January 13, 2012
Nashville, Tenn., (January 13, 2012) – If the numerous health benefits of quitting smoking didn't get smokers' attention, maybe the possibility of not getting a job will sway more to kick the habit. As recent news reports indicate, more and more employers are only hiring non-smokers.
This new hiring trend doesn't make smoking cessation easier, but help is available in our communities. Centennial Medical Center offers quarterly smoking cessation clinics using a group setting that helps smokers address the physical, mental, and social aspects of their nicotine addiction. Participants are guided in the steps involved in successfully quitting smoking during the eight-week session, the first of which begins January 17.
"The Heart Wellness Center provides individuals who are ready to start their journey to a smoke-free lifestyle with the tools and support to succeed for a life-long change," said Kerry Cummings, cessation clinic coordinator. "We start by attempting to build motivation for cessation by weighing the pros and cons and making a list of reasons to quit. Then we study each individual's smoking habits and form a plan for quitting based on their personal patterns."
The group discusses approaches to dealing with urges to smoke, including using medicines to help alleviate symptoms. Long-term strategies are identified for each participant that includes behaviors alternative to smoking. Cummings believes that the group support setting assists in encouraging participants throughout the program.
Individuals that want to learn more can visit TriStarHealth.com or call (800) 242-5662.
Centennial Medical Center, part of HCA/TriStar Health System, is a 657-bed facility that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). One of Tennessee’s most complete medical facilities, the hospital campus is home to The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Centennial, Women’s & Children’s Hospital at Centennial, Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region.