As part of the Great Plains Regional Medical Center's "GPFit" community wellness initiative, the med center is offering a five-week, free-of-charge tobacco cessation program beginning April 15.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 19 percent of Nebraska’s adult population smokes tobacco.
The program is open to people who currently use any tobacco product, not just cigarettes. It is led by two tobacco treatment specialist who help participants on the path to becoming tobacco free, Lisback said.
The program will be held weekly from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Great Plains Dakota meeting room.
To register, go to www.gprmc.com and search the events calendar, or contact Beth Nozicka at 308.696.8886. The program is open to the first 20 people who enroll.
Nineteen percent of adults is far too many people smoking, considering the harmful effects that smoking has on overall health, said Fiona Libsack, Great Plains vice president of marketing and communication. Research shows that smoking increases a person’s chance of:
• Lung cancer (the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States)
• Heart disease
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• Other cancers such as bladder, colon, esophagus, larynx, liver, pancreas and throat
"The GPFit community wellness initiative is about improving the health of our community,” said Libsack. “Through this initiative, we target issues that have a negative impact on overall health and put programs and education in place to help break down the barriers toward total wellness. The Great Plains Tobacco Cessation Program is one such program.”
About Great Plains
Great Plains Regional Medical Center is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute care regional medical center serving west central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 82 physicians representing 27 medical specialties, it offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer and orthopedic surgery services.
Great Plains is a level III trauma center with all of its emergency room physicians board certified in emergency medicine. The system employs 941 employees and serves a geographic area spanning some 16,000 square miles.