Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States with over 440,000 deaths a year. Many people try to quit on their own, but often fail without assistance.
Mercy Health System's Smoking Cessation Program is committed to helping patients and community kick the habit.
Every inpatient at Mercy Suburban Hospital with a tobacco-use history within the past twelve months is visited by a member of our cessation program. Counseling and resources are offered to assist them with quitting. Patients with second-hand smoke exposure in their home or workplace are given education packets specifically addressing environmental tobacco smoke.
Smoking Cessations Programs & Support Groups
Mercy Health System offers a FREE smoking cessation program, Freedom from Smoking, to the community through Mercy Suburban Hospital. The Freedom from Smoking program consists of eight sessions over a seven-week period including education, support, behavior change strategies, nutrition counseling, medication options and a planned quit night. This program is offered four times a year.
Mercy Suburban also offers a Smoking Cessation Support Group, which provides continuing support for those who have previously attended the Freedom from Smoking program and want to stay connected.
Please visit our calendar of classes and events to learn more about Mercy's smoking cessation programs and support groups in your area.
Upon request, Tobacco Counselors from the program visit schools and businesses to help provide cessation services in the community.
The smoking cessation project is supported by the Health Promotion Council and funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Tom Corbett, Governor.