According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest global public health threats. In fact, about one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths.
That’s why in 1987, the WHO created World No Tobacco Day, which is recognized each year on May 31. This day urges people to abstain from all forms of tobacco consumption for a 24-hour period. It’s also a call to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce tobacco use.
Leading The Way in Tobacco Cessation
Adventist HealthCare has a long history of leading the way in tobacco cessation efforts.
- In 1960, it was a pulmonary specialist at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, Dr. J. Wayne McFarland, who developed a ground-breaking program that helped people kick the habit in just five days.
- In 1974, Dr. Alfred Munzer, former president of Washington Adventist Hospital’s medical staff, began work to fight second hand smoke. Testifying before congress, his efforts led to the banning of smoking on airlines.
- More recently, Dr. Munzer was involved in an international effort with the WHO to set the stage for a global fight against smoking.
- On Nov. 15, 2007, the Washington Adventist Hospital became a tobacco free campus.
- On Feb. 13, 2013, Washington Adventist Hospital’s inpatient Tobacco Cessation Program was highlighted as a best practice at the Maryland Million Hearts Symposium, which brought together health-care and community leaders who support the national Million Hearts initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.
Stop Smoking Today!
You too can help in the effort to improve the health of our community and reduce the number of tobacco-related deaths. Choose to stop smoking today!
Ready to Quit? We’re Here to Help!
Counseling and medication can more than double the chance that a smoker trying to quit will succeed. The Tobacco Cessation Program at Adventist HealthCare provides one-on-one counseling over the phone with a certified tobacco cessation counselor, FREE nicotine replacement therapy, follow-up support and more!
For more information and to schedule a FREE consultation, visit www.AdventistHealthCare.com/QuitSmoking.