St. Joseph’s Healthcare Recognizes American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout
Today, November 16, St. Joseph Healthcare will recognize the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke Out, which is observed annually on the third Thursday in November, to encourage smokers to call it quits for 1 day, or devise a plan to quit, and begin working toward better overall health.
Currently more than 36 million Americans smoke cigarettes. In fact, in 1965 42% of the U.S. population smoked. By 2015, through awareness and education, that rate dropped to approximately 15%. However, the addictive smoking of cigars, pipes and hookah are on the rise and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world.
“At St. Joe’s we are encouraging the local community to take inspiration from this event – to reach out to smokers in their lives and support them,” said Ganesha Santhyadka, MD, St. Joseph Healthcare. “Those who commit to kicking the habit will benefit from a healthier lifestyle and significantly reduce their risk of cancer.”
Our Respiratory Care Team Can Help
Our respiratory care practice sets the standard for excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of lung related diseases, offering a variety of services as well as a modern pulmonary function lab, medical imaging department and pulmonary rehabilitation program. They also offer smoking cessation counseling on an outpatient basis. For information on these sessions, call 207.907.1809. The respiratory care team may be reached at:
St. Joseph Hospital
360 Broadway – Suite 202
Watch WVII TV 7 today as Dr. Santhyadka talks about the importance of this day!