations throughout the region. For a complete list of services, visit our website at www.pinnaclehealth.org.