Smoking, prevention and New Year's Resolutions

By Bridget McCandless, President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

It’s that time of year again when many of my patients are trying to quit smoking.

My job is only to be the cheerleader because I know that they have to choose to quit for their own reasons. I’m as amazed by those who set down the pack and never look back as I am by those who are willing to keep trying to quit, despite their relapses.

Patients tell me that when they give up their smokes it’s like saying goodbye to a friend, confidant and comforter. Some grieve the loss of their cigarettes, but no one ever grieves their ability to breathe better.

Truman Medical Centers working toward a healthier Kansas City

In the post below, Truman Medical Centers President/CEO John Bluford gives us a glimpse into how the hospital has carefully implemented a hiring policy based on tobacco usage, which was one of the 64 prevention strategies competing in Health Madness. Even though hiring practices was eliminated early on, Truman Medical Centers is truly embodying the spirit of Health Madness by implementing policies that have a healthful effect on its environment and its employees.

Community Creates Unique American Indian Quit Smoking Program

The following is an excerpt from American Lung Association's report, Cutting Tobacco's Rural Roots: Tobacco Use in Rural Communities. Posted with permission.* You can find the full report here.

The Americans with the highest smoking rates among all ethnic groups have been the least