To Our Patients and Visitors:
Beginning on September 1, 2010, Cottage Hospital will adopt a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy. This policy means that patients, visitors, employees and physicians are prohibited from using tobacco products anywhere inside or outside Cottage Hospital.
Cottage Hospital has joined hospitals across the nation that have become tobacco-free. This change is intended to help Cottage Hospital maintain the healthiest possible environment for patients, employees and visitors.
Upon your admission or visit to Cottage Hospital, please notify the admissions staff if you use tobacco. This information will be forwarded to clinicians who can help you quit, provide tobacco-abatement products, or discuss alternative resources for you.
Thank you for your cooperation with this important initiative and for helping maintain a healthier environment for everyone.
If you choose to quit or cut back on tobacco-use, we are always happy to talk with you about it. We have free community smoking cessation classes available though September and October and please also consider calling the tobacco quit line, 1-800-QUIT NOW, where trained coaches can help you through the quitting process.
Maria Ryan, PhD, FNP
Chief Executive Officer
Here are some quick tips to help you prepare for quitting tobacco
- Get Ready: Set a quit date and stick to it – not even a single puff!
- Get Support and Encouragement: Tell your family, friends, and coworkers you are quitting and talk to your doctor or other health care provider.
- Learn New Skills and Behaviors: Change your routine, reduce stress, distract yourself from urges to smoke, plan something enjoyable to do every day.
- Get Medication and Use it Correctly: Talk with your health care provider about which medication will work best for you.
- Be prepared for Relapse or Difficult Situations!