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Florida Hospitals Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

VOLUSIA/FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., December 4, 2013 – In support of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21, local Florida Hospitals hosted events to help those who are considering quitting smoking.

Florida Hospital DeLand encouraged smokers to quit “cold turkey,” as those who signed up for a free smoking cessation class received a free cold turkey sub sandwich.

Florida Hospital Flagler encouraged smokers to quit “cold turkey,” as they handed out free cold turkey sub sandwiches and information on free smoking cessation classes.

Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center also provided a free turkey sub to participants that participated in free carbon monoxide (CO) testing for smokers. CO is a poisonous gas that a person cannot smell or see. It is produced in car exhaust, fumes and from tobacco smoke and mainly affects the lungs, heart and blood vessels. When smoke from a cigarette is inhaled, CO is absorbed into the blood through the lining of the lungs. It then binds with hemoglobin in the red blood cells, preventing the red blood cells from carrying oxygen to the rest of the body. The CO test does not predict the exact number of cigarettes that have been smoked. Rather it is an indicator of how much smoke a smoker is inhaling, making it a good indicator of a smoker’s dependence to nicotine.
 
The American Cancer Society celebrates the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to quit smoking. By quitting, even just for one day, smokers take an important step towards a healthier life.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — that’s nearly one in every five adults.

About Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler
Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is a member of the Adventist Health System, the nation’s largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider with a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation, with 44 hospitals within ten states, 79,000 employees, 7,700 licensed beds, and 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.

With five hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida Hospital is the largest hospital system in the area, with 788 beds, 4,900 employees, and 650,000 patients every year. In 2012, Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler collectively contributed more than $110 million in benefits to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements.

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On Thursday, November 21, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center provided free carbon monoxide (CO) testing in support of the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout. Joyce Geno, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and Florida Hospital Oceanside Respiratory Therapist and Stop Smoking Coordinator, helped an employee take a CO test.